Jansrud fastest in the first training in Beaver Creek
It has been cold in the last day in Beaver Creek and the Audi Birds of Prey course even got covered by approx. 20 cm of fresh snow in the night between Sunday and Monday. Therefore, the training run scheduled on Tuesday has been cancelled so the course crew could have enough time to clean the race track. Thanks to the efficient and trained Talon Crew, the course was ready for the first Audi FIS World Cup downhill training this morning.
Kjetil Jansrud is the one that laid down the fastest run in today’s training. “It's a difficult downhill. It's a technical, tough course but it still has some really nice flow to it from edge to edge, it feels nice. It's one of the coolest downhills of the year. Hopefully I'll like it as much on Friday”, said Jansrud after his run. In Lake Louise, Jansrud didn’t manage to climb on the podium despite very strong training runs (2nd, 1st, 1st). Jansrud is planning some adjustments for the races in Beaver Creek: “I don't know [what happened in Lake Louise], it's hard. The skiing is really, really good and then some parts were really bad. I think Saturday, maybe I just wanted it a little too much, but I still was fast in the flat sections. Sunday I skied a pretty good super-G, but lost in the flat sections, so I'm doing some minor adjustments to my equipment and hopefully I'll take away those things.”
The second position is claimed by Switzerland’s Carlo Janka, +0.25 behind Jansrud's time. According to him, this result is not to be taken too seriously, because he didn’t ski the whole course: “As usual in Beaver Creek, the slope is in a very good shape, but I didn’t find the right line just yet, I missed at least 3 gates.” After struggling with heart and back pain in the last year, Janka is happy to be back among the fastest ski racers in the world. “The goal for tomorrow is to ski a top positions without missing any gates.”
Starting with bib n°2, Germany’s Josef Ferstl was the big surprise of the day. He grasped the 3rd place of today's training, +0.26 off the winning time. His best performance so far is a 7th position in last year’s downhill in Santa Caterina. The 26 years old racer made all the gates and seems to have found the right setup today in Beaver Creek.
Two high numbers made it in the Top10 today. Frenchman Thomas Mermillod Blondin finished 6th out of bib number 66 and Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde came in 8th with bib number 58.
A second training run will be staged tomorrow, Thursday December 3rd (start at 10.45 local time) so the athlete still have a chance to find their marks before the downhill scheduled on Friday December 4th (start at 10.45 local time).
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