Friday, February 24, 2017

Bostjan Kline Claims His Career First Win in World Cup at Kvitfjell Downhill.


After the World Championships in St. Moritz, the men’s World Cup Tour moved North to Kvitfjell (NOR) for the two downhills and a super-g. Today Friday 24th of February, was the day of the replacement race from Lake Louise (CAN), and the first of two downhills took place on the Olympiabakken.
It was an historical day for Slovenia, as Bostjan Kline took home his first ever World Cup win. The 26 years old racer from Maribor showed great performances last year, with two second places, and he definitely was on the “one-to-watch” list. However, Kline had some struggles to be claim top positions this season, so this win comes as a relief for him and the Slovenian team.
"It feels good. The whole season I knew that I can ski good, that I can ski fast. You know, I just had to be patient and today, everything came together with the skiing, the start routine, warmup and everything. It was ups and downs during this season. Hot and cold. There were things that were really good but I had some mistakes in my runs but now it was good".
Friday’s result is Mayer’s second World Cup podium since the 2014 Olympic downhill champion broke his back at last season’s Val Gardena downhill. Mayer also won the Kitzbuehel super-G in January.
"I really needed the time in downhill to give everything, to risk everything. If you don't do that, you can't be on the podium. I'm very happy about my run today because it feels great to be back with these guys, to be one of the fastest here".
Local hero Kjetil Jansrud was weakened by a bronchitis at the World Championships two weeks ago, but he came back in a great shape, claiming third place and taking over the red bib of the downhill standings leader.
"It felt good. It's home field advantage so you kind of wanna win, but today was a tight race and third place is good and that makes it even better when you look at the overall (downhill title) and I grab the red jersey back, which is always a good thing even though it's still very tight between Fill and I, it's a good start to the week. I feel much better, the biggest thing is I had bronchitis in the World Champs. Now that's way better, now I don't have any problems".

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