In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 photo, Ski course patrols stand at the top of the ski slope which will be the training venue for the upcoming official Test Event of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Jeongseon, South Kore
Lee Jin-man
February 03, 2016

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.

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