Austrian men excel at downhill practice

March 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland, March 12 (UPI) -- Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Hannes Reichelt of Austria turned in the fastest times in Tuesday's downhill training sessions for the World Cup Finals.

Hoefl-Riesch is in second place in the women's overall point standings behind Tina Maze of Slovenia and turned in a time of 1 minute, 34.20 seconds for her run down the bumpy, winding course at Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Hoefl-Riesch said afterward the field of 25 would have their work cut out for them in Wednesday's race. "I obviously didn't ski too bad as I was the fastest," she said. "But it's a really difficult slope and no one feels really good on it. If visibility isn't good tomorrow we are surely in for a really difficult race."

Maze was clocked with the fourth-fastest time at 1:34.51. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was second, 0.18 seconds behind Hoefl-Riesch and American Julia Mancuso finished with the eighth-fastest run.

Austria took the top three spots in the men's practice run. Reichelt led the way with a 1:30.74 followed by teammates Matthias Mayer and Max Franz. Travis Ganong of the United States had the seventh-best time with a 1:32.27.

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