After the races in Val Gardena most of the people involved in the speed World Cup events will move to Santa Caterina Valfurva for a training on the Deborah Compagnoni slope on Monday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 20. The track will be the theatre of three Men’s World Cup races from December 27 to December 29. December 26 will be DH training time (at 11.30), the day after it’s going to be Super-G’s time (to replace the deleted one in Lake Louise) at 11.00. December 28 will be DH’s turn (at 11:45) and on December 29 there will be an Alpine Combined (Super-G at 10.30 and Slalom at 2.00).
Immediately after the race, the Austrians reach Hotel Palace in Bormio. The group consists of 8 athletes (Mayer, Reichelt, Baumann, Franz, Walder, Striedinger, Kirchmayr and Schweiger), six coaches, two physiotherapists and eight ski men. They’re going to rest tomorrow, waiting for Monday.
The Italian team’s headquarters in Bormio, instead, will be Hotel Rezia: Innerhofer, Fill and Casse are expected, while Paris will arrive on Tuesday, after the race in Alta Badia. The Canadian Cook and the Americans Weibrecht, Nyman, Ganong, Bennett and Biesemeyer are about to arrive as well.
The Deborah Compagnoni track is ready, the snow is perfect. This morning the installation of the B nets is about to be completed. On the occasion of the training on the race track, the passages and the many difficulties of the track will be signaled using a fluorescent green, instead of the traditional blue, to increase safety by giving better reference points to the jet men.