Local Jansrud claims the Kvitfjell Super-G win
A great speed weekend came to a closet in Kvitfjell (NOR), with the last regular super-G before the Finals. Only four athletes earned a Super-G podium more than once this season (Svindal, Hirscher, Kilde, Weibrecht), so the outcome of today’s race was wide open, and the Cup standings very tight.
Local Kjetil Jansrud, who grew up in the region, naturally knows this course perfectly and put that knowledge to good use today to claim the victory. After two strong training runs and a fifth-place in yesterday’s downhill, the Norwegian was primed to win today’s super G. The win also keeps his hopes alive for the super-G globe as he is 40 points behind current leader and teammate Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.
"I skied well yesterday,“ said Jansrud. "But I didn't quite make it as fast as I wanted. Today it's other way around. I felt like I skied just a decent run and no big mistakes. I skied according to plan and it's also good for confidence that you can win with such a run. It feels like Norway was expecting this, so it’s great to deliver. It's where I grew up, then definitely, I want to win here again.“
Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr finished in second place, equaling his best career result earned last season in Kvitfjell. The 24 year-old's worst result this season is a 11th in Kitzbuehel, which puts him in second place in the C super-G standings, 37 points behind.
"I like to come back to Kvitfjell, I really like this hill. Two years ago I had my first Top 10 here and last year my first World Cup podium. It was my goal to be among the fastest racers in the super-G, but the globe was not a concrete goal. It’s going to be exciting in St.Moritz.“
One athlete on fire at the moment is Dominik Paris (ITA). He took his sixth podium of the season, all coming since February. Despite the good results, the South Tyrolean felt that he had a hard time in super-G and couldn’t find his speed properly. But Kvitfjell fixed it and gave him confidence again.
"I’m feeling much better,“ said Paris. "I had to struggle in super-G, so to finish the season in this way really makes me happy. I don’t think I can go for the globe, but it would be great to have another strong run at the Finals. This slope suits me, I like it in Norway. I scored my first points in Super-G here, so I have good memories here.“
The men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup moves to the Season Finals St. Moritz. The host of the 2017 World Championships is organising the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals this year and will welcome the 25 best athletes from each discipline for a final and, in many disciplines, deciding, race. The show starts on Wednesday for the men, with the downhill race on the new Corviglia course.