"Must look at it from day to day"
On Tuesday evening, the first team captains’ meeting was on the program in Selva/Wolkenstein. The main topic was the weather, which could provide some disturbances during the race week in Val Gardena/Gröden.
The meeting was opened by Rainer Senoner, President of the Val Gardena/Gröden Organizing Committee, who briefly summarized the innovations on the track and in the OC team: "We are looking forward to the next days, even if the forecasts do not promise the best weather. But I can guarantee one thing: Each of us will do our best to host two perfect races." FIS Race Director Markus Waldner also focused on the outdoor conditions: "Two weeks ago in Beaver Creek it was the weather that was nervous - but here in Val Gardena/Gröden it’s looking at the forecast that makes us nervous. However, the forecasts have repeatedly changed recently at short notice, so we have to look at it from day to day."
The track is currently in good condition, even though it has been softened by the warmer temperatures. "Caution is advised during the training sessions, as the course must not be impacted too much. If the track doesn't hold, we will leave it at one downhill training and cancel the second training run", Waldner concludes.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, the first downhill training will take place. As the first runner, French veteran Johan Clarey will be on the course at 11:45 am.
The complete starting list of the first training run can be found here.