Saturday, February 6, 2016

Kjetil Jansrud Tops First Korean Downhill Podium

Today, sports history has been written in South Korea as the country staged its first ever Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill in Jeongseon and Norwegian Kjetil Jansurd is the man that had the honor to step on the highest spot of this historical podium. This event is the first of 24 test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.
The conditions were perfect with cold temperatures, hard and grippy snow and a bright sunshine. Over 2000 curious and enthusiastic fans could enjoy the great atmosphere and the show offered by the fastest athletes in the world.
After winning both speed globes last season and leading both trainings held in Jeongseon on Thursday and Friday, Kjtetil Jansrud finally earned his first downhill win of the season.
"I've got a knack for that this season", said Jansrud. "I pulled off the parallel in giant slalom, which was the first, so it's been a season for firsts, I guess, but I'm happy to be back winning for sure".
South Tyrolean Dominik Paris also showed that he is feeling good on the future Olympic slope as finished 3rd in yesterday’s training and could confirm his good shape on race day by claiming the 2nd spot on the podium +0.20 behind Jansrud.
"I'm very happy", said Paris. "First podium of the season. It's very special for me because I was not doing very well in the downhill, and then it's very good for me. I like the hill, it's pretty cool. It's fun, it has a lot of jumps. Also, the snow preparation was very good. It's a pretty good downhill".
The third place went to American Steven Nyman. The skier from Utah laid down an impressive run with bib 14 and took the lead. He was already 4th and 6th of the two official training held previously that week.
"It's a very responsive snow", said Nyman. "It's been very cold here and dry and the guy who prepped the hill, Tommy Johnson, he preps Beaver Creek, so it's very similar and a lot of fun to ski on. The racecourse, there's a lot of flow to it, it's a lot of fun to ski. You have to be clever when you're skiing, it's not controlled by the gate, it's controlled by the terrain".

The PyeongChang 2018 Games, which will take place from 9-25 February 2018, will be the third to be staged in Asia, and the first ever in the Republic of Korea, following Nagano (JPN) in 1998 and Sapporo (JPN) in 1972.
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee’s (POCOG’s) ‘New Horizons’ vision aims to expand winter sports in Asia and transform the local Gangwon province into a new winter sports and tourism destination.
From a logistical point of view, the concept for the 2018 Winter Games is one of the most compact ever seen.The vision for PyeongChang is based on a compact geographical area, split between a coastal and a mountain cluster.
The coastal cluster, centred around the town of Gangneung on the Republic of Korea’s eastern seaboard, will provide the setting for the events on ice (speed skating, figure skating, short track, ice hockey and curling), with the main Olympic Village complex and mountain cluster (comprising the skiing and snowboarding courses and the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track) located only a 30 minute car journey away.
The Jeongseon Alpine Centre will be a venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, hosting the alpine speed events of Downhill, Super-G, and Combined. It will accommodate 6,000 spectators (3,500 seats, 2,500 standing). The technical events of slalom and giant slalom are scheduled for Yongpyong Resort.

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