Mayer reconciled with Saslong

Matthias Mayer clocks the best time in Wednesday's training after a bad crash last year. The Austrian left the competition behind with 1.58:16. He was closely followed by Swiss Carlo Janka (+0.15) and local favorite Peter Fill (+0.41).

The first World Cup Downhill training took place today, Wednesday, on the Saslong in beautiful sunshine and relatively warm temperatures. Matthias Mayer from Carinthia (AUT) clocked the day’s best time after missing the season due to a vertebral body fracture during a jump over the third Camel Hump last year. He placed 17th in the first Downhill race of the season in Val d’Isčre.

Carlo Janka from Switzerland was only 15/100 slower and is hoping for his best Downhill result on the Saslong. in 2010, he finished 9th and never made it back into the top 20. Peter Fill from nearby Castelrotto/Kastelruth confirmed that he is in great shape and came in 3rd, 6/100 ahead of Val Gardena/Gröden specialist Steven Nyman (USA). The American has celebrated all his three World Cups in the valley.

Surprising fifth was Christoph Innerhofer (+0.58). The Saslong is not one of his favorite runs but he also never placed better than 22nd. Further behind placed the two Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud (12th) and Aksel Lund Svindal (16th).