Conditions & Kitzbuhel

Schedule in Kitzbuhel is all kinds of turned around due to an up-and-down weather forecast; the main event downhill was moved to today. Italy’s Dominik Paris won this morning; that’s “Domme” in the photo above en route to his third victory on the Streif, which puts him in some pretty good company. While a number of skiers have three wins, only Didier Cuche (5) and Franz Klammer (4) have more. Swiss speedster Beat Feuz finished second, marking his third visit to the Hahnenkamm podium. Austrian Otmar Striedinger claimed a surprise third place, that’s his second career podium, five years after some super-g success in Beaver Creek. Bad weather is forecast for tomorrow’s rescheduled slalom on the traditional Ganslern course. The super-G has been moved to Sunday. Part of the story is the list of who didn’t and won’t be competing in Kitz; notables include Aksel Lund Svindal, who tweaked his knee in a training run Tuesday, and Steven Nyman, who bopped himself on the head during a crash in Wengen last weekend. Early favorite Vincent Kreichmayr had a harrowing run and somehow managed to stay upright…if all of this Kitzbuhel stuff is unfamiliar, we have a new webpage that provides an overall primer for the Hahnenkamm hopefully without too many errors. It’s Austria, so, you know….meanwhile in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER), weather forecast will have the ladies racing super-g tomorrow and downhill on Sunday…domestically speaking the weather has also been topsy-turvy. Resorts in the midwest and east that were closed yesterday due to warm rains awoke to fresh snow this morning. Boston Mills and Brandywine in Ohio open today with some great conditions — except for the roads — some of which remain flooded from yesterday’s rain…and how things change; Trollhaugen WI looking at temps in the single digits for their Friday night midnight thing. They stay open til 3 AM tonight, so the cheeseheads better layer up…

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