BEAVER CREEK - Austria's Klaus Kroell unofficially took the first day of Birds of Prey training Tuesday as the annual men's World Cup started its annual stop at Beaver Creek.
The Austrian posted a time of 1 minute, 41.52 seconds. While valuing the stock of training results is a risky business at best, Kroell is the defending World Cup downhill champion. Austria made it a 1-2 finish with Max Franz in second (1:41.97), while Italy's Christof Innerhofer was third (1:42.13).
Austrian Georg Streitberger, the 2010 super-G champion here, took fourth, and Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, likely one to make a lot of news this week, finished fifth.
Svindal, who has three wins in his career here, seems to have the hot hand in the early going of the World Cup season, having won the first-two speed events of the year up at Lake Louise, Alberta, last weekend.
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