Jansrud's winning streak in Val d'Isère
The first downhill of the season was held under amazing conditions on the „O.K.“ course in Val d’Isère. The sun was out, the snow was hard but responsive, the crowd was cheering and the athletes eager to grab that first downhill title. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud topped the field to took his second win in two days, as Peter Fill (2nd +0.26) and Aksel Lund Svindal (3rd +0.33) rounded out the podium.
The new starting order procedure resulted in an interesting start list for this downhill, with Kjetil Jansrud picking an early start number and wearing bib n°3. It looks like this strategy paid off, as the winner of yesterday’s super-g also claimed the win in the downhill today, to start the speed season in the best possible way.
Italy’s Peter Fill already showed constant training results in the past days in Val d’Isère with two second place finishes and proved that he can beat the Viking’s pace in the second training run. With bib 7 for today’s race, the downhill globe winner was able to lock up a second place and his 15th World Cup podium.
Despite missing out the second half of last season because of a torn ACL and coming back to training only a few weeks ago, Aksel Lund Svindal showed incredible skills and a solid shape on today’s downhill, where he finished third. Walking away with two podium placements is unexpected and extremely motivating for the attacking Viking.
The speed skiers are now leaving Val d’Isère and will gather again in Val Gardena on 16th and 17th December 2016 for a super-g and a downhill. But the tech skiers are taking over the “O.K.” course in Val d’Isère to hold a giant slalom tomorrow, with first run at 10.00 CET and second run at 13.00 CET.