It looks like Norway is expanding its kingdom to the Dolomites as the nation’s men's speed team dominated the podium for a second straight season with Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) topping the super-G standings, edging his teammate Aleksander Aamodt Kilde by 0.06 seconds.
The second training session took place on the Saslong today in excellent conditions. The day’s fastest time was clocked by Kjetil Jansrud from Noway in 1.57:83, just ahead of USA Saslong specialist Steven Nyman (+0.05) and Austrian Max Franz (+0.12).
The Italian ski resorts located in the beautiful Dolomites in South Tyrol have long played a crucial role in establishing December as a strong part of the World Cup tour.
The so-called Italian block traditionally starts in Val Gardena / Gröden with a Super-G and a Downhill on the challenging Saslong course. Despite the lack of snow, the South Tyrolean resort was able to provide ideal conditions on the track and the today’s first downhill training run smoothly.
Like with teams and athletes, the foundation for a successful winter are made in the summer. One part of the preparation for the FIS team is the official FIS inspection that takes place at almost every World Cup venue.
He did it again. Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal collected his fifth season victory on the Audi FIS World Cup tour, this time claiming the downhill crown in Val Gardena (ITA).