Alpine skiing: Cortina downhill training cancelled

A second training session for the women's World Cup downhill race was cancelled due to snowfall on Friday, the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced.

A statement from FIS said: "As expected, it started snowing late last night and it shouldn't stop until around 15:00 (local time, 1400 GMT) this afternoon according to the weather forecast.

"The jury has hence made the decision to cancel the second downhill training."

Local organisers will now spend the rest of the day trying to make sure the Tofane run is ready in time for Saturday's race, when Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch starts as favourite.

The statement added: "The slip crew is currently working hard to push the snow outside the race line, while snow cats will only start their job once the snow has stopped.

"The organisers have now an intense day ahead to prepare the slope the best way for tomorrow's downhill race scheduled for 10:30 CET"

Hoefl-Riesch, a favourite for the downhill at the Sochi Olympics in three weeks time, topped the times in the first of two scheduled training sessions on Thursday.

The German completed the 2.66km-long course in a time of 1min 39.31sec with Slovenia's Tina Maze, last season's overall World Cup champion, second, just .01sec behind.

Anna Fenninger of Austria, second to Hoefl-Riesch in the overall World Cup standings, was third at 0.69 with Swiss Fabienne Suter fourth at 0.96.