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Alpine skiing: second Altenmarkt training cancelled

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The second training run for the women's downhill skiing in Altenmarkt has been cancelled due to heavy snowfall overnight, organisers said Friday.

"Due to snowfall overnight in Zauchensee and workload needed on the hill, today's second downhill training is cancelled," the international ski federation FIS announced on Twitter.

In the first training run on the impressive 3,005-metre (9,859 foot) Kaelberloch slope on Thursday, Austria's Anna Fenninger clocked the fastest time with 1min 48.94sec.

Swiss Lara Gut and Tina Maze of Slovenia followed at 0.28 and 0.61.

German double Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch will be seeking to maintain her narrow lead in overall and downhill World Cup standings when the women race this weekend in the Austrian resort.

The downhill will kick off proceedings on Saturday, with a super-combined -- consisting of one super-G and one slalom run -- on Sunday.

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