WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) – Two-time Olympic champion Matthias Mayer was the fastest in a training run for the classic downhill run on the Lauberhorn, which requires weather-related support to be completed on Saturday as planned.
Mayer was 0.11 seconds faster on Thursday than Mauro Caviezel on the 4.27-kilometer circuit, which is by far the longest on the World Cup circuit.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde finished third, 0.31 points behind the Olympic downhill gold medalist Mayer 2014, because the season’s two outstanding downhill riders concentrated on important sections of the route.
World Cup downhill leader Dominik Paris drove the fastest speed of 148 km / h on a straight passage in a clear blue sky in two minutes.
The two-time Lauberhorn winner Beat Feuz was the fastest on the upper section overlooked by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, but lost in the finish.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle was fifth in a strong performance by the American team after finishing second behind Caviezel in the practice run on Tuesday.
Bryce Bennett was ninth and Steven Nyman was eleventh. Nyman will not support his teammates at Friday’s alpine combination event, which uses a shorter version of the legendary Lauberhorn course.
The 90-year-old Swiss ski race faces challenging conditions on Saturday. Snowfall is forecast overnight until just before 12:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) start time.
The organizers said they could switch to the lower starting gate, which would result in a victory time of around 1 minute and 50 seconds if the icy racing surface could not be cleared of snow.
Heavy snowfall could also affect the traditional pre-race flyover by a Swiss airline passenger jet accompanied by military jets.
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