The Washington Post set its eyes on the Norwegian team: “Overall leader Svindal’s best challenger could be teammate Jansrud in Val Gardena speed races”, adding a quote from Svindal describing his efforts on the Saslong today: “This has never been my downhill but a lot of small things have come together”, adding: “I'm trying to be better at those downhills.
They're not that hard in a way, but you got to carry the speed all the time and stay in your tuck. They're more of a downhillers' downhill than a technical downhill and they haven't been my strength, but right now it's definitely looking better.” The article goes on citing Jansrud: “I felt like I've been becoming a better downhiller every year and it's always been a goal to turn into more of an all-around athlete, and I think I'm getting there”. Interestingly, the article describes how Svindal and Jansrud have been skiing together since they were kids. As for the bad weather forecast, Svindal is quoted: “Tough conditions I don't mind, unfair conditions are bad. A number of times we've skied the top flat here and it's been ridiculous head wind.”
Eurosport UK/Ireland reports that “Jansrud leads Svindal in second Val Gardena practice” also quoting one of Svindal’s tweets: “A good day for the two racers from team Norway @Val di Gardena”.