Svindal leads first WC downhill training in Kitzbuehel

Associated Press

1/22/2013 10:00:51 AM

KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- Aksel Lund Svindal posted the fastest time in the first training session for the classic World Cup downhill on the Streif in partly foggy conditions on Tuesday.

The Norwegian former overall champion, who leads the downhill standings, came down the 3.3-kilometre course in 1 minute, 59.34 seconds to lead Hannes Reichelt of Austria by 0.25.

Svindal's teammate, Kjetil Jansrud, was third, 0.66 behind. The rest of the field finished more than a second off the pace.

Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was the top Canadian in fifth.

Andrej Jerman of Slovenia crashed and was taken to the hospital by helicopter. There was no immediate update on his condition.

Another training session is scheduled for Wednesday. The races start on Friday with a super-G, followed by the downhill and a slalom the next two days. The added downhill and slalom results also count as a combined race.