Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kjetil Jansrud Wins His Fourth Race in Val Gardena


Four victories and two second places in the past six speed evens: Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) continues to dominate the fast disciplines in the World Cup. Same in today’s super fast Super-G on the Saslong where the Norwegian didn’t let anyone even come close to him.
"It is an amazing feeling to come down, turn around and see the green light on the scoreboard yet again. You always want to win, fight every day, always attack. And somehow this year I seem to succeed in being at the top in every race. It’s almost unreal and surrealistic (...) I’ve made a few smaller mistakes today, but they didn’t develop into larger ones. I found the right balance between letting the skis run and attacking. But others do the same. Somehow it just all seems to come together. It’s an amazing feeling", Jansrud said.
Jansrud dominated the extremely fast Super-G top to bottom finding the best line from the wall above the Ciaslat meadow all the way to the entry of the Finish schuss. At the end of the race, he was 0.46 seconds ahead of Dominik Paris. A lead of 0.46 seconds might not seem much, but it proves that Jansrud put down a supreme run considering that a mere 0.37 seconds separate 2nd placed Paris from 8th placed Romed Bauman.
Dominik Paris is adding to yesterday’s podium and is clearly moving from a pure Downhill specialist to adding Super-G results placing in the top five in all six speed races this season. Silver is Dominik’s best result in Super-G so far. The fast track appealed to the South Tyrolean-native and it looks like it’s just a matter of time before we’ll see Paris at the top in a Super-G. As a reminder, he already won three World Cup Downhills. 
"It was not easy to find the right line because it was hard to understand where you can risk it and where not. But I managed to ski fast. A heartfelt thank you to the Organizers as it was a huge challenge to organize a ski race on a green meadow. Normally, the Saslong is more like highway with a few jumps. But not this year. The races on the Saslong were harder than ever and you really had to give it your all through the end", Paris said.
The Austrian team placed 4 skiers in the top 10. Best Austrian was Hannes Reichelt in 3rd place. Vincent Kriechmeyer (AUT) surprised the team with a 4th place and was one of the few skiers with a higher bib number to push to the top group.
"Jansrud clearly does what he want. He just leaves the rest of us in the dust. At least there’s some thrill in what’s happening behind him. We have shown all season that we’re strong in the Super-G. It’s the Downhill where we’re still struggling. Compliments to Kriechmeyer: he put down a great run taking time off Jansrud in the Ciaslat. That owes my full respect", Reichelt said.

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