2-time Olympic Champion Mayer To Open Downhill Training

Feb 2, 2022, 10:47 AM
KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 23: Matthias Mayer of team Austria competes during the Audi FIS Alpin...
KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 23: Matthias Mayer of team Austria competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on January 23, 2022 in Kitzbuehel Austria. (Photo by Hans Bezard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
(Photo by Hans Bezard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

BEIJING (AP) — Austrian skier Matthias Mayer will be the first athlete to test the downhill course at the Beijing Olympics after drawing the No. 1 bib for Thursday’s first official training session.

Mayer is aiming for his third gold medal in as many Olympics.

He won the downhill in 2014 and the super-G in 2018.

His father was a silver medalist in the first Olympic super-G in 1988.

No active racers have been on the course because test events were canceled over the last two years amid the pandemic. There are 56 skiers on the start list.

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Just a year after Japan’s summer Olympics, the Games are back for a winter show in Beijing, China. The unusually short gap between Games is due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Strict precautions and enforced virus prevention protocol are in place to help keep athletes, coaches and personnel safe. 

Beijing is the capital of China, with a population of more than 20 million people and the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympic games. It is one of the largest cities in the world and 15 hours ahead of Mountain Time. There are 13 different venues in and around Beijing that will be used for the Winter Olympics. A total of 109 events will be held in 15 different sports, and there will be a lot of Utah locals competing for medals. Keep up to date with them at our Olympic headquarters.

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