YURKIW TAKES 4th IN GARMISH, PEYONGCHANG TEST EVENT KICKS OFF
Canada Alpin –
Calgary, Alta. (February 6, 2016) – Canadian Larisa Yurkiw (Team Larisa) nabs a fourth-place finish in the sixth downhill of the season in Garmisch, Germany. The 27-year-old narrowly missed out on a podium finish by just 0.23 seconds. Yurkiw moved into first-place after her run, starting with bib number 18, but was pushed out when Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter came down the track wearing bib number 20. Yurkiw has been on a hot streak this season claiming three podium finishes in downhill, making her Canada’s most successful alpine skier this season.
Coach reports indicate today’s track was firmer, faster and more consistent than the racers had seen in training due to a cold snap last night. It’s been a tough year to keep tracks in fair, race ready condition due to the warm weather. Last weekend’s men’s Garmisch super G was cancelled due to inclement conditions.
In today’s downhill, USA’s Lindsey Vonn does it again, adding yet another gold to her growing collection. Vonn led the day by an impressive margin of 1.51 seconds, demonstrating she remains the force to be reckoned with on the women’s speed circuit. Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter took second-place and Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg finished in third-place, 1.57 seconds back from Vonn’s commanding lead.
It was a historical day for the men who raced the first-ever Audi FIS World Cup event in Jeongseon, South Korea. This event is the first of 24 test events for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. It was a tough day for the men’s Canadian speed team on the newly minted 2018 PeyongChang track, where efforts came up short despite perfect weather and snow conditions.
Course reports indicated the snow was hard and grippy, and visibility was good with the sun shining over the track. The venue drew over 2,000 fans to come check out the first of the Olympic test events.
It’s back on-top for a Norwegian Viking as Jansrud Kjetil claims victory on this new track by 0.20 seconds. France’s Paris Dominik takes second-place and USA’s Steven Nyman finishes in third-place, just 0.41 seconds back from Kjetil.
The men will get a chance to run the 2018 Olympic track once more tomorrow for a super G race and the women remain in Garmish for tomorrow’s super G.
4 – Larisa Yurkiw
28 – Erik Guay
39 – Manuel Osborne-Paradis
41 – Benjamin Thomsen
44 – Jeffrey Frisch
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