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Innerhofer fastest in 1st practice for World Cup downhill

January 25, 2018
Italy's Christof Innerhofer speeds down the course during a training run for the men's downhill race at the alpine skiing World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)
Italy's Christof Innerhofer speeds down the course during a training run for the men's downhill race at the alpine skiing World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Christof Innerhofer was fastest Thursday in the first training session for a downhill race.

The Italian sped down the 3.3-kilometer Kandahar (2-mile) course in 1 minute, 56.09 seconds, edging teammate Matteo Marsaglia by 0.42 seconds.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway was third, 0.89 behind Innerhofer, ahead of Austrian teammates Hannes Reichelt and Vincent Kriechmayr.

Thomas Dressen, who ended Germany’s 13-year wait for a men’s downhill win last Saturday in Kitzbuehel, Austria, clocked 129.11 kph (80.2 mph) in the fastest section of the course and finished seventh, behind Beat Feuz of Switzerland.

Saturday’s downhill is followed by a giant slalom on Sunday.

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