Up on Whistler mountain, the 2,939 metre downhill long course known as "Franz's run" had been described beforehand as the fastest and toughest of all downhill's this season and recent rain which forced competitors to abandon training runs, had made the bottom half even more dangerous turning snow into ice with the added jump known as "hot air" which felled Anja Pärson at the end. Critics say the run was too long and it was a big mistake to have such a jump right at the finish. Franz's run will be used again in Thursday's combined event although in shorter form and organizers have now reduced the size of the final jump.
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