Alpine Skiing

The Associated Press - Friday Feb. 7, 2014 03:56 ET

Matthias Mayer fastest in latest men's downhill training session

Erik Guay top Canadian in 15th

Matthias Mayer of Austria seen after the training run in Sochi.
Matthias Mayer of Austria, seen after the training run in Sochi, has never won a World Cup race. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Quickly turning into an unexpected medal contender, Matthias Mayer of Austria led the second downhill training session Friday on the Olympic course.

The 23-year-old Mayer clocked two minutes, 6.51 seconds, slightly quicker than Bode Miller's leading time from a day earlier, as the course was harder and a bit faster.

While Mayer has never finished better than fifth in a World Cup downhill, he was third in Thursday's training.

Former overall World Cup winner Carlo Janka of Switzerland was second, 0.27 seconds behind, but he missed a gate. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was third, 0.55 behind, with Miller sixth, 0.64 behind.

Erik Guay was again top Canadian, finishing 15th in a time of 2:08.26. The Mont-Tremblant, Que., native was seventh in Thursday's session.

Manny Osborne-Paradis was 20th, Ben Thomsen of Invermere, B.C., was 36th, and Calgary's Jan Hudec finished 38th.

Conditions were again perfect at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.

A third and final training session is scheduled for Saturday, with the race Sunday opening the medal events for Alpine skiing.

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