Saturday, December 3, 2016
Kjetil Jansrud Wins First Downhill of the Season in Val d'Isère
Kjetil Jansrud’s domination in this year’s speed events continues and claimed the top step on the podium for the second time in a row in Val d’Isère. He crossed the finish line 0.26 seconds ahead of Peter Fill and 0.33 ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal.
The new starting order procedure resulted in an interesting start list for this downhill, with Kjetil Jansrud picking an early start number and wearing bib n°3. It looks like this strategy paid off, as the winner of yesterday’s super-g also claimed the win in the downhill today, to start the speed season in the best possible way.
Italy’s Peter Fill already showed constant training results in the past days in Val d’Isère with two second place finishes and proved that he can beat the Viking’s pace in the second training run. With bib 7 for today’s race, the downhill globe winner was able to lock up a second place and his 15th World Cup podium.
Despite missing out the second half of last season because of a torn ACL and coming back to training only a few weeks ago, Aksel Lund Svindal showed incredible skills and a solid shape on today’s downhill, where he finished third. Walking away with two podium placements is unexpected and extremely motivating for the attacking Viking.