Place Kitzbuehel (AUT) Discipline Downhill
Date 21.01.2006 Category FIS World Cup
Race codex 0116 Gender M
Valid for FIS Points NO TD Name Johnson Greg P. (USA)
OFFICIAL RESULTS - FIRST TRAINING
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
1 10 50182 STROBL Fritz 1972 AUT 1:56.35
2 12 50041 WALCHHOFER Michael 1975 AUT 1:57.90
3 25 191116 DALCIN Pierre-Emmanuel 1977 FRA 1:58.13
4 13 531040 RAHLVES Daron 1973 USA 1:58.33
5 17 510767 HOFFMANN Ambrosi 1977 SUI 1:58.49
6 14 50423 MAIER Hermann 1972 AUT 1:58.53
7 20 420382 AAMODT Kjetil Andre 1971 NOR 1:58.54
8 30 510030 CUCHE Didier 1974 SUI 1:58.60
9 6 50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT 1:58.76
10 15 510727 DEFAGO Didier 1977 SUI 1:58.86
11 5 50451 GRUBER Christoph 1976 AUT 1:58.90
12 8 350032 BUECHEL Marco 1971 LIE 1:58.92
13 16 510478 KERNEN Bruno 1972 SUI 1:59.13
14 31 50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT 1:59.18
15 9 290255 GHEDINA Kristian 1969 ITA 1:59.26
16 1 50124 SCHIFFERER Andreas 1974 AUT 1:59.35
17 29 190930 DENERIAZ Antoine 1976 FRA 1:59.41
18 26 500150 JAERBYN Patrik 1969 SWE 1:59.44
19 44 290998 STAUDACHER Patrick 1980 ITA 1:59.55
20 19 50625 RAICH Benjamin 1978 AUT 1:59.59
21 43 291389 FISCHNALLER Roland 1975 ITA 1:59.72
22 27 420470 KJUS Lasse 1971 NOR 1:59.92
23 33 50695 BUDER Andreas 1979 AUT 2:00.11
23 11 102263 GUAY Erik 1981 CAN 2:00.11
25 47 102814 BOURQUE Francois 1984 CAN 2:00.17
26 23 191591 BERTRAND Yannick 1980 FRA 2:00.37
27 4 291641 SULZENBACHER Kurt 1976 ITA 2:00.39
28 42 560332 JERMAN Andrej 1978 SLO 2:00.57
28 7 532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA 2:00.57
30 39 532490 MACARTNEY Scott 1978 USA 2:00.68
31 35 532173 JOHNSON Justin J 1977 USA 2:00.80
32 37 420911 SOLBAKKEN Bjarne 1977 NOR 2:01.05
33 51 560302 SPAROVEC Gregor 1977 SLO 2:01.09
34 58 561177 STROBL Josef 1974 SLO 2:01.15
35 28 291116 FATTORI Alessandro 1973 ITA 2:01.16
36 38 102873 KUCERA John 1984 CAN 2:01.26
37 36 292291 THANEI Stefan 1981 ITA 2:01.50
38 52 190915 BOURGEAT Pierrick 1976 FRA 2:01.63
39 48 40171 BRANCH Craig 1977 AUS 2:01.91
40 40 533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA 2:01.98
41 56 560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO 2:02.03
42 32 510207 HARI Konrad 1978 SUI 2:02.13
43 22 220228 MICKEL Finlay 1977 GBR 2:02.19
44 54 292056 GUFLER Michael 1979 ITA 2:02.23
45 49 192139 VIEUX Cyril 1983 FRA 2:02.25
46 3 102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN 2:02.27
47 2 510051 GRUENENFELDER Juerg 1974 SUI 2:02.47
48 53 192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA 2:02.84
49 34 533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA 2:03.26
50 55 350069 SPRECHER Claudio 1980 LIE 2:05.00
51 60 200056 ERTL Andreas 1975 GER 2:05.26
52 45 292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA 2:06.69
53 62 480736 HOROSHILOV Alexandr 1984 RUS 2:08.44
Alpine Skiing Kitzbuehel
Strobl fastest in Kitzbuehel training run
Austrian Fritz Strobl clocked the fastest time during the Downhill training run in Kitzbuehel, Austria on Tuesday ahead of compatriot Michael Walchhofer, 1.55 seconds off the pace and Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin of France, 1.78 seconds behind. Last year's Super-G winner Hermann Maier was sixth fastest.
Serious contender for this year's Downhill combined, American Daron Rahlves was 1.98 seconds off the pace in fourth place.
The men took to the piste on Tuesday in preparation for this weekend's show stopping Downhill combined event on the 'Streif' run.
The course starts off at an altitude of 1.665m, sees the skiers get up to hair-raising speeds and drops down 860m to the finish line.
Kitzbuehel has to be the most prestigious stop on the World Cup Tour. This celebrated event hosts some of best and most dangerous runs on the tour offering Downhill and Slalom specialists a chance to prove their worth.
It is the Super-G however that gets us underway for the combined on Friday on the 'Streifalm' slope.
The Streifalm starts off at an altitude of 1 388 metres and the skiers will bomb down the piste at a vertical drop of 583 metres to the finish line.
Last year Austrian ace Hermann 'the Herminator' Maier took a home-snow victory ahead American Daron Rahlves and fellow compatriot Fritz Strobl.
Rahlves - 3 World Cup downhill wins already this season - will be out to prove himself once again on the slopes.
The American beat off competition in 2003 to win the downhill event, in 2004 he put in a solid performance to take the Super-G title and in 2005 got pipped to the victory post by Maier in the Super-G
After inspecting out the course on Monday FIS Race Director Helmut Schmalzl and technical delegate Greg Johnson gave the thumbs up for the conditions of the slope.
And with temperatures edging towards -5/-6°C for the weekend coupled with the expertly prepared slopes some exhilarating skiing should be the order of the day.
Alpine Skiing Kitzbuehel
Eberharter: Long road to victory on the Streif
Thomas Janz & JM
Slideshow: Kitzbühel 2006"Whoever wins in Kitzbuehel is a big name in skiing," says retired Austrian legend Stephan Eberharter. He should know, having won twice, including 2004 when he blew away the rest of the competition by more than a second. "Steff" tells our own Thomas Janz about what it takes to tame the "Streif".
eurosport.de: "When you're standing in the starthouse, the Streif is barking out at you - and if you don't bark back, you'll get bitten," says Andreas Schifferer about the Streif. How would you describe the notorious run?
Stephan Eberharter: It is like that, the Streif bares its teeth and you can't let yourself be intimidated. Quite the opposite: You have to ski aggressively with plenty of focus and courage. You'll get the best results that way.
How did you feel, when you skied down the "Streif" for the first time in your life?
Eberharter: I fared a similar way to the young skiers today - I wasn't particularly happy. It took a while to get accustomed - it was only over the years that I made my peace with the "Streif" and even became fond of her. But for all those who are there for the first time in Kitzbuehel, it's a small shock when you chance a first glance out of the starthouse.
There's a story that your then roommate Peter Wirnsberger advised you in training against going down the "Streif" for the first time due to its extreme difficulty.
Eberharter: Yeah, that story is true. At that time I was the newcomer in the downhill team. The experienced Peter Wirnsberger wanted to intimidate me with this little "trick". He told me that the piste was "pretty bad" and that you "shouldn't go down it when it's not really necessary". A little later I went down it, despite all the warnings from a certain Peter Wirnsberger.
What makes the downhill in Kitzebuehel so alluring?
Eberharter: It's not just the run itself. Kitzbuehel is a legend. The flair and whole buzz around it play just as big a part. The social programme is a lot more extensive now and there are lots of parties. On top of that, a lot of celebrities visit the Hahnenkamm races. TV shows the showdown all over the world, which helps the sport gain popularity. There's also the whole challenge of the Streif: Whoever wins in "Kitz" is a big name in skiing.
You've won everything in your career. How do you rank the downhill victories in Kitzbuehel in 2002 and 2004?
Eberharter: They're very significant. As a successful skier you have to have won at least once in Kitzbuehel. I was fortunate enough to do it twice in the downhill. I can sense it from the reaction of the people, who will never forget my victory in 2004 when I blew away the rest of the competition by more than a second. I'm still being talked about today for that. A victory in Kitzbuehel is simply something special.
What's your personal recipe for success on the Streif?
Eberharter: It's a long road to getting the self-confidence that allows you take a tighter and more brutal line, like the one I chose in 2004. The wealth of experience of the years in the World Cup plays a big part there.
Then you can't let yourself get rattled on external factors such as interruptions and falls. You just go your own way, try not to make any mistakes, concentrate on the job and not let things get on top of you. That will lead to success.
Who are your personal favourites for a Hahnenkamm win in 2006?
Eberharter: I've got two tips: My former teammate Fritz Strobl and U.S. boy Daron Rahlves.
Posted: Jan 19, 2006 - 12:18 PM GMT
Edited: Jan 19, 2006 - 12:19 PM GMT
Thursday's training session canceled, good weather scheduled for the next three days. 15" - 25 " of new snow today, powder day in Austria. Outlook is excellent for three days of good weather in Kitz. Super G is scheduled for Friday.
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EBERHARTER: How to tame the Streif
13:14 Pepe Strobl goes 1:25.74 which puts him provisionally 41st. Four more skiers left.
13:13 Marco Sullivan goes provisional 38th... None of the others have come close to cracking the top 30.
13:02 Ghedina did not start.
13:01 1:25.06 for Mickel who takes provisional 35th...
12:59 Felix Neureuther not a speed specialist takes provisional 31st...
12:56 We'll keep you posted if more skiers crack the top 30...
12:52 Still to come... Finlay Mickel (bib#46), Ghedina (#4, Marco Sullivan (#56), Pepe Strobl (#57)...
12:50 Heel with the best performance of his career as he cracks the top 20!
12:46 THERE'S A SHOCK! Klaus Kröll, who's never gone better than 10th in Super G finishes provisional fifth ahead of Rahlves & co...
12:40 So make it 13 podium finishes for the Herminator and the best performance of the year by the veteran Austrian! Peter Fill equally delighted to figure on the podium...
12:39 MILLER ATTACKS TOO MUCH AND PAYS THE PRICE: The American attacked the course with a lot of agression but his lines were too wide and he slid off the piste and out of the Super-G
12:37 MAIER PUTS IN A CRACKING PERFORMANCE: Great top section knocking -0.19 seconds off the pace. Quick through the midway point and attacks the bottom section very agressively. The veteran tucks up well to take on the last jump of the run and glides to the top spot.
12:34 RAHLVES JUST MISSES OUT: Daron Rahlves is slower than expect on the top section...he made up time on the bottom but not enough to get into the top three.
12:31 SVINDAL BANGS HIS POLE INTO THE SNOW WITH DISAPPOINTMENT: The Norwegian can't believe the time he put in as he looks back up the run. Not agressive enough. But it's very tight with the top ten times.
12:30 BENNY RAICH CAN'T PUT IN THE PERFORMANCE: The Austrian couldn't attack the course in a positive and agressive way and crossed the line wlel down the order.
12:28 WALCHOFFER IS WELL OFF THE PACE: The Austrian fell victim to the ruts on the piste, taking his skies in opposite directions but he recovered well to finish the course but well off the pace.
12:26 ERIK GUAY LOSES IT ON THE LAST JUMP: Up until then the Canadian had put in a very fast top and bottom section but he got too much hang time on that infamous last jump and loses far too much time. Very unlucky
12:23 DIDIER DEFAGO DISAPPOINTED: A slow run from the Swiss skier. Couldn't quite get a grip of the icy piste and is well down the order.
12:18 KJETIL ANDRE AAMODT HAS DECIDED NOT TO START THE RACE: The Norwegian champion has preferred to skip this event due to personal reasons.
12:15 GOERGLE DOWN SAFELY: But he can't escape the difficulty of that last jump of the run. Not the best of landings and loses him some valuable seconds.
12:13 REICHELT VERY QUICK AT THE TOP: But loses just a little time on the bottom part. Still he's quick enough to land second for the time being. The bottom section is causing the trouble for the skiers. They are always losing time here.
12:10 STROBL DOWN SAFELY: The austrian gives the crowd something to cheer about as he attacks the course well - top and bottom sections - but just misses out of top spot.
12:07 BOURQUE NEARLY OVERSHOOTS THE LAST JUMP ALSO: but recovers wat the last second to clock his time. 100% concentration is needed from top to bottom if not accidents could happen on this reputed race.
12:06 CHRISTOPHE GRUBER NEARLY DOES NOT MAKE IT: Gruber attacked the course well but nearly didn't make it across the line after he bombed into the last jump a bit too carelessly. The Austrian didn't time it very well and landed on one ski but recovered well to make it across the line.
12:04 The piste is very icy and ruts are more and more present on the run. They have already taken one victim today after Staudacher's skis got caught up sending the Italian off his line.
12:02 KERNAN CAN'T BACK UP A GOOD TOP SECTION TO GET INTO THE TOP THREE: The Swiss had a good solid top section but lost time on the bottom half and is just off the pace.
12:00 SCHIFFERER RECOVERS WELL BUT STILL DOESN'T CUT IT ON BOTTOM SECTION: The Austrian couldn't quite attack the course enoguh to put a dent in the top five times of the day so far.
11:58 LANZINGER LOOKS DISAPPOINTED: The Austrian hitting himself with his pole after a lacklustre effort on home snow.
11:55 TOBIAS GRUENENFELDER RETURNS WITH STYLE ON THE TOP SECTION: Positive top secion for the Swiss but lacked the agressiveness on the bottom section to cause any real damage.
11:53 DIDIER CUCHE IS THE SECOND VICTIM: The Swiss's skis getting caught in a slight rut and forcing the skier to miss his turn for the gate.
11:52 PATRICK STAUDACHER FURIOUS AFTER MISSING A GATE: The Italian just losing control on the mid section - taking it too wide - and missing the gate.
11:50 LASSE KJUS WELL OFF THE PACE: A few errors at the midway point, not agressive enough from the Norwegian.
11:48 PETER FILL CLOCKS A REALISTIC TIME FOR THE REST TO BEAT: Good agressive skiing from the Italian. He has set a real time to beat.
11:47 PATRIK JAERBYN BOMBS DOWN THE RUN: A great top section finding good lines, but on the limit which you have to be to get a strangle hold on this course. He was very fast on the bottom part to knock Hari off his post by -0.01 seconds.
11:42 KONRAD HARI NAILS THE BOTTOM PART OF THE COURSE: He was off the pace at the top section but recovers well at the bottom to clock the fastest time.
11:41 BJARNE SOBAKKEN OF NORWAY ATTACKS THE TOP SECTION WELL: Good solid run at the top giving him the fastest time so far.
11:38 SCOTT MACARTNEY TAKES THE PISTE CONSERVATIVELY: He didn't take the run as agressively as he could and is well off the pace.
11:35 Confident skiing from Deneriaz. He gets down safely after skiing a solid top section. He sets the time to beat.
11:29 Antoine Deneriaz of France will be the first skier out of the starting blocks to get us underway.
11:25 The slope starts with the Mausefalle (Mousetrap), with a 60-degree vertical drop and sharp turns. In the Steilhung section, skiers reach speeds of about 100 kph (62 mph) before approaching the Laerchenschuss and Hausbergkante corner near the bottom of the hill, where final speeds can top 125 kph (78 mph).
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RE-LIVE: Men's Super-G KitzbuehelHermann Maier thrilled fans on Friday as the veteran glided to a home-snow win in the Super-G in Kitzbuehel ahead of Italian Peter Fill. Maier made the run look easy as he tucked up well on the final jump to power home in a time of one minute and 22.97 seconds. Follow the women's Super-G live NOW!
Italian hopes were fulfilled as Fill took advantage of his early start number to clock a time that was to eventually be beaten by a mere 0.05 seconds.
Maier's compatriot Hannes Reichelt was third 0.28 seconds off the pace.
Maier has now won the Super-G event in Kitzbuehel two years running.
American podium hopes were dashed when Daron Rahlves put in a below-par performance to bag sixth place while Bode Miller did not finish.
Miller attacked the course from the get-go but his aggression backfired as he took a gate too wide and missed his line skiing off the course.
The course was extremely icy and was getting chewed up by the minute. But the trickiest part of the run was most definitely the last jump leading to the line.
A few skiers struggled to keep their line after the drop down though most recovered to cross the line safely.
The most notable would have to be Erik Guay of Canada. Guay had put in a very fast top section and equalled it with an aggressive and positive bottom section
The Canadian was in line for the top spot finish, but the infamous last jump got the better of the skier and he lost a lot of seconds after getting too much lift off the jump.
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Herminator ready to rumble in Kitzbühel
François Picard 20/01/2006
Forum: Have your sayHermann Maier says he's over his equipment problems. That's bad news for his main competitors ahead of the Super G in Kitzbühel. Fresh snow could play in the Austrians' favour in general and in particular to the Herminator as he eyes both Friday's race and Saturday's legendary downhill.
Fritz Strobl's best time in downhill practice and the fresh powder play into the hands of the Austrians as they host the most legendary event on the World Cup calendar.
Hermann Maier and American Daron Rahlves have a combined 12 podium finishes between them on the infamous Hahnenkamm course over the last five years.
But it's Maier - who's winless since the season opener in Soelden - who feels the most on song.
"I feel I have a chance to win because I have solved the equipment problems that have hampered my performances since the start of the season," said Maier ahead of the weekend.
EASY DOES IT ON THE STREIF
When he attacks the daunting Streif piste, Maier says he never goes full throttle.
"The Streif challenges you right from the start. You get very, very close to the edge of the slope and the nets. I have never skied down the entire Streif at full speed," he said.
Rahlves became the first non-Austrian to win the Super G two years ago, edging Maier by 0.03 seconds.
With downhill wins this season in Beaver Creek, Bormio, and Wengen, never has the 32-year old Californian skied as well as since he announced that he would retire after the Olympics.
11:35 WE'RE JUST ABOUT UNDERWAY ON THE NOTORIOUS STREIF: As Austria's Andreas Buder will kick us off in bib No. 1 today. As always the big guns lead things off in the top-30 as Fritz Strobl, who led training, will ski 29th, followed by Michael Walchhofer 30th.
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11:43 BORQUE HAS TO PUT ON THE BREAKS: One of the strong Canadians, having a good season Francois Borque is forced to slow things up after nearly crashing on this legendary Streif, he finishes a good two second behind Buder.
11:42 AND BUDER'S OFF: He comes down in one minute and 47.58 seconds to set the early pace, but that shouldn't stand all too long (Buder has never made it onto a World Cup podium).