Bulgarians Perform Better in 2nd Downhill Training in Soch

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Bulgaria: Bulgarians Perform Better in 2nd Downhill Training in Soch Marco Sullivan of the USA in action during the second training session of the Men`s Downhill race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, 07 February 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Bulgaria's Olympic skiers Georgi Georgiev and Nikola Chongarov made it to the top fifty in the second downhill training session Friday on the Olympic course.

The 24-year-old Chongarov clocked 2 minutes, 12.29 seconds, ranking 41, a much better result that his time a day earlier.

Georgiev finished 48th.

Matthias Mayer of Austria unexpectedly turned into a medal contender after leading the second downhill training session.

The 23-year-old Mayer clocked 2 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.

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.

Conditions were again perfect.

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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