Johan Clarey from France will open today’s Super-G starting at 12:15 pm on the Saslong. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) who is currently leading the World Cup in this discipline is starting with bib 17, his fellow country man Kjetil Jansrud who clocked the best time at tomorrow’s training is starting with bib 19. The first Italian to start is Christof Innerhofer (bib 10).
This World Cup season’s third Super-G is scheduled for tomorrow here, in Gardena/Gröden. The first two races were won by Aksel Lund Svindal and Matteo Marsaglia in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek, respectively. Svindal also captured another silver medal.This Norwegian who is leading the World Cup Super-G to date this year has already left an impression in the Downhill training performance over the last two days. He is definitely in the running to win here tomorrow along with his country man Kjetil Jansrud who clocked today’s fastest time at the second Downhill training run and who also has last year’s Super-G gold to his title. Given both Beat Feuz (SUI) and Bode Miller (USA) are out for injury, Jansrud is effectively the defending champion.
The Italian team also made a great start in this discipline this season. Along with Marsaglia’s victory, Werner Heel placed fifth in two races. He will be starting with bib 12 tomorrow forming the closing part to an Italian trio which includes Matteo Marsaglia (11) and Christof Innerhofer (10).
Everything is set for tomorrow’s Super-G and preparations have run high for Saturday’s classic Downhill on the Saslong. The forecast is expecting snow for Friday night. The Jury has therefore tried to evaluate different options working closely with the Organizing Committee. If the weather is playing along, the start will be from the usual spot starting at 12:15 pm. However, if that is not the case, the start will be moved to where the Super-G starts. If this is still not an option, the thought is to split the Downhill into two runs with start at the “Wall” section of the track. In this case, the first run will start at 12:15 pm and the second no later than 2:45 pm. Only the first run’s 30 fastest racers will start. As is the case in Slalom and Giant Slalom, the racers will start with the slowest first, so the 30th rank will start as the first racer in the second run. The course workers are already planning to be ready for action starting at 5:30 am to have enough time to move the fresh snow off the main track.
Super-G: the full Start List:
|3||DE TESSIERES Gauthier||FRA|
|17||SVINDAL Aksel Lund||NOR|
|27||MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas||FRA|
|57||DE LA CUESTA Paul||SPA|
|60||VAN HEEK Marvin||NED|