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Austria Off To Worst Downhill Start In 25 Years - Westport News

united states alt='Austria's Hannes Reichelt skies on his way to take third place in an alpine ski, men's World Cup Super-G in Val Gardena, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Photo: Marco Trovati, AP / AP' /> Even with two-time World Cup downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway sidelined because of a torn Achilles tendon, the former "Wunderteam" has failed to make any impact. Hannes Reichelt was ninth in Lake Louise last month. Then Max Franz in Beaver Creek and Olympic champion Matthias Mayer in Val Gardena both came in seventh for the team's best results, making it the poorest showing in pre-Christmas races since 1989. After harsh criticism by greats Stephan Eberharter and Michael Walchhofer in the Austrian media, and with six weeks left before the world championship downhill in Beaver Creek, the team wants to get back on track in the final downhill of 2014 at Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy, on Sunday. "During the start of the season they haven't taken their chances," head coach Andreas Puelacher said. "Now the guys are starting to take more risks. It won't be long until we are back among the best." According to Puelacher, who took over from image source Mathias Berthold this season, it's all about minor issues.
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