A colourful ceremony launches the weekend

There was a huge turnout to celebrate the winners of the first downhill in Crans-Montana on Friday. Lara Gut-Behrami, Corinne Suter and co received their awards on the Ycoor ice rink, in front of hundreds of Swiss flags.

Afterwards, the ten best downhill skiers in the world took part in the bib draw for Saturday’s race. Arriving on stage by zip-line, they then selected their numbers for the race, whilst there was entertainment from a variety of artists. Musicians, dancers and magicians performed one after another on stage for the pleasure of the crowd.   

Rendez-vous Saturday from 10.30 onwards on the Mont-Lachaux piste for the second World Cup downhill of the year.

Vidéo: Johan Tachet/SkiActu

DEPREZphoto sa, cransmontana

The proud podium for the downhill rescheduled from Rosa Khutor/RUS during the national anthem.
Switzerland's Corinne Suter will be racing in bib number 3 on Saturday, in the second programmed downhill race.
Big crowds came to celebrate the athletes at the Ycoor ceremonies