Sochi Olympics downhill course gets high marks

ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer Published:

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) -- Didier Cuche called it "magnificent." Bode Miller was highly critical. Aksel Lund Svindal said upon first glance that the course for the 2014 Sochi Olympics was "what downhill is all about."

So while there was some criticism, for the most part racers gave high marks to the Rosa Khutor slope after the opening World Cup training session was held on a clear and sunny day on good, hard snow.

At 2.2 miles, the course is one of the longer layouts that racers have faced, although the constant turns mean little time in the tuck position. Therefore, it's not one of the most physically demanding tests.

Two more training sessions are scheduled for Thursday and Friday before a World Cup downhill on Saturday and a super-combined race on Sunday.