Tough day for the Americans at Lake Louise World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 28, 2009 11:38 am

The Audi FIS World Cup downhill is still in progress in Lake Louise, Canada, though most of the top guns have skied. For the Americans, it’s been a tough day. Bode Miller was the first U.S. Ski Team athlete to ski, but couldn’t repeat his training success and is currently sitting in 22nd. Miller is tied

with fellow top downhill racer, Italian Christof Innerhofer. 

The weather is clearing a bit, without the grippy fresh snowfall that plagued some of the athletes, and the course is getting a little bit faster. Miller just moved from 16th to 22nd, and we’ll keep you posted on the final results.

The rest of the Americans who’ve skied have had a tough go. Recovering U.S. Ski Team athlete TJ Lanning suffered a terrible crash, and looks to have severely injured his left leg. Lanning’s friend and teammate Erik Fisher had to ski next, immediately following the long course hold. Needless to say, Fish didn’t ski his best and is currently in 42nd. Close behind him were Steven Nyman and Scott Macartney, who whether it was because of thoughts of Lanning or the changing course conditions, made some mistakes and are currently sitting in 44th and 46th respectively. Both Nyman and Macartney have won World Cup downhill medals, and Lake Louise won’t rank as one of their best performances. (The course, though, is gnarly.)

Currently, Swiss star Didier Cuche leads the pack by .44 seconds, with Italian Werner Heel in second, and fellow Swiss skier Carlo Janka in third. The podium is unlikely to change at this point.

Check back at the Ski Channel for the final race results. U.S. Ski Team athletes Jeremy Transue, Travis Ganong and Andrew Weibrecht have yet to ski.