Nobody beats Svindal

The Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal is unbeatable at the moment. He is celebrating his third Downhill gold this winter with a victory on the Saslong clocking a time of 1:54.80. Guillermo Fayed of France is second (+0.43 seconds) and Svindal’s fellow country man Kjetil Jansrud is third (+0.46). Local favorite Peter Fill missed the podium and ended on 4th (+0.72).

The 48th Saslong Classic met expectations of being a fast race in almost perfect conditions. Winner Aksel Lund Svindal impressed with a formidable run after leading both training runs and winning yesterday’s Super-G. This was his fourth win this season putting him in the lead of the Overall World Cup ahead of Austrian Marcel Hirscher by 77 points. 

Guillermo Fayed from France confirmed his strong performances in the Downhills of Beaver Creek (3rd) and Lake Louise (4th). The 30-year-old from Chamonix skied on to the podium for the fourth time in his career and is now second in the Downhill World Cup. Third-placed Kjetil Jansrud has not yet won this winter, but this is his third time on the podium (2nd in the Downhill in Beaver Creek, 2nd in the Super-G in Gröden). Fourth-placed Peter Fill from nearby Kastelruth in South Tyrol confirmed that he is in tip top shape after placing 2nd in the Downhill and 3rd in the Super-G, both in Lake Louise.

A shadow was cast over the race by the fall of Matthias Mayer from Austria who turned in a jump over the third Camel Hump suffering a bad thoracic contusion. His airbag most likely avoided a more serious injury. The race was interrupted for 15 minutes.