Sunday, March 2, 2014

Kjetil Jansrud Wins Kvitfjell's Super G

Olympic super-G gold medalist and local favorite Kjetil Jansrud kept the tradition of a Norwegian super-G winner in Kvitfjell alive by clocking the fastest time in the last super-G before the Finals in Lenzerheide.
Under a consistent snowfall, the Norwegian skied a fantastic run top to bottom and pushed Swiss Patrick Kueng, who was leading at that point, into second position. Kueng’s run proved 0.26 seconds slower than Jansrud’s. Markus Mayer also kept his momentum going for the second day in a row and finished third, only 0.33 seconds off Jansrud’s pace.
"It was very tough today, I felt good on start but heard Aksel’s split times and he was fast on top but lost a lot of time at the bottom", Jansrud explained. "After Aksel’s run, coaches told me to watch out in bottom part because if I wanted to take this home I would have to ski fast there. In the end I tried to mix attacking and being smart and I had a good run. It’s insane how in skiing so many skiers fight for victory all the time and to be able to grab two out of three here is just extraordinary", he continued.
Kueng somewhat struggled in the Kvitfjell downhills and finished 12th both days so today’s second place certainly makes him leave Norway on a much better note.
"It was really good today", a very happy Kueng said. "This second place makes me particularly happy after not doing that well in the two downhill races. Visibility was low, the snow was wet and it was sure not easy to ski but I had a really good run today. In the middle part I skied really good but lost some time to Kjetil in the upper part. For me this is still a good day, I skied well and made the most out of the low visibility and tough conditions. It seems to have been like this often this year and it’s time for the weather to give us a break and maybe at the Finals in Lenzerheide we can have some sunny weather", the Swiss explained.
Mayer might have had a rough start of the weekend when he skied out in Friday’s downhill but things quickly turned around for the better and he will now be going home with two podium finishes.
"Overall it’s a good weekend for me, after skiing out on Friday yesterday and today turned out to be pretty perfect", Mayer said. "I have to say that on Tuesday it looked like we would have no races and we had three races, three tough races but it was awesome. I’m off to Kranjska Gora next, will try to ski the GS, find some training and I’m ready to tackle these last two weeks of World Cups", he continued.
Kvitfjell was built for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, but has already gained an outstanding reputation among Alpine enthusiasts around the world. The unique Kvitfjell courses were designed (Bernhard Russi) and built to combine challenges and safety as the guiding principles.
The 1994 Olympic Winter Games were a success for Lillehammer. Based on this success it was possible for Kvitfjellto host World Cup races in the years to come.

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