2-time Olympic champion Matthias Mayer to open downhill training

HomeLatest

2-time Olympic champion Matthias Mayer to open downhill training

[ad_1] Austrian skier Matthias Mayer will be the first athlete to test the downhill course at the Beijing Olympics after drawing the No. 1 bib for T

Kevin Anderson, 2-time Grand Slam finalist, retires at age 35
Stanley Cup 2022: Avalanche a win away from dethroning 2-time champ Lightning
Danny Amendola, 2-time Super Bowl champion, retires after 13 seasons

[ad_1]

Austrian skier Matthias Mayer will be the first athlete to test the downhill course at the Beijing Olympics after drawing the No. 1 bib for Thursday’s official training session.

Mayer is aiming for his third gold medal in as many Olympics. He won the downhill in 2014 and the super-G in 2018. His father, Helmut, was a silver medalist in the first Olympic super-G in 1988.

No active racers have been on the course, which is named “Rock,” because test events were canceled over the last two years amid the pandemic.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

Austria's Matthias Mayer speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022.

Austria’s Matthias Mayer speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men’s World Cup downhill, in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022.
(AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

There are 56 skiers on the start list. Mayer will be the first at 11 a.m.

Usually the host country provides the forerunners who test the course before the competitors start for safety and other issues but this time all five forerunners are foreigners: two from Austria and one each from Switzerland, Germany and Italy.

Two Chinese skiers are on the start list: Zhang Yangming and Xu Mingfu.

The forecast calls for sun, wind and below-freezing level conditions.

Two more training sessions will be held Friday and Saturday before the men’s downhill opens the Alpine competition on Sunday.

[ad_2]

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 0
DISQUS: 0