Gnarly course may to decide downhill at worlds
SCHLADMING, Austria -- For about three quarters of the course, the men's downhill at the world championships features long jumps onto bumpy straightaways and sweeping, wide turns.
Then the real action begins.
Skiers take a hard right turn at the Italienerloch curve -- named for the Italian racers who struggled at that point in years past -- and dive into the course's steepest and most technical section.
Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who won the downhill here at last season's World Cup finals, says Saturday's race "will probably be decided in those last 40 seconds. ... That's where the toughest turns are."
Besides Svindal, Italians Dominik Paris and Christof Innerhofer are expected to be strong challengers, each having won two downhills this season.
Light snow is forecast.
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