Dominik Paris wins back-to-back downhills in Kvitfjell
Italian Dominik Paris claimed his second win of the season after the downhill of Chamonix and comes back only four points behind the leading duo Svindal/Fill in the Cup Standings after topping the field in Kvitfjell.
"It was not a perfect run, but a fast run,“ said Paris. "I hid my speed because yesterday, in the training runs, I was not so fast. I didnt‘ think I would be so fast on this course today, but I tried to give my best and push it to the finish line and I am so happy. It is very difficult on this course to find the right feeling –you can’t push very hard or go too clean on the lines. You have to take your speed, hold your speed down the whole course and make some seed in the difficult parts, that’s very important here.“
The surprise of the day came from Valentin Giraud-Moine (FRA). The 22 year-old keeps breaking personal records and made a big step earning his first World Cup podium. His best perforance so far was 12th in the Super-G in Jeongseon last February. Thanks to his solid run, he finished second only +0.20 behind Paris today and got his qualification for the Finals in St.Moritz.
"I feel really good,“ said Giraud-Moine. "It’s amazing to get this first World Cup podium. I had little mistakes, I had the feeling not to be in the race at 100% and not to be able to do what I wanted, but I kept calm and my skis were fast, I carried a lot of speed into the finish and that was it. I’m so happy to go to the finals and to have an extra race, it’s only bonus, I’m looking forward.“
Steven Nymann earned his third season podium in a row in downhill. After a third place in Jeongseon and a second place in Chamonix, the American laid down a clean run and took the third spot on the podium, +0.24 off Paris' pace.
"I've been really nervous,“ said Nyman. "I've had that mental battle and I had to settle myself down and focus on the necessities. I know everything is working right, I know my body is right, I just have to perform. I had higher expectations [for this season]. I started out very slow, I'll have to really establish myself in the beginning. But I've had a really good end of season, so if I mix those together, hopefully I can make a push for the title."
The battle for the downhill globe is now very tight, with a tied leading duo Peter Fill / Aksel Lund Svindal (the Norwegian had to end his season after an ACL injury in Kitzbuehel), ahead of Dominik Paris (only + 4 points), Kjetil Jansrud (+ 54 points) and Adrien Théaux (+ 66 points). These 5 athletes can still win the globe at the Finals‘ Super-G in St.Moritz.
Tomorrow, a super-g is scheduled in Kvitfjell. It will be the last race before the Finals in St.Moritz.