Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) carves her way to the fastest time in Wednesday's Nature Valley Raptor downhill training. (Getty Images-Ezra Shaw)
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Nov. 27) - U.S. Ski Team veteran Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) found the line down the challenging Raptor downhill to lead Wednesday's training run. Cook blazed down the challenging course in 1:42.03 - .07 ahead of Lichtenstein's Tina Weirather and a tenth in front of Tuesday's leader Lara Gut of Switzerland.
Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) led the second training run for this Friday's Nature Valley Raptor World Cup downhill with a .07 margin over Lichtenstein's Tina Weirather.
Leanne Smith (Conway, NH) was 14th and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) 19th.
Training continues Thursday before Friday's World Cup debut of the 2015 World Championship downhill course in the first speed event of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup.
QUOTES Stacey Cook I really wanted to dial the line yesterday but there's so much to it that it took today as well. I think I have the line, I know what skis I'm going to use and I'm just going to keep looking for speed tomorrow.
<on what drives the number one women's speed team>Just confidence and believing in each other and ourselves. That's definitely been a process. Not all of us posses that naturally. Some of us had to learn. The biggest milestone has been just realizing how much we can learn from each other.
Leanne Smith It's important to get your bearings and keep moving in a positive direction. As we go on you'll see improvement from each and every one of us.
We brought the line in today in a lot of places. That means you need to be on it more. Things went becoming at me faster today. A lot of us were skiing too round yesterday. It challenges you to be that much more prepared. Hopefully tomorrow we can move even more in a positive direction.