Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dustin Cook Wins The SG Race, Jansrud Takes SG Title

Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) may not have won today’s battle in the super-G at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Season Finals in Meribel (FRA), but he won the season’s war as he officially collected his Crystal Globe as the top super-G skier for the 2014/2015 season.
Jansrud ultimately finished in second place just 0.05 seconds behind underdog Dustin Cook (CAN). Cook has come on extremely strong late in the season after winning the silver medal in the super-G at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in February in Vail (USA) and taking third in the super-G in Kvitfjell (NOR) earlier this month. But today was the icing on the cake for the Canadian as it marked his first-ever World Cup victory.
"This was the goal for sure, I really wanted to win", said Cook. "I’m definitely not used to this, maybe someone like Kjetil who wins a lot, but this is all new and all exciting for me and I couldn’t be happier. It’s unbelievable", said Cook.
"Its special coming into the race and knowing you’ve won the (super-G) globe. I had a lot of motivation for the race and wanted to go for the win, but I’m still pretty pleased with second place – the sun is shining and I can’t complain", said Jansrud.
With the super-G globe already decided heading into today’s race, it was a chance for other storylines to take center stage. Cook’s maiden victory was clearly a highlight, in addition to Didier Defago’s last race on the World Cup tour. The long-time Swiss veteran received a lengthy standing ovation when he crossed the finish line.

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