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Swiss skier Gisin has best time in women's downhill training

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LAKE LOUISE, Alta. (CP) - Swiss women took three of the top four spots in training Tuesday for the first women's downhill races of the World Cup season this weekend.

The top Canadian was Emily Brydon who finished 10th. Dominique Gisin led the Swiss assault, skiing through snow flurries and fog to cover the 2,574-metre Olympic Downhill course in one minute 52.80 seconds. Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister broke up the Swiss domination by finishing second in 1:52.65. Dorfmeister won the super-giant slalom race here last year.

Switzerland's Sylviane Berthod was third in 1:53.18 while Nadia Styger fourth in 1:53.43.

Brydon of Fernie, B.C., was timed in 1:53.96.

Allison Forsyth of Nanaimo, B.C., is a slalom and giant slalom specialist, but finished 36th in the field of 69 in a time of 1:56.08. She won a bronze medal in World Cup giant slalom race last year at Santa Caterina, Italy.

Other Canadian results included Sherry Lawrence of Calgary, who was tied for 19th in 1:54.68, Kelly Vanderbeek of Chilliwack, B.C., was 22nd in 1:54.74, Shona Rubens of Canmore, Alta., finished 28th in 1:55.15, Genevieve Simard of Val-Morin, Que., placed 59th in 1:58.30 and Calgary's Jessica Dakers was 62nd in 1:59.112.

The top American was Libby Ludlow in 24th in 1:54.92.

The women will race downhills Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday.

© The Canadian Press, 2005

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