Men give Sochi Olympics downhill course in Russia its first World Cup test

Aksel Lund Svindal snaps a photo atop top of Rosa Khutor downhill course.

UPDATE: Let the handicapping for the 2014 Olympics downhill begin with Beat Feuz  as the early leader, thanks to his World Cup victory on Feb. 11. Read more.

What will happen at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi? Who knows? But World Cup skiers got their first taste of the downhill course during a training run Wednesday (Feb. 8) on the Rosa Khutor slope.

What did they think? Didier Cuche called it “magnificent.” Bode Miller was highly critical. Find out why they disagreed.

When it comes to the training runs on the course, things are heating up. On Thursday (Feb. 9), for the second straight day, Austria’s Hannes Reichelt posted the fastest time. But after a slow start on Wednesday, bigger names like Miller (fourth), defending downhill champ Erik Guay (ninth) and two-time overall World Cup winner Aksel Lund Svindal (10th) moved up the ranks after him. Read more.

The men will  race a World Cup downhill on Saturday and a super-combined race on Sunday. Check back here for results. The women’s World Cup field will race here Feb. 18-19.

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