GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — Christof Innerhofer was again fastest in training Friday for the last World Cup downhill race before the Olympics.

The Italian, who was also fastest in Thursday’s practice, sped down the 3.3-kilometer (2-mile) Kandahar course in 1 minute, 55.57 seconds to edge Matthias Mayer by 0.63 seconds and Dominik Paris by 0.67.

“I am very satisfied with my trainings the past two days and I have generally been feeling very confident on my skis,” Innerhofer said. “I used every day to train hard.”

Vincent Kriechmayr was fourth, ahead of Matteo Marsaglia and local favorite Thomas Dressen, who was 0.88 behind Innerhofer.

Dressen ended Germany’s 13-year wait for a men’s downhill win last Saturday in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

“I still do not realize what I have achieved,” Dressen said. “Knowing that I can be part of the best racers with a perfect run gives me a lot of confidence.”

Downhill leader Aksel Lund Svindal was 0.90 off the pace in a tie for seventh with Hannes Reichelt and Norwegian teammate Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.

Svindal, who has two victories this season, has never finished on the podium in seven attempts in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

“Hopefully it will work out this year,” the Norwegian said.

Beat Feuz, who is also challenging for the downhill title, was 24th.

“In the end, it is about who wins the small crystal ball – Svindal or I,” said the Swiss skier, who is only 10 points behind his rival.

Saturday’s downhill will be followed by a giant slalom on Sunday.

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CIARAN FAHEY
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