Reichelt, Jansrud say age no barrier for skiers after strong showings in Aspen
Chalk one up for the “old” guys.
Hannes Reichelt, 36, and Kjetil Jansrud, 31, said after their success in the men’s super-G race in Aspen on Thursday there is no reason to let age slow them down.
Reichelt of Austria won the race. Jansrud won his second season title in super-G in three years.
Reichelt shrugged off the significance afterward of winning as a senior member of the World Cup circuit.
“That’s data and they are not important to me,” he said. “I don’t feel old. I’m on the team with a lot of young guys and I’m really happy to work with them.”
Reichelt got off to a late start this season while recovering from injury, but he said seasoning and experience have helped him avoid even more serious injuries — and guided him to success.
“The thinking that the sport is for the younger guys, 20 to 25, that’s the wrong thinking,” Reichelt said. “In the downhill and super-G, it’s very important, the experience, to not get injured.
“So for me, speed events are good for old guys,” Reichelt said.
Jansrud also was asked about his age after the race and had a quick comeback, quipping that it was nice to see “dinosaurs like Reichelt” finding success.
Like Reichelt, he doesn’t see age as a barrier. The experience has helped his career, he said.
“I’d like to keep on doing this as long as I can,” Jansrud said. He said he will know when the times comes to retire.
“The day that you’re at home on your couch and you’re not at your training camp, then you’re in the wrong business,” he said. “It doesn’t come automatically. You have to work at it.”
Reichelt was glad he got a chance to race in Aspen before his career is over. The last men’s downhill was in 1995 and the last super-G was 1998.
“Here it’s a nice course or a nice slope. Hopefully we’ll come back here for the World Cup tour because it’s really fun here to race,” he said.
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