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Men's downhill ready to start; women's training begins

The men's downhill is ready to go, and women's training is underway now. Some notes on the start positions:

4th - Andrew Weibrecht (USA): First Olympics, up and comer on US team.

6th - Steven Nyman (USA): Was 19th in downhill in Turin, and was a coaches' choice to get into this race.

8th - Bode Miller (USA): Fourth Olympics, a contender any time he's on the hill, won silver in giant slalom and combined in Salt Lake City.

17th - Michael Walchhofer (Austria): The silver medalist in the downhill in Turin. Fifth in the World Cup downhill standings this season.

19th - Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Canada): Whistler native will have huge crowd support. Third in World Cup downhill standings.

20th - Carlo Janka (Switzerland): An rising star in his first Olympics. Second in the World Cup downhill standings.

22nd - Didier Cuche (Switzerland): Fourth Olympics and the prohibitive favorite. Fastest in training the other day, silver medalist in super-G in 1998, first in World Cup downhill standings.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 15, 2010; 1:13 PM ET
Categories:  Skiing  
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