He may have had home hill advantage but Kjetil Jansrud still needed to master the tricky conditions down the Olympiabakken slope to win his second race of the weekend. Jansrud felt that he had had a bit of luck with his run to take his third career World Cup win, all at Kvitfjell.
Starting at the same place that the second Downhill had started, the course gave the racers plenty to think about. Snow conditions and tight turns combined to create a real challenge for the racers.
Andrew Weibrecht, fresh from winning the silver in the Olympic Super G was the early pace setter but the HEAD World Cup Rebel had his time bettered soon: “It was difficult. The track was slow in a lot of places, then down bottom it sped up a lot and it was pretty dark and bumpy once you got out of the trees,” he explained.
After Patrick Kueng had taken a grip of the lead, Matthias Mayer pushed him close to step on to the podium and then Aksel Lund Svindal tore into third to further extend his lead in the Overall. The race was not over just yet as going 21 was the Olympic Super G Champion, Kjetil Jansrud.
Jansrud pushed it to the limit at the top to create a big buffer between him and Kueng. Through the tricky turns at the midway section of the course, Jansrud held firm and then posted a faster speed in the run in to the finish than Kueng to take the win. “It was very tough today, I felt good on start but heard Aksel’s split times and he was fast on top but lost a lot of time at the bottom,” Jansrud explained.
“After Aksel’s run, coaches told me to watch out in bottom part because if I wanted to take this home I would have to ski fast there. In the end I tried to mix attacking and being smart and I had a good run. It’s insane how in skiing so many skiers fight for victory all the time and to be able to grab two out of three here is just extraordinary,” he continued.
Mayer held on to third and explained: "It was another very difficult race. This run was brutal, it was soft, visibility poor, the course setting difficult for me but it was still a cool race. “Overall it’s a good weekend for me, after skiing out on Friday yesterday and today turned out to be pretty perfect,” Mayer said.
Despite not scoring a top three result, what he had set out to do, Svindal has secured the Super G Globe with one race to go and also has a lead in the Overall standings with six races to go.
1. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
2. Patrick Kueng (SUI)
3. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
4. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
7. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) HEAD
12. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
17. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
19. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
22= Ben Thomsen (CAN) HEAD
22= Mattia Casse (ITA) HEAD
30. Alexander Glebov (RUS) HEAD