Jansrud makes it two out of three in Kvitfjell

02 March 2014 13:28
Last SG podium before the Finals
Last SG podium before the Finals -

KVITFJELL, Norway – Olympic super-G gold medalist and local favorite Kjetil Jansrud kept the tradition of a Norwegian super-G winner in Kvitfjell alive by clocking the fastest time in the last super-G before the Finals in Lenzerheide.

Under a consistent snowfall, the Norwegian skied a fantastic run top to bottom and pushed Swiss Patrick Kueng, who was leading at that point, into second position. Kueng’s run proved 0.26 seconds slower than Jansrud’s. Matthias Mayer also kept his momentum going for the second day in a row and finished third, only 0.33 seconds off Jansrud’s pace.

“It was very tough today, I felt good on start but heard Aksel’s split times and he was fast on top but lost a lot of time at the bottom,” Jansrud explained.

“After Aksel’s run, coaches told me to watch out in bottom part because if I wanted to take this home I would have to ski fast there. In the end I tried to mix attacking and being smart and I had a good run. It’s insane how in skiing so many skiers fight for victory all the time and to be able to grab two out of three here is just extraordinary,” he continued.

Kueng somewhat struggled in the Kvitfjell downhills and finished 12th both days so today’s second place certainly makes him leave Norway on a much better note.

“It was really good today,” a very happy Kueng said.

“This second place makes me particularly happy after not doing that well in the two downhill races. Visibility was low, the snow was wet and it was sure not easy to ski but I had a really good run today. In the middle part I skied really good but lost some time to Kjetil in the upper part. For me this is still a good day, I skied well and made the most out of the low visibility and tough conditions. It seems to have been like this often this year and it’s time for the weather to give us a break and maybe at the Finals in Lenzerheide we can have some sunny weather,” the Swiss explained.

Mayer might have had a rough start of the weekend when he skied out in Friday’s downhill but things quickly turned around for the better and he will now be going home with two podium finishes.

“Overall it’s a good weekend for me, after skiing out on Friday yesterday and today turned out to be pretty perfect,” Mayer said.

“I have to say that on Tuesday it looked like we would have no races and we had three races, three tough races but it was awesome. I’m off to Kranjska Gora next, will try to ski the GS, find some training and I’m ready to tackle these last two weeks of World Cups,” he continued.

Aksel Lund Svindal who won the super-G in Kvitfjell last year, finished fourth 0.44 seconds behind his teammate. He was certainly looking for a podium and a more significant increase in his lead over Hirscher in the Overall standings (he is currently 77 points ahead) but will have to wait until Lenzerheide to find out if he can remain ahead. For now, he gets to celebrate winning both speed titles – yesterday he secured the downhill one and today the super-G.

"The aim here was top 3 and I had 4, 5, 6 - that's cutting it close, but not good enough,” Svindal shared his thoughts.

“The downhill and Super-G titles are two beautiful things. In the battle for the Overall my situation has deteriorated a little. My average in the speed disciplines was reaching the top 3, that’s what Marcel has done in the technical competitions. If he can keep that, then it does not look good for me," he continued.

10 racers were unable to finish today’s race but all of them apart from Andrej Bank were able to ski down to the finish line while Bank had to be transported down in a toboggan. According to Bank’s brother Thomas, a first check showed a significant cut on the leg caused most likely by the ski or binding but luckily no broken bones or knee injuries were discovered. Bank is currently on his way to the hospital to undergo further evaluations. 

We wish Ondrej all the best in his recovery and hope the test result bring positive news.