A busy week with Europacup, snow and preparations ended with two fantastic World Cup races in the weekend March 10th and 11th.
Aksel Lund Svindal takes the first Downhill Olympic Gold Medal ever for Norway, closely followed by Kjetil Jansrud. Photo from VG.
We welcome Bormio back on the WC Calendar with Downhill on December 28th and Alpine Combination on December 29th. Kjetil Jansrud gained 120 WC points by taking place three in the Downhill and in the Alpine Combined.
In the Canadian resort Lake Louise the alpine speed athletes gave us an exciting weekend November 25th and 26th as a start of the WC season 2017-18. Saturday Aksel Lund Svindal had his comeback again in the Downhill after another long injury period. And he impressed everybody with a new podium, only beaten by World Champion Beat Feuz (SUI) and Olympic Champion Matthias Mayer (AUT). Photo Scanpix, shows Kjetil Jansrud in the Super-G.
Fifteen years after clinching gold in the specialty at the Junior World Championships in February 2002 which qualified him for the World Cup Finals at Flachau-Zauchensee, Italy's Peter Fill finally enjoyed his maiden World Cup victory in Super-G at Kvifjell, beating some of the most established experts after a nearly flawless run.
The Downhill cancelled in Lake Louise was completed in good conditions in Kvitfjell on Friday February 24. The double Junior Champion from 2011, Bostian Kline, took his first World Cup victory, followed by Matthias Mayer and Kjetil Jansrud on the podium. That brings Kjetil Jansrud on the top of the World Cup Downhill list.
The Kitzbuhel weekend this season started in the best possible way with Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud winning double in the Super-G followed by Matthias Mayer (AUT). Photo Scanpix.
Aksel Lund Svindal wins the downhill in Val Gardena with Kjetil Jansrud 0.59 second and Max Franz (AUT) 0.85 second behind. This is Svindal's second downhill victory this season since his comeback. Photo shows Svindal being interviewed by Line Andersen from NRK TV.
On the FIS calendar for next season World Cup in Kvitfjell is 10.-11. March 2018. So we have something to look forward to.
Interview with Peter Fill
By Patrick Lang.
Ten years after Andrej Jerman celebrated the first ever Slovenian downhill victory on the men's World Cup tour at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, his younger colleague Bostjan Kline enjoyed his maiden triumph on the circuit at Kvitfjell, finishing ahead of some of the best speed specialists of the current season on the sunbathed 'Olympia Bakke Run' at Kvitfjell.
Kline, 26 in two weeks, beat by 19/100 of a second the reigning Olympic Champion Matthias Mayer while local hero Kjetil Jansrud came in 3rd in front of the new Super-G World Champion Erik Guay. Beat Feuz, who clinched gold at St Moritz in downhill two weeks ago came in 7th.
This time Bronze Medal for Kjetil Jansrud 18/100 second behind Gold medalist Matthias Mayer (AUT) and 5/100 behind Silver medalist Beat Feuz (SUI). Photo NTB/Scanpix.
The two greatest Downhill stars so far this season, Beat Feuz (SUI) and Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR), shared the podium with Matthias Mayer (AUT) after an exciting Downhill in Wengen. The lead alternated between Feuz and Svindal through the world's longest Downhill, and at the finish Svindal was 12/100 second behind Feuz.
Aksel Lund Svindal takes today, December 2nd 2017, his fourth Downhill victory in Beaver Creek. Yesterday Kjetil Jansrud came in second in the Super-G after Vincent Kriechmayer.
By Patrick S. Lang.
Five years after his maiden World Cup Super-G win on the 'Olympia-Bakke' run and twenty-four years after the first ever World Cup competition at Kvitfjell, Kjetil Jansrud celebrated quite a significant victory today in the Norwegian resort becoming the first skier from his team to dominate the rest of the field in a downhill starting from the top of the hill, beating by mere 8/100 of a second Italy's Peter Fill while the new World Champion from Switzerland, Beat Feuz, was a happy 3rd at 14/100.