Friday, January 19, 2018

Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Kitzbühel Super-G


What a challenging day on the Streif. Hundreds of helpers were in action overnight on the race course to clear the wet snow that kept falling until late into the morning.
Quite early, the organizers made the decision to postpone the program and reschedule today's Super-g at 13:00. They also offeredr a unique version of the Hahnenkamm Super-g with the start moved up to Mausefalle and the finish line moved up to the Europa Cup start on Oberhausberg, like yesterday in the training run for the downhill.
After the logistical challenges were figured out, everyone went into the day with an open mind and the interesting course proved to be spectacular and the athletes put on their best performances until the higher-up finish line before changing skis and freeskiing down to the original finish area.
In this unusual Super-g day, Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal laid down the fastest time with 1:30:72. Despite two wins and three additional podiums in downhill, it's his first Top three finish in the Super-g this season. After 2016 and 2013, Svindal will collect his third "Goldene Gams" for as many wins on the Streif in Kitzbuehel.
Kjetil Jansrud, who already celebrated a win in Lake Louise and a second place in Beaver Creek in the Super-g this season, finished +0.50 behind his teammate. With this, he added to his lead in the discipline standings.
Downhill Olympic champion Matthias Mayer was not far behind, ranking third with +0.56. On year after his win in the Super-g in Kitzbuehel, he claimed his fourth podium at this race and his fourth podium this season.

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