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Day 1 – Ladies Downhill Training in the Books

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Are, Sweden February 4, 2019 – Sunshine, clear skies and a perfectly prepared race track were presented to the top female downhill skiers of the world for their first training of the 2019 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships in Are, Sweden.

Lindsey Vonn at the fist downhill training in Åre. Photo by Iana Peck
Lindsey Vonn at the fist downhill training in Åre. Photo by Iana Peck

The Are2019 organization worked hard for many months to be ready for today’s kick-off of the world’s biggest alpine skiing event.

Ladies Speed Race Director Toni Franz expressed satisfaction saying that he was very happy with today’s training. “We were surprised how much snow had fallen over the weekend, but the crews did a great job to present a good race track.”  He was very pleased to report that there were no injuries and that the entire team worked so well together. “Not every day do we have such perfect conditions weather wise, so we enjoyed this first pre-racing event very much.”

U.S. top skier Lindsey Vonn had the honor to open today’s proceedings and was all smiles in the finish area.  “The race track is in very good shape.  The jumps are a bit more spectacular than in previous years, but everything is well organized and safe.  My knee held up well and I had a good feeling on the track. I’m very happy to be here.  Thank you to everybody for the hard work.”  

Switzerland’s Lara Gut and Jasmine Flury also complimented the good organization and ideal race conditions.  Lara mentioned that there was still quite a bit of snow on the sides of the track and that this could cause problems to racers missing the ideal line and getting caught in there. 

Italy’s top contender Sofia Goggia arrived very relaxed in the finish area and was very happy to report that everything looked perfect and that she had a good time in this first training.

The winners of the last two World Cup speed events Stephanie Venier and Nici Schmidhofer from Austria were taking selfies on their way back to the hotel saying: “It was perfect today. We had so much fun. Thank you!”

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Lindsey Vonn at the fist downhill training in Åre. Photo by Iana Peck
Lindsey Vonn at the fist downhill training in Åre. Photo by Iana Peck
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Lindsey Vonn has announced that Åre 2019 will mark the end of her remarkable career. Photo by Iana Peck
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ABOUT ÅRE 2019

Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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