HEAD’s Vikings pack the podium spots in Beaver Creek
Aksel Lund Svindal added a second place to his win in Lake Louise and his fellow HEAD World Cup Rebel, Kjetil Jansrud joined him on the podium for the second Downhill of the season in Beaver Creek. Svindal, who had won the two previous World Cup Downhills, was going for a hat trick of wins yet was still pleased with his performance. Having won the final training run as well, Svindal is the man on top of the Men’s World Cup now after the second Men’s World Cup Downhill. Christof Innerhofer of Italy won the race.
After the race Svindal commented: “I was a little late on some points but it’s hard to call that a mistake as in the race you push hard and things like that can happen,” reflecting on his line through the Talon section where he had taken a super aggressive line. “I had to change my skiing a little half way down as I could tell I wasn’t carrying the speed I wanted, so on the lower section I tried to adapt. Today was about taking risks but also putting a good run the whole way down. It’s a second place for me here today and I am really happy about it.”
For the second time in history, Svindal was joined on the podium by Jansrud, who commented afterwards “I made minor changes to my setup and that seems to have worked – I think there are a few sections where I could have skied better but I am very happy. For me it’s a huge change from the training runs, and a good change! I didn’t expect t be on the podium in Downhill so soon so this is a great day for me. I was sure Aksel was going to win today but a few mistakes cost him too much time but with the two of us on the podium today I think it only confirms we have done good things this autumn and in the preparation period! Today is a great boost to my confidence for the Super G and Giant Slalom in the next days!”
The race started off in a great form for the HEAD racers as Guillermo Fayed took a commanding lead from start number 2 and then held the lead until HEAD new boy Georg Streitberger grabbed it. Fayed held on to take 12th spot. Johan Clarey made it four HEAD World Cup rebels in the top seven finishers just behind Streitberger in seventh spot.
1. Christof Innerhofer (ITA)
2. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
3. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
6. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
7. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
12. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
16=. Ben Thomsen (CAN) HEAD
21. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD