Poisson fastest in last Kvitfjell training run

01 March 2013 13:49
Windy Kvitfjell
Windy Kvitfjell -

KVITFJELL, Norway – Wind, wind and more wind once again in Kvitfjell for the second Downhill training. But today, despite the two hours delay in the program the training kicked off from the very top of the course.

Today the three World Championships Downhill medallists swapped places to take the top three spots in the training run.

David Poisson, the surprising bronze medalist from the Schladming Downhill was the man to beat. He finished his run in 1 minute, 46.11 seconds leaving local favorite, and Schladming gold winner Aksel Lund Svindal in second place, 0.34 seconds behind. Third fastest in today’s training was silver medalist in the World Championships Downhill was Dominik Paris.

“It was really windy,” Poisson said. “But apart from that the slope is in great shape. They changed the jumps in the last section and things are much smoother now. Yesterday we were all struggling with a compression after the jump while today there were no problems at all. I am happy with my run, now I guess all I have to do is find the speed I had at the World Champs.”

Svindal has never won a World Cup race in Norway in any discipline

despite making the podium six times (three times in Downhill, twice in

Super G, once in Super Combined). If today is any indication of how comfortable he feels on home snow this year, he might become the second Norwegian man to win a World Cup downhill on home snow after Lasse Kjus, who won in Kvitfjell in both 1996 and 1997.

Dominik Paris, currently second in the title standings and Innerhofer, who is currently third are both vying to become the first Italian to ever win the downhill crystal globe and if Innerhofer finished only 22nd today, over two seconds off Poisson, Paris is right there where the big points are made. The young Italian doesn’t however give away the impression of feeling the pressure of the globe.

“It has been a fantastic season so far, I couldn’t have asked for more and even though everyone keeps talking about the globe all I keep thinking about is how to ski fast and win more races,” Paris said when the globe question was raised.

“It was a good training run for me, the slope felt better than yesterday and I felt comfortable. It’s still really windy, I think that racing in these conditions might be borderline regular but for a training run it was great.”

The battle for the Downhill crystal globe is wide open, with the top four skiers in the race for it separated by just 38 points with two races left in the season. 

Kröll has been on the podium in four of the last five Downhill races in Kvitfjell, including victories in 2009 and 2012 and if he plans to defend his 2011/12 Downhill title this is for sure a slope where he can make the difference.

I guess we will all just have to wait and see, the action tomorrow starts at 11.45 CET!

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by Ana Jelusic