Svindal attacks and beats the field into submission in Val Gardena
“I know that I am in good balance and this allows me to be able to take risks,” was how HEAD Word Cup Rebel Aksel Lund Svindal described the way that he was able to win his second World Cup Super G of the season. Despite two fairly large errors heading to the finish, Svindal secured the 19th win of his World Cup career. With Kjetil Jansrud taking 4th it was a good day for the team.
“I charged hard at the top and did not make mistakes,” explained Svindal who was almost half a second ahead after the first thirty seconds. It was this section that Svindal felt laid the grounds for the win. Svindal is looking in great form in the speed events; something that he feels is down to being more stable at high speed.
For Kjetil Jansrud, the day was one of mixed feelings: “I would be silly to say I was not happy but looking at the differences from second down to fourth, it is so close, it could have been double HEAD on the podium. It was a decent run but I had a few small mistakes that did not make me that confident. I am not happy but still happy,” explained Jansrud after finishing fourth in the race.
A delighted Matthias Mayer took sixth and Johan Clarey, first man down, was eighth as four HEAD racers placed in the first eight finishers.
Rainer Salzgeber, HEAD Race Manager, described Aksel Lund Svindal’s performance as “really impressive today. We knew that he was in really good shape and the change in the serviceman at the beginning of the year has worked really well.”
Salzgeber continued that Svindal “is a great guy for helping to develop the HEAD equipment. The good thing is that they are two really strong racers, him and Jansrud, and they always have the challenge in training and that helps for sure.”
While the plaudits came in from his opponents, Svindal put this win down to taking risks and because he is strong and skiing well, he knows he can get away with it: “if you push hard you make small mistakes, I would rather do that than have a really good speed than have a perfect run with no mistakes – it is all about the top speed and if its high you can allow yourself some mistakes.”
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
2. Matteo Marsaglia (ITA)
3. Werner Heel (ITA)
4. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
6. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
8. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
17. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
25. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD