Super-G hat-trick for Kjetil Jansrud in Santa Caterina!
The cancelled Super-G of Lake Louise has been rescheduled in Santa Caterina, ahead of the traditional downhill on 28thand the alpine combined on 29th. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud was unbeatable on the Deborah Compagnoni course today. Hannes Reichelt and Dominik Paris rounded out the podium.
Starting with bib number 5, South Tyrolean Dominik Paris was the first to lay down a strong run and set a reference time of 1:31.53. After his third place in the Super-G in Val d’Isère, Paris was a serious contender and the pressure from the Italian crowd was palpable. In the end, it’s a third place, second podium of the season for Dominik Paris. “It’s feeling very good,” the Italian said. “It’s so good to stand on the podium at home…a lot of emotions.”
Austria didn’t have the best start in the speed season, but it seems that last week’s victory relieved the whole team, including Hannes Reichelt, who earns a good second place in today’s Super-G. The World Champion comes a long way, as he suffered different injuries since his last podium in January. “Last year, 2016, was not so easy for me,” he explained. “After my podium in Kitzbuehel, I had the crash. Then in summertime, I had surgery, so coming back was not easy.”
The dominance of the Norwegians in the speed discipline is impressive again this year. Especially Kjetil Jansrud is on fire and claims three back-to-back wins in the three first Super-Gs of the season. Despite some minor health problems in the past days, Jansrud keeps up his winning streak and becomes the second man to win the three first Super-Gs of a World Cup season. “I’m feeling awesome,” he said. “There’s not much to say. You never expect the wins. In some ways, I’m skiing very confidently this whole season, but also these last races…I’m just enjoying the flow for the moment and hopefully, it’ll continue.”
Tomorrow, a downhill is scheduled to start at 11.45 on the same course in Santa Caterina. Hopefully the windy weather forecast doesn’t put a spoke in the organisers’ wheel.