Hailing from just north of Kvitfjell in Vinstra, Norway, hometown favorite Kjetil Jansrud notched another World Cup win on Sunday, taking the super G with a time of 1:32.72 seconds. Austria’s Vincent Kreichmayr finished in second, just 0.17 seconds behind and Italy’s Dominik Paris landed his second podium in as many days, finishing third, 0.32 seconds back.
In contrast to Saturday’s sunshine, overcast skies greeted the racers on Sunday in Kvitfjell with flat light making for some tricky conditions on course as racing got underway. Jansrud dominated the middle section of the course, building on his lead before losing some time heading into the finish where he crossed the line ahead of Kreichmayr, who had set an impressive pace just two racers earlier.
Kvitfjell is a special place for the Norwegian, as he grew up skiing on the slopes and calls it home when he’s not circling the globe on the World Cup tour. Sunday’s win is Jansrud’s fifth at the venue, having won the super G four times and the downhill once.
“A little frustrating yesterday, but still, it’s part of the game,” Jansrud explained. “I skied good yesterday, didn’t quite make it as fast as I wanted and today, for sure, it’s kind of the other way around. I felt like I skied just a decent run and no big mistakes, I didn’t really risk that much compared to the other guys who probably risked too much and had mistakes. I skied according to plan and it’s also good for confidence that you can win with such a run.”
“I don’t know if they expect it in Norway that I’m going to win Kvitfjell, but it kind of felt that way,” he added. “It’s good to deliver. It’s where I grew up. I feel like I have an advantage and obviously, if there’s a race I want to win, then definitely, I want to win here.”
Sunday’s result was Kreichmayr’s second podium appearance of the season and third of his career. He also earned his maiden podium at last season’s Kvitfjell super G, taking third. Bettering that performance by one place this year, the young Austrian now sits in third in the super G standing heading into finals.
“I like to come back to Kvitfjell, I really like this hill,” Kreichmayr said. “Two years ago, I had my first top 10 here and last year my first World Cup podium. It was my goal to be among the fastest racers in super G, but the globe was not a concrete goal. It’s going to be exciting in St. Moritz.”
It was Paris’ second podium of the weekend after winning yesterday’s downhill, and the big Italian hopes to carry this momentum into World Cup finals next week.
“I’m feeling much better,” said Paris. “I had to struggle in super G, so to finish the season in this way really makes me happy. I don’t think I can go for the globe, but it would be great to have another strong run at the finals. This slope suits me, I like it in Norway. I scored my first points in super G here, so I have good memories here.”
Jansrud’s compatriot, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, finished in fourth place at 0.47 seconds back but jumped into the lead in the super G standings. Kilde now sits 37 points clear of his nearest active competitor (Aksel Lund Svindal is now second at 25 points back) heading into the final super G of the season in St. Moritz.
Andrew Weibrecht led the way for the Americans in fifth, 0.68 seconds back. Travis Ganong was 14th and Steven Nyman was 17th. Weibrecht now sits in fifth in the super G standings and still has a mathematical chance at the globe.
“As far as the globe, that’s kind of out of my mind at this point,” Weibrecht explained. “I’m just trying to ski well. I hurt my back in Korea, so I’m just getting back to this point where I feel like I can charge again and make good moves. Today was a big step, just to be back in the top five. I had a tough couple of weeks, so I just want to continue on building from these races here and just finish it off nice.”
It was also Marco Sullivan’s final World Cup race, and although he finished outside of the points in 36th, his teammates gave him a hero’s welcome in the finish, dousing him in champagne. Donning the now famous American Downhiller jean jacket, Sullivan waved an American flag as he exited a World Cup finish corral for the last time.
“Marco is a guy that when I was first on the ski team, he was the guy we were all watching and paying attention to,” added Weibrecht. “He’s been a huge influence on my skiing, he’s been a huge mentor to me. It’s too bad to see him go, but it’s his time. We all wish him the best in what he’s going to do next and we’re sad to see him leave.”
The men’s tour now heads to St. Moritz, Switzerland, for World Cup finals. The men will race all events except for alpine combined, and crystal globes will be awarded to discipline and overall champions March 14-20.
by Hank McKee
1. Jansrud, Head/Head/Head
2. Kriechmayr, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
3. Paris, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
4. Kilde, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
5. Weibrecht, Head/Head/Head
6. Feuz, Head/Head/Head
7. Janka, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
8. Guay, Head/Head/Head
8. Fill, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
10. Sander, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
- Men’s World Cup super G, Kvitfjell, Norway, March 13, 2016. … It is the 40th of 45 races on the men’s schedule. … The seventh of eight scheduled super Gs. … It is the 61st World Cup race hosted by Kvitfjell. … The 24th super G. … Kjetil Jansrud is the defending champion and has won this race three times in the last four seasons.
- Four of the top five finishers are identical to last season with first, second and fifth matching. … It is the 14th career World Cup win for Kjetil Jansrud. … His sixth in super G and his fourth in super G at Kvitfjell. … The winning margin is 0.17 of a second. … Top 12 are within the same second. … Top 29 within two seconds. … It is his third win of the season but first in SG.
- It is the third career World Cup podium for Vincent Kriechmayr, all in SG. … It is the second straight season he has finished second to Jansrud in super G at Kvitfjell.
- It is the 15th career cup podium for Dominik Paris, his fourth in SG. … It is his fifth podium of the season, all coming since Feb. 6.
- Andrew Weibrecht matches his third best career finish and matches his previous best finish at Kvitfjell, also in SG, from last season. … It is the ninth best of 22 finsihed races at Kvitfjell for Erik Guay. … It is the sixth best career World Cup SG result for Travis Ganong. … Steven Nyman matches his fourth best career World Cup SG finish. … Manuel Osborne-Paradis matches his 17th best career World Cup SG result.
- Marcel Hirscher (did not race) leads the World Cup overall standings 1625-1272 over Henrik Kristoffersen (did not race). … Alexis Pinturault (did not race) is third with 1080. … Jansrud passes the absent Aksel Lund Svindal for fourth place.
- Kilde (fourth in race) leads the super G standings 335-310 over Svindal. … Kriechmayr is third with 298pts. … Weibrecht is fifth with 244pts and remains in contention for the crown.
- Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup standings 5275-5010 over France. … Norway is third with 4435pts. … The U.S. is seventh at 1974 and Canada ninth at 636pts.
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Total Time||Diff.||FIS Points|
|4||21||422139||KILDE Aleksander Aamodt||1992||NOR||1:33.18||+0.47||5.48|
|18||33||422310||SEJERSTED Adrian Smiseth||1994||NOR||1:33.95||+1.24||14.45|
|30||4||192504||MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas||1984||FRA||1:34.83||+2.12||24.70|
|38||46||110324||VON APPEN Henrik||1994||CHI||1:35.73||+3.02||35.18|
|Did not start 1st run|
|Did not finish 1st run|
|40||194542||GIRAUD MOINE Valentin||1992||FRA|