Norway’s Jansrud wins Val Gardena super-G

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VAL GARDENA

Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won the World Cup super-G at Val Gardena in Italy on Friday, ahead of compatriot Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and the Canadian Erik Guay.
It could have been another podium sweep for the “Attacking Vikings” but Svindal wasted a fast start to his run with two major mistakes, ultimately skiing through a gate and not finishing. “Team Norway likes Val Gardena,” Kilde said. “Unfortunately we didn’t get Aksel with us this time but he’ll for sure be back. It’s always fun to ski the Saslong and the snow is always good.”
When Jansrud crossed the finish line and came to a stop he pointed toward Kilde in the leader’s spot.
“Everything flows pretty well for us these days,” Jansrud said.
Jansrud clocked 1 minute, 31.99 seconds down the Saslong course, finishing 0.06 seconds ahead of Kilde and 0.13 in front of Canadian veteran Erik Guay.
Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer of Austria finished fourth, 0.48 behind, as he returned to the site of a horrific crash a year ago which ended his season.
Olympic combined champion Sandro Viletta was airlifted off the course by helicopter to a local hospital after crashing and sliding into the safety netting backward. It wasn’t immediately clear what type of injuries the Swiss racer had.
Jansrud has now won all three speed races this season. He swept a super-G and downhill in Val d’Isere, France, earlier this month. “It’s humbling to be able to pull it off,” Jansrud said.—AFP

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