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Top 10 Women's World Cup Downhill Ski Racers - 2014 race 1

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Here's a look at the top ten women's World Cup Downhill ski racers following the first 2014 season Downhill race at Beaver Creek, Colorado on 11/29/13.

This year the World Cup women raced Downhill at Beaver Creek, Colorado because the Beaver Creek course will be the venue for the 2015 FIS World Ski Championships and, in as much as the 'Raptor' course is a newly designed course it was a good chance for the women to become familiar with racing Downhill events on Raptor.

New course, new top ten racers and more than a few veterans were thrown off their game by a combination of the technical and steep demands. Lara Gut of Switzerland did her homework, using the training runs to memorize the course and ramp up her speed in each training session. Come race day Gut was ready and she popped a great run beating Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein by almost 1/2 second with Italy's Elana Fanchini another .51 seconds back.

The U.S. women's star Lindsey Vonn did not race after she reinjured her knee and it seems the team just couldn't get it going. Stacey Cook, second to Vonn in last year's Downhill opener, could only manage a 19th place finish to lead the U.S. women with Julia Mancuso right behind in 20th position.

The following Top Ten Downhill Rankings is also the top ten finishers of this race in as much it is the first Downhill competition of the 2014 season.

Lara Gut - Switzerland

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At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Lara Gut was 16th in the Downhill.

In the Downhill events during the 2013 World Cup season Gut's best placement was one 1st place finish.

2013 Ski Racing Season
Lara Gut's 2013 ski season competition results.

Tina Weirather - Liechtenstein

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At the 2013 World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Tina Weirather was 13th in the Downhill.

In the Downhill events during the 2013 World Cup season Weirather's best placement was one 3rd place finish.

2013 Ski Racing Season
Tina Weirather's complete 2013 ski season competition results.

Elana Fanchini - Italy

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At the 2013 World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Elana Fanchini was 9th in the Downhill.

In the Downhill events during the 2013 World Cup season Fanchini's best placement was one 7th place finish.

2013 Ski Racing Season
Elena Fanchini's 2013 ski season competition results.

Fabienne Suter - Switzerland

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Fabienne Suter did not race in the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships Downhill competition in Schladming, Austria.

In the Downhill events during the 2013 World Cup season Suter's best placement was one 14th place finish.

2013 Ski Racing Season
Fabienne Suter's 2013 ski season competition results.

Anna Fenninger - Austria

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At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Anna Fenninger was 11th in the Downhill.

In the Downhill events during the 2013 World Cup season Fenninger's best placement was one 3rd place finish.

2013 Ski Racing Season
Anna Fenninger's complete 2013 ski season competition results.

Fraenzi Aufdenblatten - Switzerland

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Fraenzi Aufdenblatten did not race in the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships Downhill competition in Schladming, Austria.

In the Downhill events during the 2013 World Cup season Aufdenblatten's best placement was one 6th place finish.

2013 Ski Racing Season
Fraenzi Aufdenblatten's 2013 ski season competition results.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch - Germany

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At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Maria Hoefl-Riesch was 3rd in the Downhill.

In the Downhill events during the 2013 World Cup season Hoefl-Riesch's best placements were one 2nd place and two 3rd place finishes.

2013 Ski Racing Season
Maria Hoefl-Riesch's complete 2013 ski season competition results.

Andrea Fischbacher - Austria

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At the 2013 World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Andrea Fischbacher was 8th in the Downhill.

In the Downhill events during the 2013 World Cup season Fischbacher's best placement was one 20th place finish.

2013 Ski Racing Season
Andrea Fischbacher's 2013 ski season competition results.

Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden

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At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden was 20th in the Downhill.

In the Downhill events during the 2013 World Cup season Kaufmann-Abderhalden's best placement was a 3rd place finish.

2013 Ski Racing Season
Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden's 2013 ski season competition results.

Regina Sterz - Austria

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At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Regina Sterz was 18th in the Downhill.

In the Downhill events during the 2013 World Cup season Sterz's best placements were two 5th place finishes.

2013 Ski Racing Season
Regina Sterz's 2013 ski season competition results.

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