SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — World champion Kjetil Jansrud and Olympic champion Sofia Goggia were fastest in downhill training runs Monday at the World Cup finals.
Jansrud was 0.24 seconds faster than Johan Clarey, with Adrian Smiseth Sejersted and Christof Innerhofer tied for third, 0.32 behind.
Beat Feuz leads the World Cup downhill standings by 80 points ahead of Wednesday’s race. With 100 points awarded to the winner, only Dominik Paris can stop Feuz from retaining the season-long downhill title.
The women will race on the same 2.6-kilometer (1.6-mile) Aliga slope, but with more gates on a course set differently.
Goggia was 0.69 faster than Tina Weirather and Michaela Wenig, who tied for second.
Nicole Schmidhofer leads Austrian teammate Ramona Siebenhofer by 90 points ahead of Wednesday’s race.
Lara Gut-Behrami, the 2016 World Cup overall champion, crashed in the training run and will miss the rest of the week’s action, including more practices scheduled Tuesday.
The Swiss team said Gut-Behrami injured her back and right foot and will go undergo further examination upon returning from Andorra.
Gut-Behrami was without a World Cup race win for the first time in seven seasons.
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round.
No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
No. 9 Taylor Fritz and No. 12 Frances Tiafoe are the highest-seeded Americans, looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.