Svindal fastest in Val Gardena training
VAL GARDENA, Italy – One could stand on the side of the Camel jump in Val Gardena 100 times and still remain breathless when one of the skiers passes by at 120 km/h and flies off the jump for over 50 meters.
At Wednesday’s first Downhill training on the famous Saslong slope, Aksel Lund Svindal was the man to beat. With a time of 1 minute, 58.73 he managed to find the fastest way down the slope, leaving Erik Guay in second place, just 0.04 seconds behind and Klaus Kroell in third a mere 0.10 off his pace.
Svindal has not had a great score in Downhill on the Saslong over the years, his best result a 17th place in 2009. Svindal has done much better in the Super G races, and in the same year he won the Super G, while last year he merely missed the podium, finishing 4th.
Svindal seems to be carrying the momentum from the North American races where he won twice and finished second, and is excited about it.
The Norwegian Tweeted aftet the race: “Looking promising! Never been this fast in downhill training in Val Gardena ITA before. I like it!!”
Fourth, fifth, 11th and 12th are Erik Guay’s past results in the Val Gardena Downhill, so a second fastest time today came as a good boost of confidence for the race on Saturday.
“It’s fun to ski this year, the snow is quite aggressive and in the Ciaslat it’s intense. I landed a jump on the flat and that was never fun but altogether I had a good run and am looking forward to seeing how much faster we can go in the race.”
The second training run is scheduled a 12.15 on Thursday.
by Ana Jelusic