Aksel Lund Svindal lead Mathias Mayer and Georg Streitberger in a HEAD World Cup rebels 1 – 2 – 3 in the opening World Cup Super G for the Men. This was Svindal’s 22nd World Cup win and the sixth time that he has won at the Canadian resort, not to mention his fourth win in a row in the Super G World Cup.
“I knew that Georg was fast, I heard that on the start,” Svindal said when asked about his plan for the race. “I knew it was a fast course, especially on the “Coaches Corner” and “Fallaway” sections, people kept making mistakes there and I could have probably done a bit better there myself. But, what is important in Lake Louise is to carry the speed down, I was mainly focused on that and on being as compact as I could in the last section,” he added. It was this last section where Svindal excelled and pushed on for victory.
Streitberger used his early start to good advantage and despite having been held in the start as the course was re-flagged, Streitberger was smooth at the top and then through the critical section around Waterfall and onto Fishnet, despite a small mistake, he was fast. Although his Austrian compatriot, Mayer, going at 17, bettered his time, no one else was able to get close to the three racers.
“The course set was easy but it was difficult to attack and risk everything,” second ranked Mayer commented. “Still, my run was good, I skied particularly well in the steep section but maybe in the last gates I lost some time, that might have cost me a victory. But overall I am very happy with how it went today.”
“It was a good course for us downhillers, I like it when super-G is closer to downhill than a giant slalom,” his teammate Streitberger commented on the course set. “I think the course was fast but good to ski and I am satisfied with how I handled it. I only made one mistake at the last big turn but things like that can always happen. It’s my first podium in Lake Louise and that for me makes today a perfect day.”
A host of HEAD racers coming back from injury all made World Cup point scoring returns with Kjetil Jansrud 11th, Beat Feuz taking 14th, Bode Miller 23rd and Johan Clarey 30th just 1.90 seconds off the winners time set by Svindal.
With this win, Svindal moves into the early lead in the race for the Overall with Ted Ligety in third.
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
2. Mathias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
3. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
11. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
14. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
23. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
30. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD