World Cup Training Runs at Beaver Creek, Colorado

BEAVER CREEK — Austria's Michael Walchhofer has announced that the 2010-11 season will be his last, but it doesn't seem that he'll be going into retirement quietly.  Walchhofer tied for first in training run today with Italy's Peter Fill with a time of 1 minute, 48.34 seconds on a stop-and-start and eventually abbreviated day of downhill training at Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey on Wednesday.  While conditions were difficult, causing a halt to the proceedings after 45 racers, and Wednesday's practice run was two days before Friday's downhill, it's hard to ignore that Walchhofer won the first downhill of the season up in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Saturday and was third in Tuesday's training here, as well.  “I think we will see,” Walchhofer said. “It's always good to do a good training run. But there are so many favorites on this slope, so you have to give always the best on the race day.”

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