Perfect conditions accompanied the first practice run on the Saslong. Didier Cuche from Switzerland took pole position with a time of 1:59.10 minutes. He was closely followed by Patrik Jaerbyn from Sweden (1:59.38), the Austrian Hans Grugger (1:59.47), the Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal (1:59.66) and Antoine Deneriaz from France (1:59.66). The difference between the first five skiers is only 66 hundredths of a second. This bodes well for a close and exciting race.
The Italian Patrick Staudacher finished in 10th place, Peter Fill 15th and Kurt Sulzenbacher 21st.