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Skiers brace for season's toughest test in Bormio

Updated: December 28, 2012, 11:26 AM ET
Associated Press

BORMIO, Italy -- The days are short. The course is long, dark, bumpy and icy.

It's time for the annual World Cup downhill on Bormio's leg-jarring Stelvio course -- usually the most physically demanding test skiers face all season.

It's an intimidating race, too, being one of the rare tracks where skiers can peer straight down and see the finish from the start gate.

"It's not as bad as I (thought)," said Kjetil Jansrud, who sits second in the downhill standings, 86 points behind ...

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