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Kitzbuehel downhill: Erik Guay quickest Canadian in final training run

Italian skiers Mattia Casse and Christof Innerhofer led the final training for the men's World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, by more than a second on Thursday, two days before the classic race on the Streif. Canada's Erik Guay was 16th.

Prestigious World Cup race goes Saturday

The Canadian from Montreal, Quebec finished sixteenth overall with a time of 1:58.54 on Thursday at a world cup downhill training run in Kitzbuehel, Austria. 1:31

Italian skiers Mattia Casse and Christof Innerhofer led the final training for the men's World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria by more than a second on Thursday while Canada's Erik Guay was 16th, two days before the classic race on the Streif.

​Casse timed 1 minute, 56.85 seconds on the 3.3-kilometre course, leading his teammate by 0.34. Vincent Kriechmayr came 1.03 behind in third but the Austrian missed a gate and would have been disqualified in a race.

The Italian Skier finished first overall on Thursday at a world cup downhill training run in Kitzbuehel, Austria with a time of 1:56.85. 2:42

Guay finished 1.69 seconds behind Casse.

Six other Canadians practised: Benjamin Thomsen finished 21st, Morgan Pridy was 42nd, Manny Osborne-Paradis was 51st, Jeffrey Frisch was 53rd, Broderick Thompson was 60th and Tyler Werry failed to finish the run.

The Canadian from Invermere, British Columbia finished twenty-first overall with a time of 1:58.76 on Thursday at a world cup downhill training run in Kitzbuehel, Austria. 2:41

Adrien Theaux of France, who was fastest in Tuesday's first training, was 1.07 back in fourth. Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished 1.29 behind Casse.

Florian Scheiber of Austria crashed and was airlifted to the hospital with an apparent right knee injury.

Austrian skier Florian Scheiber crashed during his training run on Thursday at a world cup downhill event in Kitzbuehel, Austria. 2:37

​Saturday's race will be streamed live on CBCSports.ca at 5:30 a.m. ET.

Kitzbuehel's Hahnenkamm mountain will also host a super-G and a combined race on Friday (CBCSports.ca, 5:30 a.m. ET, 10:30 a.m. ET) and a slalom on Sunday (4:15 a.m. ET and 7:15 a.m ET).

Preview: Kitzbuehel, the most extreme and greatest of all ski races 0:38

With files from CBC Sports

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