First training on the Olympic course goes to Jansurd
With two years to go until the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018 (KOR), the men's Audi FIS Ski World Cup stops in Jeongseon Alpine Centre to test the venue for downhill and super-g.
After a free ski session on Wednesday 3rd February, the athletes got their first glimpse of the Olympic course during the first official training day scheduled on Friday 4th February.
Kjetil Jansrud was the fastest with a time of 1:42:54. The Norwegian speed globe winner 2015/16 is in a good shape and hopes to be able to take advantage of the perfect conditions on the hill.
“The race course is in amazing conditions,” said Jansrud. “Probably the best we’ve had since Beaver Creek, and the sun is out, which is great because the last 4 downhill we run were in foggy weather or rain, so it’s about time. Hopefully we have a good race here in Far-East and we’ll see how far I can go”
Austria’s Romed Baumann earned a second place, +0.13 off the Norwegian’s pace. The athlete from Hochflitzen, who earned two World Cup wins in Super Combined (Chamonix 2012, Sestriere 2009), is very happy about the races in Jeongseon.
“I like this slope,” said Baumann. “Already yesterday during the free ski I had good feelings. The snow, the base suits me, I can ski at my best level here. The track itself is not overhanging, there is no longer gliding part, there are always rolls in between. But I like it that way; it was a real pleasure to ski it.”
Kitzbuehel winner Peter Fill rounded up the podium +0.35 behind Jansrud. The South Tyrolean is thankful for the efforts the Organising Committee put in the construction of the track.
“I was here already in 2003 and 2006 but it’s the first time I see a downhill slope. They worked hard and did a good job. There are certainly some little adjustments but in general I think they did great. There are many jumps, many rolls, it’s hard to get in the course right away, we need to get in the rhythm and then go for it.”
Another official training will take place tomorrow Friday 5th February at 12.00 LOC (04.00 CET). The athletes will have a second chance to find the perfect line, before the downhill on Saturday 6th February (12.00 LOC / 04.00 CET).
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