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St Moritz, Switzerland - Part 1

Ski Sunday comes from St Moritz in Switzerland, host of the 2017 Alpine World Ski Championships. With highlights of the blue riband events - the men's and women's downhill races.


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Up here, surrounded by breathtaking landscape and the magic of the

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mountains, you're on top of the world looking down on a town steeped

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in winter sport history that has twice hosted the Olympic Games.

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COMMENTATOR: High above St Moritz, the torch marks the first meeting

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the world's Olympic athletes. It is preparing once more to welcome the

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fastest and most talented skiers on planet. This is St Moritz. In

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competition here, speed is a determining factor.

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COMMENTATOR: It's a Swiss racer in first. Feuz. The smallest of

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mistakes can make the difference between victory and loss.

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COMMENTATOR: The champion of the world. The pinnacle of ski racing

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are those who demand the best of themselves, constantly striving to

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go faster. COMMENTATOR: He's done it. He's the

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word champion. Pushing themselves to their absolute limit. And these

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marvellous yet challenging mountains will require their resilience and

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determination as they dream of finishing here on top of the world.

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Welcome to Ski Sunday. We're in Switzerland's glitziest resort, St

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Moritz, the birthplace of winter tourism for the biggest show of the

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alpine season. It is the World Championships. The town is packed

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with thousands of fans who've come to experience the thrill of watching

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the fastest ski racers in competition. If you're feeling the

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need for speed, today's show is for you. We've both of the blue riband

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events, the men's and women's's downhill races. In the men's

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competition it is too close to call it. Promising to be a thrilling

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race. In the women's Lindsey Vonn is making progress from her come back

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from injury Who ever wins either of these two downhill titles will write

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their names into the alpine skiing history books. Later in the show,

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Graham's teeming up with our armed forces to find out how they're using

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skiing to get the best out of their soldiers. First aid kit. Get him

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out, get him out, quick. It was no walk in the park. The The men's

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downhill on it is steeper than the infamous Stripe. It is truly

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terrifying. Before he takes it on himself is, Graham wanted to give

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you a taste of what the racers will see when they look down out of the

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start hut. The legendries Swiss downhill race Bernard Russi

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redesigned this course the last time St Moritz hosted the World

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Championships in 2003. The cable car stops halfway up. The racers have to

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climb this flight of stairs to the incredibly steep start section.

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Apparently Rusi had the idea when he was racing the Third World

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championships here in 1974, his visionfuls for a free fall start. If

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you have a look at it, it is quite incredible. 45 degrees, it's the

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steepest and fastest of all downhill starts in the world. By the time

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they reach this spot, the racers will have accelerated to 140 kmph in

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six seconds. There's plenty more meat lower down. Man-made features

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using natural terrain. The great thing about these man-made features

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is it is like a ski cross. This is called the Mauritius jump. Often the

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fastest line is also the most dangerous. You could lose count of

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the number of jumps on this course. For me, the toughest section is

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this. Felson. Very steep and technical. It is so important to

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carry the speed here to the finish. All in all, Bernard's done a great

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job. It's one of the most audacious start lines I've ever seen. I'm

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intrigued will it come down to maths and courage or is there a technical

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element? All of these guys have courage in abundance and a lot of

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mass. They spend a lot of time in the gym. The question is, who can

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take that speed and carry it out along the flats. Two years ago we'd

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a surprise winner in Patrick Kong. We've had a different winner in

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every World Cup downhill so far this season. We've the Italians. Dominik

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Paris won in kits very. Travis won in Garmis. And the Austrian's back

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as well. You have your eye on the Swiss? You would say it is beat

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Feuz. He is confident, he won the World Cup Finals here last year. It

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promises to be a highly competitive if not unpredibilitiable race.

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Here's a full taster of what the world's best will be facing. Rather

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you than me, Graham, it's all yours. We've seen what this free fall start

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looks like. This is what it feels like. It's like stepping into a we

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will lit elevator shaft. Absolutely flying from the moment you set off.

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Absolutely incredible feeling. You're going from 0-80 mph in just a

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few seconds. On to the banks, bumpy turn. We're approaching the first of

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these build-up man-made jumps. Will jump away a little bit to clear on

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to the flat. That was the Soretto. This is the Lanjiro. Over it. Just a

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fraction too high off that jump. Over the Mauritius. Now, we're going

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to tuck it out. Coming to the next jump. Didn't quite make the landing

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there. We're setting up for the tightest turns on the course. We're

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going into blind gate as you come over the rise. Then you dive down

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through this compression and over this other roller. That's the meat

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of the course. Really tough down through there. Two more jumps to go.

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Six in total. This is the Rollinger. A lovely little flight. Final jump,

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the La tricks kinsprung. Press forward. A high-speed course all

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right! Wow, really high-speed. Lots of air. From the start, it's just

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free fall. Brilliant. You said it resembled a ski cross course? All

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the jumps, I didn't have enough speed to make it. I had a real hard

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landing. Everything else is beautiful. Beautiful rollers if you

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attack it. It's note time for the running of the 2017 World

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Championships downhill. Matt Matt has the commentary. Conditions were

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clear this morning for the forerunners. A mid-mountain fog has

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swept in and the race organisers have decided to lower the start,

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depriving the racers and the crowd of the spectacular free fall course

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opening. But, we have a downhill. There's a huge crowd basking in

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sunshine in the finish area as we're set to get underway. Number 5,

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Dominik Paris, the winner of the down I will had, the toughest of

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them all on the 31st January. He's had solid results all season, in

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fact. Solid flight from Dominik Paris, the 27-year-old Italian. Now,

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the succession of high-flying spectacular rollers and ledges comes

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his way. One after the other. Having to straighten his legs. Push

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forward. Squash the jump, massive flight from Paris as he stands on

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that left ski to make the following turn. Flies again. Awkward on

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landing. 38 metres for the Frenchman. 99 kilometres per hour on

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landing. He's into the green zone now. Dominik Paris for Italy. He is

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fighting for top spot here. The Italian's on great form so far.

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1:20.95 for Paris. He's the quickest. So, pushes his arms

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forwards. Gets a nice early landing. One more turn and it's the finishing

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line waiting for Paris. Will he have gold medal position? Yes, he does!

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New leader in the men's World Championship downhill. It's

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high-flying Dominik Paris. Number 7 for Italy. Number 1 downhill racer

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of the season so far. Peter Fill. He hasn't won a race. Been second on

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two occasions. He's been third on one occasion. Fourth in kits very.

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Now he races. In the World Championship downhill. Nice jump

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from Peter Fill. He's in the green zone. In the early

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stages. Now he's going to have to fly. And fly again. It's good going

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so far from Peter Fill. Now, he'll thrust his arms forward here and

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wrap them behind his backside to maintain as much aerodynamic shape

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in flight. He's gone a slightly different line there. Wide of the

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blue line. And he flew 36 metres on take-off. Hand on the snow. That

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keeps him in first position. Green all the way for Fill of the hi.

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Italy. Another split coming up. Paris 1:20.95. Fill has lost a

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little. .17. Still green for the Italian. It could be an Italian

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one/two. Dominik Paris leads the way. Here comes his team-mate Peter

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Fill. Final jump, fill gets low and goes for the line and takes gold

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medal position. Fill is first for Italy. Pushing Paris to second. Feuz

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third for France. The 25-year-old Slovenian is away.

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Clean is notice green. -- clean is in the green.

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That jump, took is solidly. Kept himself nice and low. Anticipating

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every bump and jump. Getting better from Bostjan Kline. Having to react

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to the changes. He put the brakes on slightly. 34 metres of flight. Is he

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still in front? He's behind now. .05 behind. Very tight for Kline. The

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quality of downhill skiing on offer has been sensational. We are seeing

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men at the very top of their game putting down an astonishing feats of

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ski racing skill. Kline is fastest of the them all by four tenths. What

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a run from the Slovenian. He has the final jump to come. Lands solidly.

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Can Bostjan Kline go gold? He has. First position. Bostjan Kline leads.

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Jansrud. The winner of the World Cup race in Val d'Isere at the beginning

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of December. Big powerful stuff. Looking for maximum forward prop you

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wills. It's promising for Jansrud. Trails the shove of Slovenian by a

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tenth of a second. Now, non-stop succession of rollers, ledges and

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jumps to really test the overall skill of the downhiller. Long flight

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there. Stands on that left ski. Gets a little wide and lower in the line.

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Recovers. He's getting closer. 1 hundred wreath behind. Three red

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lights. Will he get a green at the next one? 13 metres of flight.

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Jansrud put the brakes on there. Kept it low. Kept the jump short.

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Switches on his first green light of this run. Run..32 in front.

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Norwegian's starting to anticipate something special here for Jansrud

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of Norway. Last Norwegian to win this title, 2013.

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It is going to be tight. Kline leads for Slovianskia. Jansrud takes it

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from him for Norway. 13 hundredth of a second, the lead changing time and

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time again. Jansrud into gold for Norway.

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One of the big favourites Jansrud takes the lead, he had an unusual

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line, he rolled too much in the air, to the right, landed, went straight

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down, had to correct at last minute. Back to the left and into that long

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right-hander again, it was. Will like he did a GS turn half way

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through the return but it got him back on line and he was able to

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carry that on the the steep section and clean in the air over the last

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two jumps. Here is the difending champion,

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wearing the white bib, he is the man that won this title. Two years ago.

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Kueng. Matching Jansrud turn for turn across the snow. It could come

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down to his skill in the air. Kept that one nice and tight. Just stood

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tall for a second and pays the price. 15 hundredths behind but not

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out of reach just yet. Patrick kueng with a slightly higher line there.

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That is the line that Peter Fill took into this section, winding down

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the windows Patrick Kueng and it has got away from him slightly. 16

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hundredths of a second off the pace, getting bounced around the course,

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cutting up as each racer puts their steel edges through the top surface

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of the snow. It's a little clumsy looking at times from Patrick Kueng,

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11 hundredths, he has clawed back a little bit of time. He might be in

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the hunt for a provisional podium position. As he takes a risk off the

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jump. Lands it, sets up for the next one. They are going crazy in the

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finish. As Patrick Kueng goes first equal. They couldn't split them at

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the top and Jansrud and Kueng are level. Sharing gold medal position

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right now. What a race! Patrick Kueng was tied

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with Jansrud on the first two splits. Splits. Went a bit behind as

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he took a different line, it was much too high on the left-hand side

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of the course, flapped in the air a couple of times and then his skis

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skidded into that right-hander, but made it up over the only ger jump

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and the Larkin to tie in the finish. Number 13.

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Fouad Feuz is ready to race. He was quickest in the training run. He is

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out on downhill day. The bronze medal list two years ago, first jump

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solidly landed. Feuz wraps the poles round his body and shapes himself as

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low as he dares for the next flight. Beautifully done. Lovely flight from

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Feuz and he has himself a green light for his efforts.

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Oh, what a jump there from Beat Feuz, he flew and flew and never

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ending flight and the line is nice and early now, for the Swiss

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downhill skier. 32 metres in the air, a little skid sideways but the

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speed is fantastic. Two tenth, Feuz gets a hand down. The big man is

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attacking the mountain in St Moritz, with a band this afternoon. Kueng

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and Jansrud are the joint leaders but they might be denied by Beat

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Feuz, who is leaving it all on the side of the mountain this afternoon.

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Brilliant flight again. Beat Feuz clocks 119.2 kilometres per hour,

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and tucks in, and takes gold medal position, Feuz into first, for

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Switzerland. Fantastic run. That is how to do it. Beat Feuz owned the

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lower section of this course, from the first jump he was faultless.

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Great line over that jump. Set him up to carry the speed through that

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compression right-hander, to the finish.

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Now Johan Clarey, this is solid from the Frenchman.

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Three greens all the way, he has the measure of the mountains so far. He

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is in the hunt for the medals Johan Clarey. If he can hold it together,

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that was a smooth flight, excellent landing. Left footed turn to follow

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was beautifully executed. 1.03.9. 1.04. He is down, he is out

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of the race. It looks innocuous enough as he thumps the snow in

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frustration, thankfully off his speed was extinguished before he

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arrive at the safety netting. Eric Guay is next to race for

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Canada. He is off and running. Looking for the golden double. Guay

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already the champion in the super-G last week.

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Green all the way for Erik Guay, nothing wrong with this so far, that

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is a good jump as well. Full control for Erik Guay. Still green for the

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Canadian, 8 hundredth in front of Beat Feuz, massive flight there for

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Guay. Slightly lower in the line, recovered well, didn't seem to cost

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him any speed. Upper body slightly twisted. Was that a sign that the

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brakes were applied? 1:03.9. Only just in the zone. Can't afford a

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mistake, has to be absolutely clean. From here, to the foot of the

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course. 120 flat. They are starting to celebrate that, the Swiss fans.

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Can Erik Guay just squeeze in among the medals? 120.9 through the final

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speed trap. Can he beat that? Silver for Guay. Erik Guay into second for

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Canada. What a run, what a week for Erik

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Guay. Erik Guay had a superb start, but then made a mistake, as he came

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round the long right-hander, set up for the wall, just as he disappeared

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out of view for a second you saw a ski flip away on him. He didn't

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carry the speed down so lost time on that section.

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Max Franz, 27-year-old Austrian who was in great on the downhill last

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month, before he lost a ski, and lost his chance to challenge for

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what was looking like a potential victory.

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And the Swiss are starting to get a little concerned, the atmosphere has

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changed slightly at the foot of the mountain as they have seen Max

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Franz's times come up. The jumps haven't been so clever for Max

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Franz, oh, he's flapping, and his knees are pumping in midair. Hasn't

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looked anywhere as comfortable some and another shaky landing. A inside

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of his full commitment to the course here, but 0.13 off the pace. That

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puts him in bronze medal position here, Max Franz. Can he hold it

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together, because there are plenty more jumps to come? Smoother there

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for Max Franz. Still skiing for bronze potentially. Oh, he's gone

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all freestyle. A little spread-eagle and his arms were all over the

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place. Max frands for Austria. Can he get it among the medals? He is

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into bronze. He snatches a bronze for ace that. The leader Beat Feuz

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had a terrible start, schoolboy error he kicked the wand over before

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he made his move to start so every racer is quicker on the top section.

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Franz was no exception but he made a mistake on the Rommi again, er jump.

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That is what cost him his race. -- Rommigeer. Beat Feuz is the champion

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of the world. A second medal for Erik Guay with silver today. Franz

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the best of the Austrians takes the bronze.

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The women's downhill is being contested on the historic course and

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as is customary in the build up to any of the women's speed events

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Lindsey Vonn has been the centre of attention. What can we expect from

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her? She made a fantastic recovery from the broken arm she suffered

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last November. Won her second race back in, but a week later she

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crashed out, and I think that crash is starting to play with her mind,

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and knocked her confidence slightly. And in training she hasn't looked

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that good. If she really nails one down she might end up on the podium

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but not for the win. One of the people who should have been able to

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take advantage was the home favourite but she has broken her

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cruciate ligament. Who does that leave? There are two women that have

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shining on this course. And it is Ilka Stuhec and Sofia Goggia, they

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both have incredibly contrasting styles, Stuhec is so clean, so

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smooth, you never see her make a mistake whereas Sofia Goggia likes

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to cut the taufrn, flailing off every jump like a mini Franz

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clamour. It promises to be an incredible spectacle. We are ready

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to run the 2017 women's World Championship downhill.

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Weirather away. Already a medallist from the World Championships. She

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took the silver in the super-G last week, looking to add to it. For

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Liechtenstein. Hugely popular, trains most of her time in

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Switzerland, with the Swiss team. So the Swiss fans see her pretty much

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as one of her own, and she is having a sensational run here. Tina

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Weirather. Long, controlled flight, perfect landing. Nearly half a

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second in front. Drifts slightly right. That big bank turn, on to the

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next. The final jump and we will have a new leader. Tina Weirather,

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into gold medal position, for Liechtenstein.

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Laurenne Ross is away for the US. A couple of ten results in the

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campaign so far, one hundredth of a second slower than Tina Weirather at

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the split. It is a promising start for Laurenne Ross of the US of

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America. Their big hope today of course Lindsey Vonn, who starts with

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number nine, Ross attacks the middle part of the course. And gets the

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green light for her efforts. 14 hundredths of a second faster than

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Weirather. Has to keep it clean here, getting bumped round, it is a

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challenging bottom section. No time to relax on this course, a massive

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flight there. 14 metres. 0.46 in front. The aggression may bring the

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rewards for Ross. Laurenne Ross skis for the lead in the World

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Championship downhill and gets its it by just under half a second. Ross

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into gold for the USA. Ready to race is Sofia Goggia. The

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Italian has had a superb season, and is renowned for her fearless skiing

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style. By contrast, she is a skier with a literary soul, and loves

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reading Shakespeare, when will we three meet again? On the podium of

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course. Sofia Goggia, ready to race for

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Italy. Couple of green lights. Early in this downhill for the Italian.

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Who has never won a World Cup race, but has come so close on so many

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occasions. And only knows one way to attack.

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That is full speed ahead. The exciting Sofia Goggia, taking

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risks on this World Championship downhill run. Has the reward so far,

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it is fast from the Italian, 0.37, quicker than the current leader

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Laurenne Ross, hand down. Super aggressive ski racing from Sofia

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Goggia, she is after one thing today, and that is the gold medal.

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0.37 in front. Perfect jump. Almost overcooked it. Landed on the tips of

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her skis but recovered well and now has a massive advantage, got her

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skis locked in together. She is struggling to stay on her feet. What

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a finish from Sofia Goggia, she has got the lead, yes. Two tenths of a

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second, lucky to finish at all, finishes in gold medal position.

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Stephanie Venier away for Austria. Venier, one of this young crop of

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aggressive Austrians who are hugely capable. She has the early

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advantage. .22 over Sofia gong ya. -- Goggia. Eke we will seventh is

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her best result in the current campaign. 1:02.44. Going yachlt

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Venier is faster by a tenth of a second. Remember, Sofia Goggia had

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three or four big errors on the final quarter of this run. If Venier

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keeps it clean, she might be able to steal gold medal position away from

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the Italian. 31 metres in flight. Goes into the red. But only just.

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Then drifts. It wasn't the ideal line off the final jump. Stephanie

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Venier tux in and goes first. New leader, the Austrian Stephanie

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Venier into gold. Next up is Ilka Stuhec who proved her pedigree with

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fine wins already this season. When she's not busy racing down the

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slopes, she enjoys trekking on horseback through the hills. Can she

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gallop to the finish in first place today? Now the World Cup downhill

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standings leader, the best downhiller of the season so far. The

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winner of three World Cup down hills. Did the double at the start

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of December. Backed it up with a win in Val d'Isere just before

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Christmas. It's green all the way for the Slovenian whose mum prepares

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her skis. .38. Still in front. Just a slight skid sideways. Look at how

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calm and relaxed she is over her skis. Goggia has been pushed into

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second. Venier leads for Austria. But for how much longer? Ilka Stuhec

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is on a roll here. Just into the red zone. Might be able to claw it back.

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Takes the final jump. Stands fractionally tall. Has she done

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enough? Yes.40. Stuhec's into gold for sleeve Ian ya. The best

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downhiller of the season leads the World Championship downhill. --

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Slovenia. Scombl Up next is Lindsey Vonn. She won her first World

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Championship downhill title back in 2009. She will be looking to repeat

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that success here. She's suffered a string of injuries but refuses to

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stop chasing history. Will she be the come back Queen here in St

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Moritz? Lindsey Vonn is ready to race in the World Championship

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downhill. Vonn.21 behind at the inter immediate. Since coming back

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from injury, she has registered victory. Vonn took the win in Garmis

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h on 21st January. Not going so well here for Lindsey Vonn this morning.

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She's a long way off the pace. It looks slightly cautious. No surprise

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when you think of all the injuries she's had in the past three or four

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seasons. .37 behind. Skiing potentially for third position.

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Let's see if she can make up that time on the final third of this

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downhill run? Vonn, the American, stands on that left ski. And gets a

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little closer to the time of Ilka Stuhec, our leader. Lindsey Vonn,

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such a good glider. Can she glide her way into gold medal postings?

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Vonn's gone third into bronze. Ilka Stuhec confirms her status as the

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world's best downhiller by taking gold in the World Championship.

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Lindsey Vonn taking the bronze for the United States. The World

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Championships continues this week with every medal race live on the

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red button, BBC Sport website and app and connected TV. The men ace

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alpine combined starts at 8.15 am. The action concludes on Sunday at

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8.35 am with the men's slalom which is our feature race next week on Ski

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Sunday. Elsewhere in winter sport, at the World Cup in quay he can

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Canada, Britain's Isabel Atkin made it to the final finishing in a

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respectable fifth place. Katie Ormerod has just come fourth in the

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slope style. Earlier this week at the Paris noble champs in Canada,

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Britain's Owen Pick and Ben Moore won in the slalom events. Moore

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Moore third in the SBUL. If you're enjoying any snow sport in an alpine

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environment, there will be elements of risk taking and physical

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exertion. Doesn't matter if you're going uphill or down, you'll be

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taking out of your comfort zone which means you need a hint of

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adventurous spirit. Graham travelled with our armed forces to find out

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why they're icing skiing to get the best out of our armed forces.

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Soldiers regular risk their lives for our country. The environments

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they work in don't usually require the ability to ski. Interestingly,

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the army are using this as part of their developmentment training for

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their servicemen and women. I've been invited to a base in

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Bavaria to see how it works. Unless I step out of line, thankfully,

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there won't be any combat involved. The Armed Forces add Sven rows

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training programme covers a range of activities such as rock climbing,

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mountaineering, as well as adaptive skiing for wounded or injured

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soldiers. From here, we'll cut right. We'll traverse up.

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Adventurous train something just another form of military, individual

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training. But we use this austere, extreme environment, to put an extra

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challenge in. There's an aspiration a third of our regiment will go away

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each year and do five days adventurous training. It is part of

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the offer which hopefully makes the army attractive to people wanting to

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join but it is a training measure that makes them better. It is about

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taking them out of their comfort zone, exposing them to risk in a

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controlled fashion. More likely do an avalanche scenario. It is

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enhanced self-awareness. If they have that, they make better

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decisions, they lead better and have a greater all-round ability to

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operate in the conditions we need them to.

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After a detailed briefing, it's time to head to the mountain. The plan is

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to tour to the peak and ski down through the back country. The

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reality is these soldiers may need to lead their teams in high pressure

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situations. They may never do their day job in the snow, but here,

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they're out of their comfort zone learning invaluable transferable

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skills. The emphasis is for them to lead the group in a risky and

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difficult environment What are the key things they're having to learn?

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As well as the technical aspects of skiing and to teach them skiing,

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safely travel in the mountains as well as off piste ski kit. Probes

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and companion rescue. There's aim on developmental skills. What are you

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doucheing in the decision making process in danger? Ski slopes and

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snow pack. Getting a feel for what's upped their feet. If they're leading

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a group of six people, to space out. We've steep aspects and ultimately

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make the right decision. Grab your maps. Work out where we are. Shall

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we have a change of route because of radiation on the south facing piste?

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Just changed from a southerly aspect to the shaded aspect. The snow's

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much colder, much safer travel for us. Out here, there's time to

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consider their decisions. Whilst on operations, these soldiers could

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face dangerous or life-threatening situations. How they radio act is

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vital. This training involves an of a an avalanche exercise. Let's go.

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First aid kit. Get him out, get him out quick! Any comments you'd make

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about this particular scenario? Started digging maybe slightly too

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close to where the casualty was. You can be quite often digging on top of

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somebody. It is much more effective to be digging downhill. That's why

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we practice these. The more times which practice it, the slicker and

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quicker they'll become as a team. The plan is to skin out this track

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here to the final bowl towards the top of the mountain.

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Ski touring may be scenic but it's exhausting. As we reach the top,

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it's another reminder of the physical condition required if you

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want to be an effective soldier. So we ski steep slopes one at a

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time. Got to have safe practice. I've done my fair share of off piste

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safety courses. It is interesting the Armed Forces deem the skills

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needed to be transferage to what they need. It's all about putting

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people into potentially hazardous environments so they can make the

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right decisions under pressure. It's fascinating to see how much snow

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sport can offer different people in different situations. Before we

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leave you, it's time for ski social. We always ask you to send in your

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photos and video. You never disappoint. This week, kicker have

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been a strong theme. Dominik caught nine-year-old fearless Millie

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perfectly in mid-air. We've one from Superman in the snow park. Nice

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cape! And fittingly, we've three-year-old Lillith who has her

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sights set on being the next Lindsey Vonn! Alongside your photos and

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videos, we need your questions. Send them in using the hashtag Ski

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Sunday. What is the coaches and racers discuss during course

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inspection? Mostly about the racing line. How much you can cut a turn

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off. Of course, if they get it wrong, the coaches can always get on

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their radios and make a course report after the first few skiers

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have raced. Another diamond from the human mind of alpine information.

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Ben also wants to know why do you grab your board? Where do the names

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for the grabs come from and how to do them in the snow park? To do

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this, I'll needs a snow park and snowboard. Follow me. There are

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three reasons to grab your board. It looks good, feels good and it shows

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you're in control. This is the mute grab. Front of hand to toe edge.

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Once you've got hold of your grab, you can tweak, bone and poke it in

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any direction. Just be sure to counter the movement with your

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trailing arm and upper body. Nose, roast beef, stale fish. Japan.

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They're all grabs. My favourite is the most iconic and stylish of them

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all, the method. How's that? More questions like that, please. Whilst

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you catch your breath, we've one final request. Next week is the last

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show of the series. It has become tradition, we want your suggestions

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of music for the closing montage. Your track could be the chosen one.

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Send in your suggestions using the hashtag Ski Sunday. We're sticking

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around here for the world champions is. We'll brings you more world

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class highlights, including Dave Ryding a slalom race. See you then.

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Out of the start lap and away. Krystof son is king of the hill.

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Dave, the rocket, his second. That's sensational. The first British racer

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on a World Cup podium since 1981.

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Ski Sunday comes from St Moritz in Switzerland, host resort of the 2017 Alpine World Ski Championships. There are extended highlights of the blue riband events - the men's and women's downhill races. Graham Bell also gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the British army are using ski touring to train their soldiers.