Hoefl-Riesch leads Vonn in downhill training

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BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) -- Maria Hoefl-Riesch led the opening World Cup training session on the Banderitsa downhill course Thursday.

With bright sunshine and good snow conditions, Hoefl-Riesch clocked 1 minute, 35.54 seconds down the steep slope. Overall World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn was second, 0.52 behind, and American teammate Laurenne Ross was third, 0.96 behind..

One more training session is scheduled for Friday, with the downhill race Saturday and a super-G on Sunday.