This week-end, Kjetil Jansrud had two good reason to celebrate: First of all, he won the Downhill on Saturday in front of his home crowd at Kvitfjell. He is the first Norwegian to win the classical Kvitfjell race on the full length Olympiabakken course. Plus he was able to secure the Super-G globe thanks to a solid 7th place on Sunday. It's his 3rd career globe, after the win in both the Super-G and the Downhill in 2015. Before heading to the Finals in Aspen, Jansrud is in pole position to claim the Downhill globe, as he is 33 points ahead of Peter Fill.
Kjetil Jansrud (born 28 August 1985) is a Norwegian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic champion.
He races in all alpine disciplines apart slalom, and his best event used to be the giant slalom where he has 6 World Cup podiums and an Olympic silver medal. However, since 2012 he has become more of a speed specialist, having grabbed twelfe of his fourteen World Cup victories in the speed events.
Jansrud made his first World Cup podium in January 2009 at Adelboden and finished ninth in the super combined at the 2009 World Championships.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, he won the silver medal in giant slalom.
Jansrud won his first World Cup race in March 2012 on home snow at Kvitfjell; he made the podium in all three speed events over the weekend, capped off with a victory in the super-G on Sunday.
In the following sesaon, he started well claiming a podium spot in Beaver Creek (3rd in super-g) but he crashed in the super-G at the 2013 World Championshits and tore a ligament in his left knee, ending his 2013 season.
A strong comebak in 2014, with a 6th place in the Overall World Cup, was crowned by a gold medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi in Super-G and a bronze medal in Downhill.
Kjetil Jansrud exploded in the following season and claimed 7 wins and 4 podium placements in 2014/15. Thanks to these performances, he could grab his first crystal globes in both speed disciplines, and even finished 2nd of the Overall ranking. The Norwegian also earned a silver medal in alpine combined at the 2015 World Championships in Vail / Beaver Creek.
2015/16 gave Jansrud 4 more World Cup wins, one of them in the new discipline Parallel Giant Slalom, launched in Alta Badia in December 2015. He was on the podium of the super-g and alpine combined season standings (respectivly 2nd and 3rd).
Back at the very top of his game, the Norwegian was able to clinch the 2016/17 Super-G globe, after he won three races at the beginning of the season and showed constant performances throughout the year.