Carlo Janka claims Jeongseon Super-G
After staging a historic downhill on Saturday, Jeongseon (KOR) hosted an Audi FIS Ski World Cup Super-G today. The day started very early for the Organising Committee with the snow falling overnight and covering the course with up to 10 cm. The race line was cleaned and in perfect condition by the race time.
Carlo Janka (SUI) fully took advantage of his low bib number 7 and took the lead for good with his run. With the victory, the Iceman, who won the Overall World Cup and was the World and Olympic Champion in 2009/10, earned his first Super-G win, and his 11th career win.
"It was not an easy Super-G today," said Janka. "I took some risks and everything worked out. The course had some difficult things in it, some jumps and some waves,but I took it and did a good run I think. That was the key today for me."
Christof Innerhofer made it to the podium for the first time this season, finishing 0.82 seconds off the pace. After several good results in downhill this season (fourth in Santa Caterina and Garmisch, fifth in Wengen) his 13th career podium surprisingly came in a Super-G race.
"We saw in inspection that it will not be an easy super G, especially on the first part," said Innerhofer. "I looked at Carlo [Janka] on the TV and said, 'Oh, those are good lines,' so I tried to do the same. I had a good feeling in the middle of the run. My feeling was good and it wasn't bad skiing and when I crossed the finish line and saw the second place and I had a really big smile."
Austria's young gun Vincent Kriechmayr rounded out today's podium, +1.02 off Janka's pace. Currently fourth in the Super-G standings, he laid down a strong run and skied to his second career podium.
"I'm really proud about the result today," said Kriechmayr. "I was fast in the last Super-Gs, but I'd always make a little mistake and today I didn't make a mistake, so it's third place. I always like tricky and difficult courses, and today it was like this. The waves are not easy and the jumps, all together it was a really hard and difficult race. I'm always smiling when I see something like this."
The World Cup Tour continues its Asian trip and is heading to Yuzawa Naeba (JPN) for a Giant Slalom and a Slalom.