Norwegians ahead again in Lake Louise
Since Tuesday, the training runs on the challenging race course have become faster and faster, which shows that the athletes are getting acquainted with the track prepared this year. Everything seemed to fall into place for Kjetil Jansrud, Aksel Lund Svindal and Guillermo Fayed today. The attacking Vikings are definitively going into the race week-end with the “ones-to-watch” tag.
The fastest time has been set by last year’s globe winner in both speed discipline, Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, who already finished 2nd and 1st of the two previous trainings. Despite these good results, Jansrud keeps trying to shape up his line. “Today felt a little better, especially from the halfway point down to the finish. I think it was pretty good. But I’m also lagging a bit behind the best ones all the way to the third split, so I’ll have to take a good look at video and try to change that for tomorrow. But I’m feeling confident. For sure in downhill there’s a lot of details going on, and it you miss out on a few of those you’re in the back of the pack”, said Jansrud after his run.
Aksel Lund Svindal’s comeback is pretty impressive. After a season without any World Cup race, he skied the fastest time in the first training run, ended 5th of the second, and is now back on the podium as 2nd of this third training here in Lake Louise. He’ll definitively be a serious contender for a spot on the podium this week-end. "There are some sections that I would say are fairly challenging, so it’s getting harder and harder every day to have a perfectly clean run because it’s getting a little bumpy”, declared Svindal. He added: “I feel good, but you definitely need to keep it together because there’s not a lot of room for error. At those speeds if you have just a little mistake, the tenths are flying really fast. It’s not going to be an easy race to win.”
Guillermo Fayed already showed good performances earlier this week, with a 4th place on Wednesday. Today’s result (3rd behind the two attacking Vikings) shows that he is now ready for the upcoming races: “My way of skiing changed between the three runs we had here. First day was ok, then yesterday I took it a little too easy and the slope was much harder so I got bounced around. But I spoke a lot with our coaches and we analyzed the video and today I felt much better”, said Fayed, who skied it’s best result here in Lake Louise (2nd in last year’s downhill). “The race is going to be tough, there is a lot of terrain and the Norwegian are in a league on their own right now. But we’re going to try to tighten or even close the gap during the season”, added the athlete from Chamonix.
D-Day has now arrived for the athletes; the first downhill of the season will be staged tomorrow, Saturday November 28th, in Lake Louise. Start times are the same than for training, which is 11.30 local time (19.30 CET). Stay tuned on cbcsports.ca (CAN), NBC Live Extra Streaming (USA), Eurosport Int. or your local broadcaster to watch the races live this week-end.
Full results available here.