World Cup returns to Lake Louise

26th November 2010, by Chris Gill

Ready to race - Lake Louise

Ready to race - Lake Louise

The world’s top alpine racers are back in action this weekend, this time over in Canada.

Lake Louise is the only Canadian stop on the World Cup circuit, so both the men’s and women’s teams will be competing on the downhill courses there.

The WinterStart World Cup kicks off with the men’s downhill on Saturday 27 November, followed by the Super-G on Sunday. The ladies competition is held a week later.

The training runs began on Friday, and Austria took a runaway lead dominating the top three places in the men’s event. Six Austrians finished in the first ten. Klaus Kroell, Michael Walchhofer and Mario Scheiber took the top positions, with Walchhofer 35 racing in his last season before retirement – so his last attempt to win in Lake Louise. His previous victory there was in 2003.

Weather conditions are looking good for Saturday’s event: it’s cold (a high of minus 12 degrees!) and mostly clear, with a few light snow flurries. There has been fresh snowfall in the past few days too.

We’ll catch up with the results later in the weekend ...

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