Dominik Paris crashes in training for final downhill of season
Extent of injury not yet known
Dominik Paris crashed in downhill training Tuesday at the World Cup finals, leaving his hopes for the discipline title in jeopardy.
Paris, who won the past two downhills, limped away after falling just after the first intermediate section. Tests revealed he has injured his left thigh and knee but not broken anything and Paris is hopeful of starting Wednesday.
The men's downhill race is scheduled for Wednesday (CBCSports.ca, 4:45 a.m. ET).
Paris trails Italian teammate Peter Fill and Aksel Lund Svindal by four points in the downhill standings. Svindal is out for the season after knee surgery following a crash at the Jan. 23 downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, which Fill won.
"Of course I didn't test it out and I didn't see the most difficult part of the course," Paris said. "Now I'll look at some videos and tomorrow, if I manage to take part in the inspection, I'll put everything together for the race."
There is a chance the race could be postponed or cancelled with snow and strong winds predicted, although organizers have said they have several options open to them to ensure it goes ahead. If it is cancelled, Svindal will claim the crystal globe thanks to a greater number of victories.
Fill had the best time in Tuesday's training, 0.12 seconds faster than Beat Feuz of Switzerland and 0.17 ahead of teammate Christof Innerhofer.
No Italian has ever won the men's downhill title. Norway's Kjetil Jansrud is 54 points behind Fill, with Adrien Theaux of France 12 points further back.
Jansrud was sixth fastest in training, 0.84 slower than Fill, with Theaux nearly three seconds off the pace.
The two dominant ski racers this season, Svindal and Lindsey Vonn, both had season-ending knee injuries.
Vonn had already clinched the downhill title before her crash during a super-G race in Andorra at the end of last month. She was also leading the overall standings. The giant crystal globe will now almost certainly be won by Lara Gut in front of her home crowd.
The Swiss skier leads by 355 points with four races left in finals week.
Gut was fastest in women's training Tuesday, the second practice ahead of Wednesday's race. She finished 0.5 ahead of Tina Weirather, with Laurenne Ross of the United States 0.71 slower.
The race was littered with errors, with five out of the six best ranked racers missing gates, including Gut.