Jansrud tops the second training in Kvitfjell
Different conditions expected the athletes for the second Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill training in Kvitfjell. Humidity was in the air and fog came in during the night, which reduced the visibility in the upper part of the course. The start had to be delayed several time and moved to the reserve start. At 13.15, everything was ready and the athletes could finally go for their second training run on the Olympiabakken course.
The podium was pretty much the same as on Thrusday, but the order of the athletes changed. Today, local star and Olympic Champion Kjetil Jansrud set the fastest time.
„Yesterday I had a few tactical mistakes in my run,“ said Jansrud. „Today I had no bigger issue and my run went smoothly. I was happy that it turned out to be fast as well. Let’s hope that the conditions and the weather are good tomorrow.“
Italian Peter Fill skied +0.52 slower than Jansrud today. Kitzbuehel winner made a few mistakes but is confident that he’s a serious contendent for the win tomorrow.
„Today was good,“ said Fill. „I didn’t have a perfect run, there were some little mistakes in it, for exemple I underestimated some rolls, but it looks like I’m fast again and I’m happy to be among the best skiers today, it gives me confidence for tomorrow.“
Norwegian Aleksander Kilde, who had his breakthrough this season with already two wins and a third place, laid down a strong run again and ended 3rd, +0.57 off Jansrud’s pace.
„It was really good today,“ said Kilde. „The snow was more compact than yesterday and the few soft sections are gone. It was really fun to ski, when you have that feeling under your skis, with the bumps and stuff, it’s great to ski. It’s more challenging from the top and I’ve skied it many times, so it would be an advantage for me to start at the original position.“
Saturday is game day, starting at 11.30. The athletes will fight for the last downhill points before the end of the season. Both speed globes could be secured in Kvitfjell, as the spots behind current leader Aksel Lund Svindal (sidelined for the season after his crash in Kitzbuehel) are pretty tight. In downhill, Peter Fill is second and Kjetil Jansrud third, only 73 points behind the Italian.