Fenninger edges Hoefl-Riesch World Cup in downhill training

The Canadian Press
3/10/2014 3:14:46 PM
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LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland -- Anna Fenninger of Austria was faster than Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany in a downhill training session Monday which began their duel for major World Cup honours this week.

Fenninger was third-fastest on the Silvano Beltrametti course, 0.31 seconds behind Slovenian Tina Maze's pace-setting 1 minute, 34.05 seconds. Fabienne Suter of Switzerland was second, 0.10 back.

Hoefl-Riesch was seventh, trailing Fenninger by 0.85 and 1.16 behind Maze.

Hoefl-Riesch leads from Fenninger in the overall and downhill standings entering World Cup finals week, with races scheduled in each of the four disciplines.

In Wednesday's downhill, Hoefl-Riesch starts 80 points ahead with 100 awarded for victory.

Hoefl-Riesch, the 2011 champion, is just 29 ahead overall from her Austrian rival.

On Tuesday, the women have another downhill practice and the men run their first.

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