The first Downhill Training for the Men and the second for the Ladies will take place today. Yesterday France’s Marie Marchand-Arvier was the fastest racer in the very hard, bumpy Kandahar course. Marchand-Arvier finished in 1 minute, 51.23 seconds, followed very closely by Switzerland’s Lara Gut, 0.10 seconds back, and French teammate Ingrid Jacquemod, 0.23 seconds back.
The "Kandahar" Slope.
At the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen the "Kandahar" will be the setting for Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Super Combination of Ladies and Men’s and the Team competition. The previous World Cup races proved that the "Kandahar" with its sections "Tröglhang", "Himmelreich", "Eishang", "Hölle" and "FIS-Schneise" belongs to the most spectacular and most technical demanding Downhill slopes of the World Cup Circus.
The FIS requirements concerning the racecourses of the speed disciplines foresee separate competition courses for Ladies and Men. From this follows that competition, training, inspection and preparation can be performed independently. To carry out the task, some of the sections of the "Kandahar" have to be enlarged, partially made newly available. During the planning the sustainable use for training activities and ski tourism was highly emphasized.
The course for the Men's Downhill will start on the top of "Kreuzjoch".
The course for the Ladies Downhill will start right above the very steep "Tröglhang". Ladies will be starting further up compared to the World Cup Finals last spring. A steep pitch with a length of 250m consisting of two curves and a jump over the tunnel of the "Tröglhang" will add excitement to the Ladies' Downhill right from the start.
From February 7th to February 20th 2011 Garmisch-Partenkirchen will again be center of the Ski World during the 41st FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the former twin cities "under the Zugspitze", is one of the most famous winter sport resorts of the whole alpine region. Olympic Winter Games in 1936, Arlberg Kandahar races since 1954, FIS Ski World Cups since 1970 , FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 1978 and FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in 2009 the list of events shows why Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also called the cradle of ski racing in Germany. 525 athletes -208 ladies and 317 men- from 69 nations, more than any from the last five world alpine ski championships, will be competing for medals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2011. The event also welcomes 1,170 media representatives, a record for a World Alpine Ski Championship.
33 FIS World Championships medals will be awarded as the competition schedule includes five Ladies' and five Men's events as well as the co-ed nations' team event. The nations' team event will be staged for the third time since its introduction in Bormio (ITA) in 2005 and successful second edition in Are (SWE) in 2007 after inclement weather forced cancellation in Val d’Isére (FRA) in 2009. For the first time, however, the event will be carried out in the Parallel Giant Slalom format.