SCHLADMING, Austria Defending champion Erik Guay of Canada criticized the downhill course at the World Championships after training Thursday, calling one of the jumps way too big.
Guay said he hurt his back while landing after the 30-meter jump.
Thats ridiculous, Guay said. Any course you should be able to push in the first training run and not have to worry about injuries like that.
Super-G world champion Ted Ligety, who will race downhill in the super-combined event Monday, shared his criticism.
There are a couple of really big jumps onto really flat landings, the American said. Im always for big jumps, but big jumps with flat landings are not that sweet; its pretty harsh landing over those jumps.
Guay agreed the height of the jump and flat landing were causing problems.
As long as its a low flight and you land without big impact you can go 60-70 meters and no issue; we have that at other places in the World Cup, Guay said. Its just the landing when its too flat that everything comes into your legs and your back as shock absorbers.
International Ski Federation race director Guenter Hujara said course workers would try to slightly lower the jump ahead of todays second training run.
Its very difficult there. We cant take it down too far, Hujara said. We have helpers on it, and well see (Friday) morning.
More racers were unhappy with course conditions for the opening training, in which Hannes Reichelt of Austria posted the fastest time ahead of Italians Dominik Paris and Christof Innerhofer.
After overnight snowfall, the icy course partly was covered by spots of soft snow.
Its tough, mostly due to the conditions, Aksel Lund Svindal said. Its icy at some places, and there are a lot of places where there is still a lot of bad, fresh snow that shouldnt be there. Theyll have a lot of work to do on that.
The Norwegian, trailing leader Paris by three points in this seasons World Cup downhill standings, expected a tough race.
Theres not that much gliding, he said. There are so many rolls that it doesnt feel like gliding.
Reichelt came down the 3.3-kilometer course in 2 minutes, 2.98 seconds. Paris was 0.11 behind, and Innerhofer, the 2011 silver medalist, trailed Reichelt by 0.35.
Guay and Svindal finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while last seasons World Cup downhill champion Klaus Kroell was sixth. The rest of the field trailed Reichelt by more than a second.
The course will be shortened today as training takes place in between the two runs of the womens super-combined. The mens downhill is Saturday.
AP Sports Writer Andrew Dampf contributed to this report.