WENGEN, Switzerland – The song remained the same at the conclusion of the alpine combined Friday in Wengen, with the top three finishers after the morning downhill run all finding their way to the podium. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud took his second victory of the season clocking a total time of 2:37.61 seconds, nudging out his countryman Aksel Lund Svindal by only 0.04 seconds for the win. French downhill ace Adrien Theaux also hung on for a surprise third, 0.13 seconds behind.

For Jansrud, the victory is certainly a welcome one, as he hasn’t quite seen the form that led him to dominate the speed circuit last season in the absence of Svindal.

“You’re at the start and you try and push it. That’s what I did, you have to be aggressive going in, but I never know what to expect,” Jansrud explained in the finish. “I think I pulled off a pretty good run on the top and the middle section and suddenly I kicked off in the last third there and I felt like I wasn’t going to save it. But somehow I found my new outside ski and managed to fight my way to the bottom. That made me quite surprised when I came in and saw the green light, so that was a happy moment. It’s pretty sweet.”

Svindal led after the morning downhill run by a sizable margin of 0.72 seconds over Theaux, and 0.90 over Jansrud, but wasn’t quite able to hang on, with victory slipping through his fingers in the last few slalom gates.

“I had a big margin from the downhill and that’s definitely what secured the podium,” he admitted. “It was a bit of a bonus today, a double victory for Norway. We didn’t really expect that. Good times.”

Theaux, who rarely finds himself in slalom gates, was pleased with his performance and pointed to superb hill preparation as the key to his chance at a podium result.

“Some days are good, some days not, but today was OK in slalom,” Theaux said. “The slope was really good and the snow was perfect for us because when you are a downhiller and you start 29 or 30, sometimes the snow is not good. But today was very good so I’m very happy.”

The American contingent was led by Jared Goldberg who finished with strong 12th-place result after a commendable downhill run (ninth) and an equally impressive pass through the slalom gates.

“It was definitely solid, it was actually the second best I’ve done in combined,” said Goldberg, whose best World Cup result is 11th in the 2014 Kitzbuehel combined. “The hill was difficult, it was icy. I was charging and having some little mistakes but it was good to make some good slalom turns.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s downhill, the consensus among competitors is that Svindal will be the man to beat come race time, as he was also fastest in Thursday’s training run. Racers will keep their fingers crossed as weather is scheduled to roll in overnight, potentially altering current conditions and schedules.

“I had a really good run this morning, and I’ll try and make that maybe a little bit better tomorrow. But on race day, anything can happen,” Svindal said. “Hopefully I have a good race and can pull off a good run.”

“Every victory gives confidence, but I think Aksel took nine-tenths out of me today,” added Jansrud. “That’s too much. I need to spend some time now to go back and watch some video to try and see what he does. He’s the guy to beat tomorrow and the bar is set, we’ll just see.”

For the American Goldberg, taking what he learned in today’s downhill run into tomorrow’s race will be critical if he is to match his current World Cup downhill best, 12th in the 2014 edition of the Lauberhorn.

“I feel really good, today was a good training run for tomorrow,” he said. “I learned a lot today. The course is a little smoother in places, a little bit different than usual. I think I learned where I can go straighter and make up some time for tomorrow.”

The 86th edition of the Lauberhorn downhill is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 p.m. CET Saturday, with the slalom scheduled for Sunday.


The Scoop
By Hank McKee

  1. Jansrud, Head/Head/Head
  2. Svindal, Head/Head/Head
  3. Theaux, Head/Head/Head
  4. Mermillod Blondin, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  5. Paris, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  6. Gisin, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  7. Kosi, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  8. Baumann, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  9. Kriechmayr, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  10. Fill, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  • Men’s World Cup alpine combined, Wengen, Switzerland, Jan. 15, 2016. … It is the opening race of the 86th annual Lauberhorn, the oldest race series on the World Cup calendar. … It is the 17th race of 45 on the men’s World Cup schedule and the first of three scheduled combined races. … It is the 26th World Cup combined hosted at least in part at Wengen. … Swiss Carlo Janka is the defending champion. … Wengen is set to host the combined, a downhill (Jan. 16) and a slalom (Jan. 17).
  • Downhill leg winner Aksel Lund Svindal had a 0.72-second margin entering the slalom leg.
  • It is the 12th career World Cup win for Kjetil Jansrud … his first in combined. … His next best result at Wengen was fifth in DH last season. … It is his second win of the season, the other coming in a parallel GS at Alta Badia Dec. 21. … The winning margin is 0.04 of a second. … Top eight are within the same second. … Top 15 within two seconds.
  • It is the 64th career World Cup podium finish for Aksel Lund Svindal … his seventh in combined and his second at Wengen in combined. … It is his seventh podium of the season.
  • It is the 13th career World Cup podium for Adrien Theaux, his first in combined, though he has finished two World Cup combined races in fourth. … It is his second podium of the season, the first the win in DH at Santa Caterina Dec. 29. … Theaux’s previous best result in a Wengen combined was seventh in 2011.
  • Jared Goldberg matches his second best career finish and beats his finish in last season’s Wengen combined by three placings. … It is his second score of the season, the other in super G at Val Gardena Dec. 18. … It is the third career World Cup scoring result for Bryce Bennett, the other two coming in December (Dec. 4 Beaver Creek DH and Dec. 19 Val Gardena DH). … It is the first career World Cup scoring result for Broderick Thompson. … It is the first score of the season for 2011 World Cup overall champion Ivica Kostelic.
  • Marcel Hirscher (did not race) holds the lead of the World Cup overall standings 801-716 over Svindal. … Henrik Kristoffersen (did not race) is third with 571pts. … Ted Ligety (DNF SL) is ninth with 248pts.
  • Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 2533-2118 over Norway. … France is third with 1993pts. … The U.S. is fifth with 1067pts and Canada ninth with 273pts.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  21  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:49.00  48.61  2:37.61  0.00
 2  12  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  1:48.10  49.55  2:37.65  +0.04  0.29
 3  3  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:48.82  48.92  2:37.74  +0.13  0.95
 4  8  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA  1:49.74  48.15  2:37.89  +0.28  2.04
 5  7  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:49.44  48.66  2:38.10  +0.49  3.58
 6  34  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI  1:49.80  48.79  2:38.59  +0.98  7.15
 7  26  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:50.60  48.13  2:38.73  +1.12  8.17
 8  22  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:50.43  48.48  2:38.91  +1.30  9.49
 9  6  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:50.17  48.76  2:38.93  +1.32  9.63
 10  36  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:49.50  49.49  2:38.99  +1.38  10.07
 11  10  380292 ZRNCIC DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:50.67  48.54  2:39.21  +1.60  11.67
 12  1  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:49.91  49.33  2:39.24  +1.63  11.89
 13  19  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  1:50.63  48.66  2:39.29  +1.68  12.26
 14  54  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  1:50.35  49.01  2:39.36  +1.75  12.77
 15  23  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:49.46  50.09  2:39.55  +1.94  14.16
 16  11  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  1:51.28  48.60  2:39.88  +2.27  16.56
 17  29  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:50.81  49.14  2:39.95  +2.34  17.07
 18  30  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  1:50.04  50.19  2:40.23  +2.62  19.12
 19  2  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  1:51.09  49.18  2:40.27  +2.66  19.41
 20  28  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  1:51.25  49.48  2:40.73  +3.12  22.77
 21  24  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI  1:51.65  49.12  2:40.77  +3.16  23.06
 22  37  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:51.33  49.60  2:40.93  +3.32  24.22
 23  4  53933 SCHWEIGER Patrick 1990 AUT  1:50.77  50.26  2:41.03  +3.42  24.95
 24  18  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica 1979 CRO  1:51.79  49.31  2:41.10  +3.49  25.46
 25  46  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE  1:51.84  49.28  2:41.12  +3.51  25.61
 26  40  511847 MANI Nils 1992 SUI  1:50.96  50.19  2:41.15  +3.54  25.83
 27  9  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN  1:51.63  49.56  2:41.19  +3.58  26.12
 28  49  104096 THOMPSON Broderick 1994 CAN  1:51.54  49.87  2:41.41  +3.80  27.73
 29  27  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej 1988 POL  1:51.31  50.28  2:41.59  +3.98  29.04
 30  48  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:50.97  50.74  2:41.71  +4.10  29.92
 31  55  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:50.93  50.85  2:41.78  +4.17  30.43
 32  38  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:50.56  51.72  2:42.28  +4.67  34.07
 33  50  380341 ULLRICH Max 1994 CRO  1:52.51  49.86  2:42.37  +4.76  34.73
 34  42  561322 HADALIN Stefan 1995 SLO  1:54.02  48.48  2:42.50  +4.89  35.68
 35  35  511981 WEBER Ralph 1993 SUI  1:52.12  50.41  2:42.53  +4.92  35.90
 36  43  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA  1:52.75  50.41  2:43.16  +5.55  40.50
 37  47  103762 WERRY Tyler 1991 CAN  1:53.53  50.05  2:43.58  +5.97  43.56
 38  57  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  1:53.74  50.13  2:43.87  +6.26  45.68
 39  53  20324 OLIVERAS Marc 1991 AND  1:53.59  51.47  2:45.06  +7.45  54.36
 40  51  110324 VON APPEN Henrik 1994 CHI  1:52.86  52.69  2:45.55  +7.94  57.93
 41  56  430472 KLUSAK Michal 1990 POL  1:53.03  53.56  2:46.59  +8.98  65.52
 42  52  310426 VUKICEVIC Marko 1992 SRB  1:56.35  50.45  2:46.80  +9.19  67.05
 43  41  303758 SUGAI Ryo 1991 JPN  1:52.13  56.58  2:48.71  +11.10  80.99
 44  20  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  1:51.29  58.87  2:50.16  +12.55  91.57
Did not start 2nd run
 59  102263 GUAY Erik 1981 CAN
 58  560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO
 33  510997 BERTHOD Marc 1983 SUI
 31  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT
 17  150398 BANK Ondrej 1980 CZE
 14  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI
Did not start 1st run
 60  481514 BORODAYKIN Artem 1994 RUS
Did not finish 2nd run
 45  150743 BERNDT Ondrej 1988 CZE
 44  294904 PANGRAZZI Paolo 1988 ITA
 39  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO
 32  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS
 25  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA
 16  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI
 15  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA
 13  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR
 5  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA
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