LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Anna Fenninger of Austria was faster than Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany in a downhill training session Monday which began their duel for major World Cup honors this week.
Fenninger was third-fastest on the Silvano Beltrametti course, 0.31 seconds behind Slovenian Tina Maze's pace-setting 1 minute, 34.05 seconds. Fabienne Suter of Switzerland was second, 0.10 back. Hoefl-Riesch was seventh, trailing Fenninger by 0.85 and 1.16 behind Maze.
Hoefl-Riesch leads from Fenninger in the overall and downhill standings entering World Cup finals week, with races scheduled in each of the four disciplines. In Wednesday's downhill, Hoefl-Riesch starts 80 points ahead with 100 awarded for victory.
Hoefl-Riesch, the 2011 champion, is just 29 ahead overall from her Austrian rival. On Tuesday, the women have another downhill practice and the men run their first.