After two strong training performances earlier in the week, it was safe to say that Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud was the favorite heading into Saturday’s Olympic downhill test event. The Attacking Viking backed up his training dominance, winning the downhill in Jeongseon, South Korea, with a total time of 1:41.38 seconds. Italian Dominik Paris finished in second place, 0.20 seconds back, and American Downhiller Steve Nyman found the podium for the first time this season, finishing third, 0.41 seconds off of Jansrud’s pace.

The Jeongseon venue was shown to the world for the first time on Saturday, and the action did not disappoint. Fans at the slope in Korea as well as those watching on TV were treated to bluebird skies, great snow, and fast racing down the terrain-filled track. Spectacular jumps and sweeping turns provided for an exciting race, with Jansrud looking strong and just wild enough to pull off his third World Cup win of the season, also crowning him the first downhill winner ever in Korea in the process.

“I’ve got a knack for that this season. I pulled off the parallel in giant slalom, which was the first, so it’s been a season for firsts, I guess, but I’m happy to be back winning for sure,” Jansrud said.

Amazingly, Norway, with all of its winter sport successes, has never won an Olympic downhill gold medal. When asked if there is any pressure on him and his teammates to bring home Olympic downhill gold in 2018, Jansrud acknowledged that when the time comes, the pressure will be on. But for now, he’s happy to enjoy Saturday’s win.

“Not today, but probably in two years,” explained Jansrud. “There are so many medals in Norway for winter sports in general, but also in alpine skiing. There are a ton of hopes in the federation, but also with the people that we are grabbing the downhill gold soon.”

Paris looked to have set the time to beat running bib 17, but was barely able to catch his breath in the leader’s box before being unseated by Jansrud, who wore bib 18. Nevertheless, the big Italian was happy to make his first podium appearance of the season.

“Yeah, I’m very happy. First podium of the season,” Paris said. “It’s very special for me because I was not doing very well in the downhill, and then it’s very good for me. I like the hill, it’s pretty cool. It’s fun, it has a lot of jumps. Also, the snow preparation was very good. It’s a pretty good downhill.”

For Nyman, finally finding his way back to the podium this season after a few less than stellar results was just what he needed to carry momentum into the latter part of the season. Nyman also praised the course preparation and likened it to Beaver Creek, another venue where he has had success.

“It’s very responsive snow,” explained Nyman. It’s been very cold here and dry and the guy who prepped the hill, Tommy Johnson, he preps Beaver Creek, so it’s very similar and a lot of fun to ski on. The racecourse, there’s a lot of flow to it, it’s a lot of fun to ski. You have to be clever when you’re skiing. It’s not controlled by the gate, it’s controlled by the terrain. It makes it a joy to ski.”


Following Nyman in the top 30 for the Americans was new father Andrew Weibrecht in 16th, Marco Sullivan in 18th, and Travis Ganong in 22nd.

Apparently, Ganong reaggravated the bone bruise in his left knee from Kitzbuehel after a hard landing off of the second jump on course and was in pain for the remainder of his run, but was able to finish. The 2015 World Championship downhill silver medalist will get the injury reevaluated and determine the next steps for treatment and rehab.

Racing in Jeongseon continues Sunday with a super G scheduled to start at 12 noon local time, or 10 p.m. EST.


The Scoop
By Hank McKee

  1. Jansrud, Head/Head/Head
  2. Paris, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  3. Nyman, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  4. Fill, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  5. Feuz, Head/Head/Head
  6. Striedinger, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  7. Janka, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  8. Theaux, Head/Head/Head
  9. Baumann, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  10. Fayed, Head/Head/Head
  • Men’s World Cup downhill, Jeongseon, Korea, Jan. 6, 2016. … It is the official test run for the Olympic course. … It is the 26th race of the men’s 43 race World Cup schedule. … The eighth of 11 scheduled downhills. … It is the first World Cup downhill to be hosted by Korea. … Downhill standings leader Aksel Lund Svindal is injured and will not race. … His lead over Peter Fill is 121pts.
  • It is the 13th career World Cup win for Kjetil Jansrud. … His third win of the season in three different disciplines (parallel GS Alta Badia Dec. 21, combined Wengen Jan. 15 are the other two). … The winning margin is 0.20 of a second. … Top 14 finishers are within the same second. … Top 30 (all scoring skiers) within two seconds.
  • It is the 11th career World Cup podium for Dominik Paris. … His first podium of the season, his previous best a fourth in the Wengen DH.
  • It is the seventh career World Cup podium for Steven Nyman, all of them in downhill. … It is his first podium of the season and the 18th for the U.S. Ski Team.
  • It is the fifth best result of the season for Andrew Weibrecht. … It is the best result of the season for Marco Sullivan. … It is the 10th best result of the season for Travis Ganong. … The ninth best of the season for Erik Guay.
  • Marcel Hirscher (did not race) holds the lead of the World Cup overall standings 969-916 over Aksel Lund Svindal (did not race). … Henrik Kristoffersen (did not race) is third overall with 871pts.
  • Despite a season-ending injury, Svindal continues to control the downhill standings 436-365 over Peter Fill (fourth in race). … Jansrud sits third with 327pts.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  18  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:41.38  0.00
 2  17  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:41.58  +0.20  2.47
 3  14  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:41.79  +0.41  5.06
 4  20  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:41.85  +0.47  5.80
 5  21  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:41.87  +0.49  6.04
 6  7  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:41.90  +0.52  6.41
 7  8  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:41.96  +0.58  7.15
 8  16  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:42.04  +0.66  8.14
 9  9  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:42.16  +0.78  9.62
 10  19  192932 FAYED Guillermo 1985 FRA  1:42.18  +0.80  9.86
 11  30  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO  1:42.23  +0.85  10.48
 12  22  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:42.24  +0.86  10.60
 13  33  511981 WEBER Ralph 1993 SUI  1:42.27  +0.89  10.97
 14  3  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI  1:42.30  +0.92  11.34
 15  15  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  1:42.48  +1.10  13.56
 16  25  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:42.53  +1.15  14.18
 17  1  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  1:42.56  +1.18  14.55
 18  34  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  1:42.60  +1.22  15.04
 18  23  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  1:42.60  +1.22  15.04
 20  27  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:42.63  +1.25  15.41
 21  11  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:42.71  +1.33  16.40
 22  13  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:42.86  +1.48  18.25
 23  5  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  1:42.89  +1.51  18.62
 24  26  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:43.02  +1.64  20.22
 25  50  6290985 BUZZI Emanuele 1994 ITA  1:43.06  +1.68  20.71
 26  37  194298 GIEZENDANNER Blaise 1991 FRA  1:43.08  +1.70  20.96
 27  28  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:43.12  +1.74  21.45
 28  10  102263 GUAY Erik 1981 CAN  1:43.20  +1.82  22.44
 29  24  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:43.33  +1.95  24.04
 30  38  202535 DRESSEN Thomas 1993 GER  1:43.34  +1.96  24.17
 31  44  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  1:43.39  +2.01  24.78
 32  2  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:43.50  +2.12  26.14
 33  43  380292 ZRNCIC DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:43.63  +2.25  27.74
 34  36  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:43.66  +2.28  28.11
 35  45  202196 BRANDNER Klaus 1990 GER  1:43.73  +2.35  28.98
 35  4  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  1:43.73  +2.35  28.98
 37  31  560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO  1:43.75  +2.37  29.22
 38  32  53933 SCHWEIGER Patrick 1990 AUT  1:43.78  +2.40  29.59
 39  29  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:43.84  +2.46  30.33
 40  47  511847 MANI Nils 1992 SUI  1:43.88  +2.50  30.82
 41  6  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:43.89  +2.51  30.95
 42  46  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  1:44.08  +2.70  33.29
 43  41  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN  1:44.14  +2.76  34.03
 44  39  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey 1984 CAN  1:44.21  +2.83  34.89
 45  40  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  1:44.54  +3.16  38.96
 46  35  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:44.57  +3.19  39.33
 47  48  110324 VON APPEN Henrik 1994 CHI  1:44.68  +3.30  40.69
 48  49  511638 TUMLER Thomas 1989 SUI  1:44.79  +3.41  42.04
 49  52  303758 SUGAI Ryo 1991 JPN  1:45.39  +4.01  49.44
 50  53  370022 JENOT Olivier 1988 MON  1:46.84  +5.46  67.32
 51  54  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  1:47.85  +6.47  79.77
 52  42  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas 1989 USA  1:55.80  +14.42  177.80
Did not start 1st run
 51  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA
Did not finish 1st run
 12  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR
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