First season's victory for Theaux in Kvitfjell
KVITFJELL, Norway – In a race where the wind was the toughest competitor to beat, Adrien Theaux fought his way down the Kvitfjell race course to take home victory. With a time of 1 minute, 29.10 seconds the French skier took home his first victory of the season.
Local favorite Aksel Lund Svindal might not have achieved his so awaited first victory on home snow but finished the race with a great second place, only 0.19 seconds slower than Theaux. After standing on the podium in four of the last five Downhill races in Kvitfjell, including victories in 2009 and 2012, “Mr. Kvitfjell” Klaus Kroell once again placed high in the Norwegain resort. Kroell placed third, finishing exactly half a second off the fastest time.
“It was difficult today, I think the trick was to try to keep your tuck as much as possible and avoid catching more wind than necessary,” Theaux explained what he thought brought him his victory. “I am really happy also as this has been my first Downhill this year without mistakes, everything came together today. Conditions were not easy but all of us on the podium are among the top Downhill skiers so I am happy to be sharing this result with such good skiers. The plan for me today was just to try enjoy the run, not think about anything around and just ski the way I knew I could ski.”
Despite making the podium six times, three times in Downhill, twice in Super G, once in Super Combined, Svindal once again got really close but missed the top step of the podium in Kvitfjell.
“I’ll take second place, I am usually happy when on the podium. I would obviously like to win here someday and I know it will come sooner or later but for that I need to just ski faster so today this is a good second place. I do have a lot of podiums here but somehow there is just always someone that is better on this slope. I increased my lead today got myself a bit of buffer going into the Finals so for sure that’s the goal now, winning the discipline title in Lenzerheide.”
The race for the title is still open but moved another 20 points ahead of Kroell today.
“It wasn’t easy, the luckiest guy with the wind was the winner today,” Kroell said. “I made a small mistake in the middle section but altogether it’s a good race for me. I like it here, I have done well in the past and I can say that it’s my favorite Downhill of the year. It’s a lot of good terrain, tight turns, wide turns and it’s one of the classic Downhills so I really like coming here each season. The Downhill title? It might be a long shot as Aksel needs to be out of the points and I have to be on the podium at the finals but of course it’s still an option.”
by Ana Jelusic