Mixed Reviews of 2014 Olympic Downhill

U.S. Ski Team gets first look at Sochi


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On Wednesday, the U.S. Ski Team took their first runs on the 2014 Olympic downhill course in Sochi, Russia and came away with mixed reviews. The Russian ski federation hosted a practice session for 73 international skiers in which Austrian Hannes Reichelt edged out Didier Cuche by a quarter of a second. Travis Ganong praised the course for its unique technical elements but other U.S. team members, including Ted Ligety and Bode Miller, complained that the course was too technical and not fast enough. “I don’t really believe it embodies anything that a true World Cup downhill should be,” Miller said. The course will host a World Cup downhil race this weekend.

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