Norwegian Jansrud wins World Cup super G
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KVITFJELL, Norway – Kjetil Jansrud won the men’s World Cup super G race on the Olympic course Sunday.
The Norwegian skier finished in 1 minute, 34.02 seconds. His compatriot Aksel Lund Svindal was second, 0.21 behind, with Beat Feuz of Switzerland in third, 0.26 behind the winner.
“A double-win for Norway, it’s not every day that you see that,” Svindal said. “And usually it’s two Norwegians in the starting field.”
It was a first World Cup win for Jansrud, who was beaten by the smallest of margins two days in a row.
“It’s a lot of emotions right now,” said Jansrud, who has nine career podium finishes. “What can I say? I think I skied as well as I can, I don’t know how I could have skied any better.
“For now, I just want to enjoy this. I have no idea when the last time two Norwegians were in the top. This has been lacking, it’s definitely special to be two up there.”
In Saturday’s downhill, Jansrud and Svindal both made the podium, with Svindal taking third place.
Jansrud, who has been battling a back injury, said he intended to race in next weekend’s giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
With his second-place finish, Svindal extended his lead in the super G standings over Switzerland’s Didier Cuche, who finished sixth. Svindal leads Cuche by 42 points with one race remaining at the World Cup finals in Schladming, Austria.
“It’s looking good, but it isn’t over. I will have to make sure to ski well in the next (super G) race,” Svindal said.
In the overall World Cup standings, Feuz climbed to 1,250 points with the third-place finish, extending his lead over second-placed Marcel Hirscher to 115 points. The Austrian technical specialist did not take part in the super G.
Croatian Ivica Kostelic, also not racing here as he recovers from a knee injury, is third, 207 points behind Feuz.
Svindal, fourth with 999 points, said he does not think he can challenge for the overall title.
“Feuz and Hirscher are too far ahead already, I think,” he said.
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