I don´t know exactly but it´s said to be fairly soft. Maybe partially inconsistent? which is the worst. Maybe softer later in the afternoon than expected in the morning? Or maybe changing and faster for late starters (the 4th Italian)?
The sight seemed to be OK. Maze and Rebensburg told the German TV it was fair. I wonder what a Riesch or Fenninger think.
The first week with all DH training doesn´t have a tight schedule and theoretically there´s not such a press to keep it exactly. Otoh, if there was the risk of more snow later this week, each day would be precious. I was at St. Anton 2001 where new snow came and it wasn´t so easy.
I wonder what her skis´ bevel and tuning generally was. It could´ve been very easy to catch an edge with, say, .5 on today´s snow. Otoh, there were many more racers with line corrections and no such crash.
Two weeks ago Head skiers were losing skis (Ligety, Mancuso, iirc). How sad Lins wasn´t that „unlucky“ today. The damage would be none to minor.
Sterz, 17th: „it was almost like the first leg of a night race“
Fenninger: „it was very foggy during inspection so that we could see hardly anything“.
Which means, I fear, that they couldn´t find and memorize orientation points along the run and had to rely on memory and experience only. The more time between the inspections and the race the worse it might´ve been for some (all?).
Another point concerns the mental state and concentration after so many hours of waiting – probably a question for a sports psychologist.
All in all it´s poor start of the event and not good for the (image of the) sport.
Not to forget the aMAZing Maze. I remember her in January 2008 when she was training here at Spindleruv Mlyn after a WC race and when she was completely down, talking to local ski instructors about her ski crisis, no way out of it and even considering to quit racing.