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Walchhofer leads downhill training in Val Gardena

Walchhofer leads downhill training in Val Gardena

Michael Walchhofer of Austria led the opening training session Wednesday for the World Cup downhill race on the classic Saslong course.
Aiming for his third straight downhill victory in Val Gardena, Walchhofer finished in 2 minutes, 0.55 seconds.
Defending overall World Cup champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was second, 0.28 seconds behind, and Swedish gliding specialist Hans Olsson was third, 0.76 back.
Besides his downhill victories in Val Gardena the past two seasons, Walchhofer also won the super-G on the Saslong in 2004-05 and has seven podium finishes overall.