Walchhofer leads downhill training in Bormio

Dec 27, 2009 - 4:48 PM BORMIO, Italy(AP) -- Michael Walchhofer led the opening training session Sunday for the World Cup downhill on the knee-jarring Stelvio course.

The Austrian finished in 2 minutes, 3.25 seconds. Andrej Jerman of Slovenia was second, 0.16 seconds behind, and Christoph Gruber of Austria was third, 0.71 back.

Downhill World Cup leader Didier Cuche of Switzerland placed sixth.

Walchhofer won back-to-back downhills on the Stelvio on consecutive days three years ago and has posted seven podium finishes in all.

Another training session is scheduled for Monday, followed by the race Tuesday.

Overall World Cup leader Benjamin Raich and Bode Miller are skipping the race.

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