From Lindsey Vonn on down, the first impression of the women's downhill course for the 2014 Sochi Olympics was a positive one. The only problem was that the jumps were too large.
''I like it. The snow is a little bit soft and it was definitely windy today, but first impression was good,'' Vonn said after Wednesday's opening training run for this weekend's World Cup races - a major test event for the games.
''There's more terrain on this course than pretty much every World Cup that I've been to.''
Downhill world champion Elisabeth Goergl of Austria was also pleased with the Rosa Khutor slope.
''It's got everything in it - really steep parts and jumps and nice, steep turns and flat parts and rolls - so it's an interesting track,'' Goergl said. ''It's definitely Olympic worth.''
However, after the first three skiers flew high off the slope's two big jumps, course officials began waving flags to slow skiers down as they approached those sections, meaning most racers didn't get a ch...