Norway reigns supreme in Val Gardena

16 December 2016 15:49
Impressions World Cup Val Gardena 2016
Impressions World Cup Val Gardena 2016 -
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It looks like Norway is expanding its kingdom to the Dolomites as the nation’s men's speed team dominated the podium for a second straight season with Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) topping the super-G standings, edging his teammate Aleksander Aamodt Kilde by 0.06 seconds. Third place went to Canada’s Erik Guay 0.13 seconds off the pace.

Last year, the Norwegian men swept the podium here in Val Gardena/Gröden,  with Aksel Lund Svindal taking the bragging rights, followed by Jansrud and Kilde. Svindal was on pace to take the title again when he had a few scary bobbles mid-race that forced a DNF for the star. But still, it was smiles all around for the Norwegian team, as Jansrud picked up his third victory in as many speed races this season.

Kilde was also happy to earn his fifth career World Cup podium finish as Val Gardena, where he picked up his first-ever career podium last season, must seem like a magical place for the young ace.

For Guay, the wait was long to get back on the super-G podium as the last time he made the top three in the discipline was also here in Val Gardena back in 2010. Since then, the Canadian has been strong in the downhill earning 10 podium places, but the super-G eluded him until today.

The Canadians places two skiers in the top ten with Dustin Cook taking sixth place. The Italians and Austrians also had strong showings today, each nation closed with three racers in the top-12.

It was another perfect sunny, crisp  day in the Dolomites, providing excellent conditions for the athletes. Tomorrow is expected to be the same for the much-anticipated downhill, which will begin at 12:15 CET. Following the downhill, the tour moves to the next valley over in Alta Badia for a change of pace with a giant slalom and nighttime parallel giant slalom scheduled for Sunday and Monday.