Alpine Skiing - Maze fastest in Meribel, Kueng on top in Garmisch

World Cup leader Tina Maze demonstrated that she had already got to grips with the course in Meribel as she topped the timesheets in downhill training on Thursday.

Alpine Skiing - Maze fastest in Meribel, Kueng on top in Garmisch

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Maze topped the standings with a time of one minute 16.43 seconds in training as she looked incredibly comfortable on the piste.

Lotte Smiseth Sejersted was just 0.13 seconds slower in second, with Spain’s Carolina Ruiz Castillo 0.3 seconds off the pace.

Local favourite and world champion Marion Rolland, who is among the favourites for Saturday’s race, finished 12th, 1.69 seconds behind.

"The conditions today were really good. Skiing with such a beautiful weather and on a home soil is just great," Rolland said.

"The course is quite turny and wasn’t very fast today because of the snow. We expect it to get harder over the following days and then we will be faster for sure."

The women will get a second opportunity to adapt to the “Roc de Fer” on Friday, ahead of the race on Saturday.

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Switzerland's Patrick Kueng led the way in men's downhill training at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany.

After Wednesday's training run was cancelled, the skiers finally got on the Kandahar 2 piste, and Kueng went fastest with a run of 1:11.47, 0.17 seconds ahead of Italy's Werner Heel.

Austrians Klaus Kroell and Max Franz were next fastest, with Josef Ferstl the quickest of the home skiers in fifth place, 0.37 seconds off the pace.

Newly-crowned World Champion Aksel Lund Svindal was 21st, over a second adrift.

There is another training run on Friday ahead of Saturday's main race.

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