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Vonn, Miller lead respective squads in downhill training for Lake Louise, Beaver Creek


Vonn, Miller lead respective squads in downhill training for Lake Louise, Beaver Creek


December 3, 2009 —  Both Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) led the way for the U.S. Thursday as each finished fifth in downhill training, with Vonn posting her results in Lake Louise, Alberta, and Miller marking his at the Audi Birds of Prey downhill course in Beaver Creek.

Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was also feeling the Birds mojo, ripping into eighth place just behind Miller for the U.S.

"Beaver creek did a great job of putting a course together. It's in great shape, which is really cool for us," Men's Alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick said. "It was a good training run today, but we still have some work to do."

The U.S. women had a slew of successes as four others joined Vonn in the top 20. They were led by Keely Kelleher (Big Sky, MT) in 12th, Chelsea Marshall (Pittsfield, VT) in 15th, Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) in 16th and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) in 19th.

"We're cautiously optimistic with the way the downhill training has gone this week. We talked about keeping pace through every training run, not just being fast on the first one, and being in the hunt," Women's Alpine Head Coach Jim Tracy said. "That's what they've all done, so we're all really happy with how the progression has gone the last couple days."

The men and women race Friday, with the women competing in a downhill. The men kick off the annual Birds of Prey races in Beaver Creek with a super combined.

"We're so excited every time the World Cup starts and tomorrow is our big day. We can't wait," said Cecilia Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. "It's a packed day with training in the morning and the combined. The weather looks good and I think we're going to have great finishes and everyone is going to do great."

The downhill will air Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC with replay Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. ET on Versus followed by super combined at 5 p.m. ET. Versus will also air GS on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. ET. Additionally Universal Sports will stream this weekend's races at the following times: (LIVE)
Friday, December 4
1:00-2:25 pm ET - Beaver Creek Men's SC-DH
2:30-4:30 pm ET - Lake Louise Women's DH *
4:30-5:35 pm ET - Beaver Creek Men's SC-SL

Saturday, December 5
1:00-2:45 pm ET - Beaver Creek Men's DH
2:30-4:30 pm ET - Lake Louise Women's DH *

Sunday, December 6
11:45-1:05 pm ET - Beaver Creek Men's GS1
1:00-3:00 pm ET - Lake Louise Women's SG *
2:45-3:35 pm ET - Beaver Creek Men's GS2



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