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Skiers train for worlds at Aspen Highlands

Austria's Anna Fenninger reacts Tuesday after winning the first race in the 2015 Alpine World Championships, the women's super-G, at Beaver Creek. Fenninger and many of her Austrian teammates are training at Aspen Highlands during the world championships.
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If you thought you saw Norwegian superstar Kjetil Jansrud skiing at Aspen Highlands, you would be correct.

If you thought you saw Jansrud’s teammates on the Norwegian national ski team training on Thunderbowl at Highlands, you would be correct.

If you saw skiers with the Austrian women’s team and the Swiss women’s team, you were at Aspen Highlands on Tuesday.



Skiers from a number of national teams are training and will train at the Dave Stapleton Training Center at Aspen Highlands during the current Alpine World Championships, being staged at Vail and Beaver Creek over the next two weeks.

The racing schedule for worlds opened Tuesday with the women’s super-G and a gold medal for Austrian Anna Fenninger.




Tina Maza of Slovenia, the overall women’s World Cup leader and the 2013 overal champion, finished second.

Lindsey Vonn of Vail collected the bronze medal in Tuesday’s opening race.

The men’s super-G is scheduled today at Beaver Creek.

Many of the men’s speed skiers spent time at the Dave Stapleton Training Center last week in preparation for today’s super-G at worlds.

The Norwegian men trained at Highlands from Wednesday through Sunday.

According to Pat Callahan of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, which operates the Dave Stapleton Training Center, the Canadian men trained at Aspen Highlands last week as well.

This week, the men’s technical skiers for Norway are scheduled to train on Thunderbowl.

The Austrian women and the Swiss women will join the training sessions today.

Just as Dave Stapleton had envisioned when the race-training facility opened in November, the World Cup ski teams are lining up to take advantage of a training venue away from the worlds race venues in Vail and Beaver Creek.

On Thursday, both the Austrian men and women are scheduled to train at Highlands, along with the Swiss women and the Norwegian slalom and giant slalom skiers.

More training sessions are scheduled through the weekend, with a full lineup Saturday and Sunday including Austrians, Norwegians and Swiss.

“It’s nice to see the teams lining up to come here,” Callahan said. “This should make for some good viewing at Highlands the next two weeks.”

He said additional teams are expected to join those training in Aspen.

The race schedule for the Alpine World Championships includes the women’s downhill on Friday and the men’s downhill on Saturday, both at Beaver Creek.

The women’s combined is set for Monday. The men’s combined will be staged Sunday.

The women’s giant slalom will be Thursday, Feb. 12. The men’s GS is set for Friday, Feb. 13.

The women’s slalom is set for Saturday, Feb. 14.

The men’s slalom will close the Alpine World Championships on Sunday, Feb. 15.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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