Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kjetil Jansrud Wins Downhill in Kvitfjell


Kjetil Jansrud’s domination in this year’s speed events continues and claimed the top step on the podium today in Kvitfjell. He crossed the finish line 0.08 seconds ahead of Peter Fill and 0.14 ahead of Beat Feuz.
There have been many Norwegian wins in Kvitfjell in the past years, seven in the past six years to be precise, but none of them was on the original Downhill Saturday since Lasse Kjus’ win in 1997. After taking over the red leader bib of the discipline yesterday thanks to his third place, local hero Kjetil Jansrud proved to be in an excellent shape and was unbeatable on the Olympiabakken track today.
"I know this hill very well. It's not just home because it's in Norway, it's home because I grew up here so it's a big thing and I think the last time (a Norwegian) won on a Saturday here was Lasse (Kjus) twenty years ago, so this is a big Norwegian day. It's amazing and probably one of my biggest wins. I even won my first World Cup race here so there are a lot of good memories in Kvitfjell. Magnificent day and also grabbing a bigger lead in the red jersey, thirty three points means that if Fill wins in Aspen and I'm third then it's all gone, so it it's going to be exciting".
Jansrud’s main only contender for the downhill globe ranked second today, only +0.08 off the pace. It’s Italy’s Peter Fill, winner of the 2015/16 discipline ranking. Very constant with three second place and one third place this season, the South Tyrolean is ready for the final decision in Aspen.
"Yesterday I made a big mistake and lost the speed on the top and then it was difficult to go fast but today was a good run and all together everything worked good and I'm really happy with my second place. Now I am close to Jansrud for the big fight for the globe in Aspen. I have only one goal: to beat him there so let us see what's going to happen. I know what I need to do, full attack and when I have luck, maybe I can re-win the globe".
In third place, the World Champion from St. Moritz could lay down a strong run and grab his second podium of the regular World Cup season. The Swiss ski talent is too far back to claim the downhill globe (168 points with one race to go), but his performance could be decisive in the tight battle between Jansrud and Fill. Whatever happens in Aspen, Feuz can look back on another very successful season.
"We started from the very top today, this is definitively an advantage for me. Unfortunately I was not very good in the lower part and made a mistake in the last section, but in general it was a very good run. It has been a great season for me, especially the World Champion title in front of my home crowd was amazing, I had some struggles early season in the World Cup, but then with the podium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and now also in Kvitfjell, I’m satisfied of my season”.

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