JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) The new downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics has won praise from many competitors ahead of its World Cup event this weekend.
Canadian downhiller Erik Guay called it ''awesome'', American racer Travis Ganong was raving over ''Olympic-caliber'' conditions and even Christof Innerhofer, the Italian who only likes the most difficult of courses, was satisfied.
Guay, the 2011 world champion, said Wednesday that ''it's going to be awesome. It's got a lot of turns back and forth. ... There's some nice jumps and pretty good snow.''
Racers were allowed to free ski the course without gates ahead of official timed training sessions Thursday and Friday.
The World Cup downhill and super-G races Saturday and Sunday are the first of 28 official test events for the next Winter Games.