Norwegians dominate Saslong downhill training
The Attacking Vikings definitely lived up to their nickname today as Norwegians Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud went one-two in the official downhill training in Val Gardena (ITA).
It was the second straight day that Svindal topped the field in training, today with a best time of 1:57:09, 0.24 seconds ahead of his teammate Jansrud.
“We will see tomorrow, Kjetil also had a very strong run today,” said Svindal after the run. “I am very relaxed and am just trying to enjoy each race this season. So let’s see what tomorrow brings.”
Behind the Norwegian duo was a pair of Americans, who are no strangers to success on the Saslong course. Steve Nyman finished in third place in today’s training 0.26 off the pace followed by teammate Travis Ganong in fourth place.
Nyman is looking for his fourth win in Val Gardena after topping the podium in 2006, 2012 and last season as well.
“I think they’ve done a very good job with the course and it is allowing everyone to ski fast,” said Jansrud. “When you look around outside you can see there’s not a lot of snow and what they have done to get it ready is great.”
All the skiers were complimentary of course preparation, which have been nothing short of a miracle as the Dolomites, like much of Central Europe, are still awaiting the start of winter. Fortunately, Val Gardena has one of the top snow making systems around, which allowed them to not only prepare the Saslong course, but also open several runs for the Holiday tourists.
Tomorrow the men will race the super-G at 12:15 CET, followed by the downhill showdown on Saturday, also at 12:15.