Kjetil Jansrud takes the first SG win of the season

02 December 2016 15:29
Impressions men's World Cup Val d'Isère 2016 (repl. Beaver Creek)
Impressions men's World Cup Val d'Isère 2016 (repl. Beaver Creek) -
Agence Zoom

This Friday 2nd December marks the day of the introduction of the new starting order, with a super-g held on the “O.K.” course in Val d’Isère, and as often on historical premieres, Kjetil Jansrud is to be found at the very top of the ranking. He is followed by his teammate Aksel Lund Svinal in second and Italy’s Dominik Paris in third.

Historical days work pretty well for Norways Kjetil Janrud. To mention only last year’s premières, he topped the newly introduced PGS in Alta Badia and the first downhill ever in Korea on the future Olympic course. In Val d’Isère, the super-g and downhill globe winner of 2015 proved once again that he is a serious contender, by mastering this first speed race of the season with the fastest time.

Already last season Aksel Lund Svindal impressed with an extraordinary come-back, and he is doing it again this year. Last season ended abruptly with a torn ACL in the downhill in Kitzbuehel, after he dominated the first half of the season, but the lack of training before this season didn’t seem to stop the extraordinary Norwegian. The first speed race of the season ended in a second place for him, only +0.17 behind his teammate.

In third, South Tyrolean Dominik Paris laid down a strong run and could grab third place +0.40 off Janrud’s pace. With now 16 podiums in the speed disciplines, Paris is happy to start the season in a good way, especially since last season he reached his top shape only later in the season.

Tomorrow, a downhill will be held on the “O.K.” course in Val d’Isère.