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Ski Sunday comes from Kitzbuehel, home of the infamous Hahnenkamm downhill. And action from the women's downhill from Cortina, Italy, the flagship race on the women's tour.


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The Streif. It is the daddy of all

downhills. The most feared, the most

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revered. It is a fortress. The

biggest of spectacles. Never

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underestimate it. Attack is the best

form of defence. It is make... Or

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break. It pushes the body to the

absolute limits. Risk versus reward.

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Anything less than 100%, and you are

beat. Who dares wins.

Instead of

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banging out these cliches, shall we

actually see what happens on the

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Streif?

Sounds like a great idea.

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Hello and welcome to Kitzbuhel.

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We're here for the most talked

about, most feared, most thrilling

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race on the World Cup calendar.

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There's a reason why those cliches

exist - years of racing

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on the Streif has taught us

that they're all true.

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So we're hoping you'll

forgive us for being a tad

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excited about this one.

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And if that's not enough for you,

later on we'll have highlights

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of the women's racing from Cortina.

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It's the biggest race

on the women's tour,

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and they've got two downhills

for the price of one

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after the cancelled race

from Val D'Isere before Christmas

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was re-arranged for Friday.

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First though it is the Hahnenkamm.

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The race marks the return

of Aksel Lund Svindal to Kitzbuhel,

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whose trouble on the Streif in 2016

resulted in two knee

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surgeries and a lengthy

period on the sidelines.

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Graham's been to meet

the big Norwegian.

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It is one of those places, when you

drive into the valley before the

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race you are excited because it's

Kitzbuhel but you know it's going to

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be uncomfortable on the starting

gate, that is how it is. Kitzbuhel

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is legendary for good reasons. When

you ski, you feel how difficult it

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is because it's kind of like driving

in Monte Carlo with a Formula One

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car. On the racetrack if you go out

maybe you go onto some sand, but

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otherwise you hit the wall, and it

is like that in Kitzbuhel. It is

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rare to just hit some gates. That

kind of shows why the intensity is

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higher, right?

Do you ever get

dreams in the middle of the summer

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racing it?

If I do, it is probably

more nightmares.

Aksel Lund Svindal

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is ready to tackle the Streif...

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How nervous will you be going back,

having not skied on that course

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since you crashed there couple of

seasons ago?

Nervous for sure. This

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is not going to be famous last words

or anything, I think I have good

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mentality in the sense that when

something happens like that, I never

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blamed it on bad luck or anything I

cannot control because that makes me

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nervous but I always blame myself. A

lot of the other guys skied that

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section and pulled it off. I tried

to skied it fast and I didn't pull

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it off so I just have to make sure I

don't do that same mistake.

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don't do that same mistake.

Svindal

is out to prove he is the number

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one. He is second!

From results this

season, you would assume you are

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back and skiing at 100% but it is

far from that, is it, with the knee?

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In races it is 100% but the

preparations are different than they

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have been in the past. I have raced

all the races but I haven't had two

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days of training. That's between

races, the knee is swelling up and

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some paint and that's what I've been

able to handle. It is not an ideal

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situation but you know, I am an

experienced guy so still able to

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pull it off.

A very insightful

interview.

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You touched on it last week, Gra,

but Aksel is basically

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saying he's not doing

the training runs properly.

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Does that not put him

at a significant disadvantage?

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It is definitely a disadvantage but

Svindal has such experience on these

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downhill courses he can exist on

muscle memory, but it is very

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wearing having a swollen knee so I

get the feeling he cannot do this

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for ever.

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Beat Feuz is in great

form, isn't he?

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He was in the lead, three quarters

of a second up but ran wide in the

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compression onto the Traverse and

then stacked it into the net so he

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will have the mental block to get

over.

Looking at the World Cup

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standings, Feuz and Svindal are

opening a gap between them and the

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rest of the pack, will this mirrors

the standings?

Dominik Paris is the

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only other race to record a victory

but this is Kitzbuhel, there are so

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many people who want to win this. It

is more important than an Olympic

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medal to some of them. The Italians

are flying as well on this course.

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Who is going to win?

I'm going to go

with last year's winner, Dominik

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Paris. If he can get his glide on,

he will be up there for sure.

It is

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time to get the race under way, like

the fans we return every year and we

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know that experience is vital and

mistakes can be catastrophic but

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victory here is glorious. There is

nothing quite like the Hahnenkamm.

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The toughest course in the world!

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Oh, that's horrible! What run!

Plunging down.

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Plunging down. The greatest race of

all!

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all!

Over a metre of new snow has

fallen over the last few days but

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hundredths of course workers have

been here scraping it off, down to

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this, sheet ice.

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Hard on the lest ski as you come

through the first turn. -- the left

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ski. Straight down into the

compression. Through the

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compression, setting up for the

carousel. You can either ride on the

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bank like that

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bank like that or stick your ski

into the turn. Stay high on the

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line. Do everything you can to stay

out of that net. Now you are out

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onto the gliding section which gives

you a chance to catch your breath.

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New snow on the course, just cut the

speed down ever so slightly. As you

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go over the rise. It is rough and

bumpy again down here. Heading

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towards this rough area.

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towards this rough area. This turn

here is so crucial to carry the

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speed in the mid part of the course.

Now I suspect Aksel Lund Svindal

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might be a little nervous coming

into this section, and he's not the

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only one because it is the Hausberg.

Over the jump, down and into the

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compression. Hard on that right ski.

Over the role, taking a high line on

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this bumpy Traverse. Last jump!

Flying towards it now. Oh my word,

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it is fast down here. Great speed

off that last jump. Wow! My word! It

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has frozen solid on the lower part

of the course and the speed is

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really, really high. It is going to

be a test again! Over to Matt

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Chilton for the commentary.

COMMENTATOR: Downhill day in

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Kitzbuhel is the most important

skiing event of the year in Austria.

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45,000 people have gathered for the

greatest occasion in winter sport,

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man versus the Streif. An Austrian

will open the race for 2018.

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Reichelt is away. Hard on the right

foot. 91 kilometres per hour, a

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flight of 38 metres. 105 kilometres

per hour his exit speed with the

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carousel turn, one of the hardest

turns in World Cup ski racing.

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Stands hard on that left ski, this

is where Miller wrote the

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advertising banner several years

ago. Now we will find Reichelt

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further down the course. Smooth

flight. Around the minute mark,

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still a lot of skiing below. Flies

and lands gently off there, now

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comes into Hausberg, the big

inflatable arch. Has to get the

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flight correct, has to land solidly

and give himself a high line.

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Heading on to the famous bumpy

Traverse. Reichelt was a winner here

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back in 2014, then he injured

himself and wasn't able to head to

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the Olympics in Sochi. That was a

little scruffy on the landing. On

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the big Traverse, lower than he

might like but keeping control.

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There is a long there, a little

airborne. One final jump to go. Look

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at the scenes here in Kitzbuhel.

Reichelt has won this race on home

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snow before.

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snow before. I think that is a very

good run from him.

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Innerhoffer. Fell last weekend. He

covers a distance of 38 metres

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airborne. He is ahead of Reichelt.

Airborne...

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Airborne... Nicely done, off into

the forest. Half a second up, and

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intermediate number too and

Innerhoffer is not far away from

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Reichelt's time. Has to get the good

line into the big jump with that

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awkward landing. One of the most

feared elements anywhere in the

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world of ski

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world of ski racing, the Hausberg

cantor, and the big Traverse that

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follows. These are smooth turns.

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follows. These are smooth turns. He

is low in the line, recovers but is

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going to be in trouble on the

Traverse. So high, clattered the

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control gate. Now he's in real

bother. He's done the double, he has

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fallen again in Kitzbuhel.

A perfect run on the top part of the

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course. He likes it hard and icy but

on the lower section he just went

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for it. Came over the Hausberg, got

late in the line. He actually hit

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the gate he was so high. Left it too

late, then his outside ski went up

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into the air, we call that a Ninja

kick but thankfully he's OK. This is

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the best downhiller of the season so

far, Aksel Lund Svindal, the veteran

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Norwegian wearing the red beard, the

leader in the downhill standings.

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Hot on the heels of Reichelt. He has

never won the Kitzbuhel downhill but

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did win the super-G. The super-G on

Friday was a peculiar affair, ending

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at the Hausberg cantor. He's

desperate for downhill success. To

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make him one of the all-time greats.

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Two Darren Hill wins this season. He

would give those up for success

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today. He has won 14 downhill races

in total.

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in total. Svindal gets set for the

cantor, this is far he crashed at

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the end of his season with knee

damage two years ago. He might be

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paying the price were that caution

as he comes onto the big Traverse.

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The Austrians are happy, his lead is

safe. Svindal will not win in 2018.

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He may have to return for another go

next year. How close can he go? It

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is good enough for second,

provisionally.

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provisionally. Down the area he was

quite good. Just went wide going on

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to the jump and as he went over the

jump, he took a split from the gas.

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Beat Feuz is something of a star in

Switzerland. He is picking up awards

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and mixing with the likes of Roger

Federer, can he take victory today?

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Beat Feuz from Switzerland. Can he

do Kitzbuhel double?

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46 metres of flight. He has got to

grips with the Streif this year.

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Eating up the ground here. He is a

massive unit, Beat Feuz. Dabbles

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with the netting but gets away with

it and as we pick him up further

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down the chorus, he is travelling at

86 kilometres per hour.

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86 kilometres per hour. Beat Feuz

was in danger of having his leg

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amputated. He had a terrible run of

injuries, blood poisoning was the

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culprit. Look at him now. All

courses for that Kitzbuhel double

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potentially. He is closing in. The

Swiss would love to get one over on

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the Austrians on the most famous

Austrian mountain of all. Beat Feuz

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swings in towards the Hausberg

cantor. That is how to do it. The

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line on the Traverse is high, it is

perfect, he has got the green light.

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This speed is good. A massive jump,

took it in his stride. Now the final

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roller, Beat Feuz for Switzerland,

high, elegant, and first in

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Kitzbuhel. Beat Feuz is on for it

the Kitzbuhel double. He really

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attacked it. He complained that the

jobs are going too far but on that

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run he went for it, 46 metres, nails

the top part of the course. Lost a

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little bit of time on the glide but

picked it up brilliantly on the

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lower part of the course. Next

Austrian to take his chance

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Austrian to take his chance Vincent

Kriechmayr. Kriechmayr sets out to

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attempt to conquer Kitzbuhel. That

is good. That is vast. Long flight,

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40 metres, look at the speed and

commitment from Kriechmayr and the

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green light is on. He has an

advantage of a quarter of a second.

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As he approaches the Steihang, needs

to stand hard on the left foot and

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avoid any contact. He got away with

it and heads into the forest, has a

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lead of three tenths of a second.

Kriechmayr gliding nicely. A chance

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to refuel.

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to refuel. The Austrians wait and

they have seen that, half a second.

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Now the noise levels start to rise

at the foot as Kriechmayr starts to

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exert control over his Kitzbuhel

downhill run. It is getting better

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for Kriechmayr. .79 in front. He has

got to hold it together here. Get as

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close as he dares to these red

control gates. Keep up this speed,

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still really positive, .64,. He has

got to get the line right on the way

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in towards the big jump that takes

them the Traverse. The landing has

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to be soft and high, Kriechmayr,

that is all he has got left. Onto

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the Traverse, a little lower than is

ideal. Has he got the strength to

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claw this bag, outside of the blue

racing line, that might have cost

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him the chance to lead. Vincent

Kriechmayr and Austria goes for the

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line in the fog.

When those green

lights were going on for Vincent

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Kriechmayr, the Austrian crowd were

going wild.

But they know that when

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you come onto that Traverse you need

to be high and up by the gate so you

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can carry this speed. He was about

ten metres low and off-line and that

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is where he lost the race. In the

start-up is Thomas Dressen. Of the

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piste he loves the great outdoors.

Can he cascade down the Streif and

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make a big splash with victory in

Kitzbuhel? Number 19 Thomas Dressen

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from Germany. He is on his way in

Kitzbuhel. Crashed out of this

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competition 12 months ago. Finished

third in Beaver Creek in December.

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That is one of the other really

tough World Cup downhill races in

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Colorado. Then level with Beat Feuz

at the early intermediate guideline

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times, he comes diving down towards

the Steihang. He races for Germany

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but he grew up training in Austria.

He is sponsored by an Austrian ski

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resort where his father died

tragically in a ski lift accident in

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2005. One of eight people who

perished after a helicopter dropped

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a concrete block on top of a cable

car. The most horrific day in the

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mountains. Now Thomas Dressen is

moving along nicely. Good gliding

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through the forest. No German has

won World Cup downhill for 13 years,

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the last man to win in Kitzbuhel won

in 1979. His son is racing later in

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the competition. He is watching

today. He was from West Germany and

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1979, that is how long it has been.

Thomas Dressen holding it together,

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he has got sunshine to show the way,

he has a window in the weather and

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he can take more chances. He has got

a tenth of a second on the Traverse,

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he has still got the green light.

Last section now, Thomas Dressen

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from Germany, skiing to make a

little bit of history in Kitzbuhel.

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He tucks in for the line, Thomas

Dressen takes first position! By two

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tenths of a second. So unfortunate

for a Thomas Dressen because the sun

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has come out, because he was ranked

tenth in the world, 19 was the

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number was left that no one wanted,

but this has counted, he took his

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opportunities, skied brilliantly at

the top and as he came on to the

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final Traverse he was high and that

was the difference between his run

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and his competitor, he could carry

it to the finish and what a way to

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come into the finish. In the lead,

incredible.

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incredible. Another German now this

is Andreas Sander encouraged out of

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the start by the German team.

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the start by the German team. 43

metres, long flight for Andreas

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Sander and he is not far behind his

team-mates, the Germans mean

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business here today.

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business here today. The investment

into the German ski team is

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beginning to bring dividends. Off he

goes into the woods and hot on the

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heels of his team-mate, that is a

massive jump into the sunshine off

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the counter. The weather was good

for Thomas Dressen and it is good

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for his team-mate as well he has

flattened the control gate, that has

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probably cost him the lead but he

may still register a personal best.

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Andreas Sander is theirs and the

Germans are on fire. Andreas Sander

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into fifth place. This race is far

from over. If the track starts to

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speed up as well we could see the

biggest surprise in Kitzbuhel

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history.

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history. This is Marc Gisin from

Switzerland, his sister is the

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women's Olympic downhill champion.

He shared the -- she shared the gold

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medal in Sochi. Marc Gisin is

returning from injury and returning

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from form. He has still got sunshine

to help show the way. Down the

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Streif and he has made a good start.

The Swiss had the late for a long

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time courtesy of Beat Feuz. Could

Marc Gisin give the Swiss another

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chance at victory in Kitzbuhel?

Here's a little scruffy there. Hands

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down on the snow as he gets thrown

around on the big Traverse. Stands

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on the left ski and takes the little

roller. And now tucks in for the

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line. I don't think he will win it,

but it could be Olympic selection

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for Marc Gisin. That was an

impressive run for Marc Gisin

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because the sun which came out for a

Thomas Dressen has now gone back in

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again. Marc Gisin really fast,

attacked the whole run from start to

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finish. It was a disappointing day

for the defending champion who had

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an uncharacteristically scrappy run

which left in 11th position. On the

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podium with him 12 ago was the

Frenchman and he had a less

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accessible day as he fell victim to

trouble on the Streif. Also losing

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the battle was American Jared

Goldberg.

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Goldberg. Finally on a day of

surprises, the relatively unknown

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Frenchman nipped in to finish in

seventh place. Confirmation of an

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unforgettable day for Thomas

Dressen. He is their champion in

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Kitzbuhel.

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Kitzbuhel. They say you need

experience to win in Kitzbuhel but

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last year, you did not even make the

finish here.

That is what they told

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me. You need a lot of experience. I

watched someone, he is a real role

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model to me. I thought it was not a

bad run and I tried to do the same

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as he did. When I looked out of the

start gate, I thought it looked

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really good and I tried to push from

the top to the bottom.

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While the fastest men in the world

have been competing in Kitzbuhel,

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the women's World Cup

is in Cortina, Italy.

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Chemmy Alcott has been there for us

to endulge in a feast of racing.

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This is one of the toughest

challenges on the women's World Cup

0:30:000:30:03

circuit. Set in the inspiring

Dolomites, the athlete start by

0:30:030:30:09

launching themselves towards the top

section of the course, which is

0:30:090:30:14

relatively easy but then they have

to tackle this ball away, really

0:30:140:30:18

difficult left footed double. The

toughest and most challenging part

0:30:180:30:22

of this course is this. The racers

enter with a relatively serene 30

0:30:220:30:29

mph before launching up to 75 mph in

a matter of seconds. This year it is

0:30:290:30:35

even tougher with double airtime. On

the exit, you have a jump. The exit

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of this double it is imperative that

the athletes, tied to set themselves

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up for the technical session

following. It is also where Lindsey

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Vonn crashed twice in the races here

one year ago. We call this the money

0:30:510:30:56

gate, because of the two rain coming

into it, the athletes cannot see the

0:30:560:31:00

gate, they have to make the switch

in the air are blind. As if the

0:31:000:31:09

challenge was not difficult enough,

the girls had to do it twice in two

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days this weekend.

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A little over the tales of their

skis but she gets away with it.

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Floats that jump away. Chasing the

time of the current leader,

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Schmidhoffer of Austria. Building

all the way. The finale to come,

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this man-made jump celebrating

Cortina's hosting of the 2021 World

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Championships, Goggia is into the

lead.

She comes in with a second

0:32:010:32:09

lead. She doesn't normally like this

run but that was super clean and

0:32:090:32:14

superfast.

The incredible Mikaela

Shiffrin from Colorado, still in her

0:32:140:32:21

early 20s. The Olympic and world

slalom champion has developed into a

0:32:210:32:25

downhill skier. She was in front of

Goggia. Mikaela Shiffrin is flying.

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She has got the quickest speed of

the race so far. 131.3 kilometres

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per hour as she stands on the right

ski for this huge sweeping turn. 101

0:32:450:32:52

through the second speed trap,

trailing Goggia by 7.4. It's looking

0:32:520:33:00

like it might be good enough for a

top three finish for Mikaela

0:33:000:33:07

Shiffrin. Second for the moment. The

great Lindsey Vonn, wearing number

0:33:070:33:15

13 today. Familiar fiddling with the

hands around the ski pole handles.

0:33:150:33:22

78 World Cup winds in her

0:33:220:33:28

78 World Cup winds in her career. --

wins. 135 kilometres per hour, a

0:33:280:33:42

little wild there. It is an unusual

racing line, let's see if it pays

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dividends for Lindsey Vonn. She's

absolutely charging.

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absolutely charging. 56.97. Her

mistake has cost her a little bit of

0:33:570:34:00

time but it is still green for the

American. Some mistakes have crept

0:34:000:34:08

into Lindsey Vonn's downhill. Goggia

leading for Italy, Mikaela Shiffrin

0:34:080:34:14

second for the USA, Lindsey Vonn has

completed her run and goes into

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second. She has missed the win. Two

Americans on the podium now.

She

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nailed the top section of that

course, then huge mistakes getting

0:34:260:34:30

caught on the back on the inside ski

and a really good fight to stay

0:34:300:34:35

inside the course but it through her

race away and she came into second.

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I'm really happy with what I've

achieved as a result, not so happy

0:34:400:34:44

with my ski performance but still I

attacked in style and we got it.

0:34:440:34:59

Mancuso Has made the difficult

decision to retire after struggling

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with a hip injury for the last few

years.

After 36 podiums and four

0:35:010:35:07

Olympic medals, how did you decide

today was it?

It was really hard but

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skiing has been a huge part of my

life, I love it but unfortunately

0:35:130:35:17

with an injury it has held me back

but everything else is great. It's

0:35:170:35:22

been an incredible journey, I love

travelling, I love the experiences I

0:35:220:35:27

have made and I will continue just

to be involved in the future as best

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I can and figure out where the next

journey will take me.

Goggia

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claiming her first ever home victory

today making it back to back wins in

0:35:390:35:45

downhill. Setting us up beautifully

for another battle tomorrow. Yet

0:35:450:35:53

again, Cortina delivers four-day two

of racing. Goggia attributed her win

0:35:530:36:05

to the tough piste.

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Wearing the red bib, and what a

beautiful day in Cortina on this

0:36:120:36:19

Saturday. Her team-mate leading the

way at this stage.

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way at this stage. Goggia is in

trouble. What a recovery! Her airbag

0:36:300:36:35

has inflated. Skiers wear these

protective airbags within their

0:36:350:36:40

suits. She's all right.

0:36:400:36:45

suits. She's all right. Weirather

from fantastic ski racing pedigree,

0:36:470:36:51

both of her parents were World Cup

winners and her mother was an

0:36:510:36:56

Olympic medallist as well. She races

for Lipton

0:36:560:37:09

-- Liechtenstein. Weirather, putting

down a fantastic run. 1.2 seconds

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clear of the leader at the base of

the mountain. All she has to do is

0:37:210:37:26

stay on her feet, and Weirather will

lead the way in Cortina. Nearly a

0:37:260:37:36

second and a half quicker. Lindsey

Vonn was second on Friday,

0:37:360:37:42

determined to go one better in this

Saturday downhill. The way she goes.

0:37:420:37:52

78 World Cup wins to her name, will

79 come today? The early signs are

0:37:520:38:01

promising, four tenths faster than

Weirather at the intermediate. And

0:38:010:38:06

Weirather's lead may well be about

to end. She hammers towards the

0:38:060:38:11

finishing line, on her way

potentially to World Cup win number

0:38:110:38:15

79. Off the final jump, and home.

Yes, she has got it. Nearly one

0:38:150:38:23

second. Lindsey Vonn in a different

class, leading in Cortina.

0:38:230:38:30

Capitalising on the amazing

conditions, full of confidence,

0:38:300:38:33

skiing flawlessly from top to

bottom. On the limit with the inside

0:38:330:38:37

hand down but a fantastic run there.

Number 14, the American Jacqueline

0:38:370:38:51

Wiles who was struggling for

financial support to race on the

0:38:510:38:55

World Cup. So Lindsey Vonn made her

first ambassador of the Lindsey Vonn

0:38:550:39:02

foundation. On course potentially

for a podium place. She's in

0:39:020:39:07

trouble, she's got them sideways,

then aerial! Somehow she stayed on

0:39:070:39:12

the track. What a run from

Jacqueline Wiles! It is still fast.

0:39:120:39:21

It has been fun to watch, she will

be relieved when it finishes. So

0:39:210:39:26

Lindsey Vonn leading the way here in

Cortina as Jacqueline Wiles comes

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off the final jump and on the podium

again she's third!

Was that the

0:39:330:39:38

perfect run?

It was pretty solid. I

was happy with the way I skied, more

0:39:380:39:46

clean than yesterday. Just really

happy with my performance. I have

0:39:460:39:51

really good self confidence now and

I'm in a perfect place going into

0:39:510:39:55

the Olympics.

Are you gutted in the

little way that Goggia didn't finish

0:39:550:39:59

and you couldn't have a clean

battle?

Yes, we are really

0:39:590:40:05

competitive and she knows what's

coming but she knew I would be

0:40:050:40:08

charging today. I think she pushed

the limits and that's what happens

0:40:080:40:13

with ski racing. I almost pushed it

too far yesterday but she will be

0:40:130:40:18

tough for the rest of the season and

especially the Olympics.

Another

0:40:180:40:21

epic weekend of racing here from

Cortina. Goggia yesterday taking her

0:40:210:40:27

first ever home victory, and today

Lindsey Vonn one step closer to

0:40:270:40:33

those record books.

0:40:330:40:44

Kristofferson took his first win of

the season, beating Marcel Hirscher

0:40:460:40:52

into second. It is that time of year

when the ski racing comes thick and

0:40:520:40:56

fast. On Tuesday, Ski Sunday Extra

has live coverage of this famous

0:40:560:41:02

night slalom from Schladming. It is

loud, brash, and a race that always

0:41:020:41:09

delivers. Watch it live on the red

button, online and on your connected

0:41:090:41:16

TV. Lizzy Yarnold narrowly missed

out on a medal as she finished

0:41:160:41:23

fourth. It was her best result since

her bronze medal last November. Now

0:41:230:41:32

it is time for ski social.

0:41:320:41:38

After last week's feature

0:41:380:41:39

on Chase, the snowboarder

with additional needs,

0:41:390:41:41

we've had a couple of amazing videos

sent our way to further prove

0:41:410:41:44

that the slopes are for everyone.

0:41:440:41:46

This is Oscar, aged 9,

catching a ride with Stefan

0:41:460:41:49

from the Swiss ski school

in Saenenmoser - the shreaks

0:41:490:41:52

of delight tell you everything

you need to know.

0:41:520:41:56

I've had a go on one of those.

0:41:560:42:01

It is so much fun.

0:42:010:42:04

And Rachel has sent in a video

of her incredible 10-year-old

0:42:040:42:09

daughter Eilidh, who's completely

blind but has been skiing,

0:42:090:42:12

following a voice amplifier

and her guide Jamie.

0:42:120:42:13

We absolutely love this.

0:42:130:42:15

Please keep sending your

pictures and videos in.

0:42:150:42:16

There's always a great variety

of terrain, styles and skill,

0:42:160:42:20

and we welcome everyone

on Ski Social.

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Use the hashtag Ski Sunday.

0:42:210:42:23

And don't be shy or embarrassed -

we're just as likely

0:42:230:42:25

to show a fail or fall,

especially if you can get back up

0:42:250:42:28

again like Ben here.

0:42:280:42:34

Keep your questions coming too -

we always get a few

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after you've done a course run.

0:42:370:42:38

Mike wants to know if you get

more than one go at it,

0:42:380:42:41

and Sarah's been asking why you do

it with a handheld camera

0:42:410:42:44

instead of a helmet cam?

0:42:440:42:47

A helmet mount would make things

easier

0:42:470:42:49

A helmet mount would make things

easier because I could use two poles

0:42:490:42:52

but it would make uncomfortable

viewing back home. For the forward

0:42:520:42:56

facing camera I use this stabiliser

which keeps the camera steady. The

0:42:560:43:01

ski tip camera shows how bumpy it

is, this uses duct tape because

0:43:010:43:11

otherwise it would come flying off

like it did ten years ago. To answer

0:43:110:43:16

Mike's question, I only get one go

at it before the race starts.

What's

0:43:160:43:22

interesting to me is watching

Graham's testosterone and adrenaline

0:43:220:43:27

levels going from normal to beast

mode. Thankfully they return to

0:43:270:43:31

normal, whatever that is, when he

takes the downhill skis off.

There

0:43:310:43:35

will be no need for those skis next

week because we are in Schladming.

0:43:350:43:42

In front of 50,000 screaming fans.

We will be tasked with following all

0:43:420:43:48

of the action as the chaos unfolds.

0:43:480:43:59

Yep, it's certainly a unique

challenge for us all,

0:43:590:44:01

but we wouldn't have

it any other way.

0:44:010:44:03

See you then.

0:44:030:44:08

COMMENTATOR: The noise is

astonishing!

0:44:080:44:14

Ski Sunday comes from Kitzbuehel, home of the infamous Hahnenkamm downhill.

A win on the Streif is as revered as an Olympic gold in the ultimate risk-reward race of the men's World Cup. And there is action from the women's downhill from Cortina, Italy, the flagship race on the women's tour.