Aksel Lund Svindal is currently setting the benchmark in both Super-G and Downhill. He claims the gold in the World Cup Super-G here in Gardena/Gröden distancing himself from the rest of the competition with a winning margin of over a second ahead of Matteo Marsaglia from Italy. Bronze goes to Werner Heel, another Italian. This confirms Heel’s return to meddling at the top.
Aksel Lund Svindal and Matteo Marsaglia have won the last two Super-Gs and are sharing the podium her in Gardena/Gröden as well. Svindal wins with a clear margin of over 1 second adding to his already impressive victories in all things speed this season: he claimed either gold or silver in all five races that have taken place to date.
Svindal skied a better line than anyone else in all sections despite a light snowfall. Most of the other competitors had difficulties either on the Camel Humps, Ciaslat or the Finish Schuss. Svindal’s excellent performance is also shown by how closely the following 16 racers are placed: Svindal clocked a margin of 1.07 seconds to Marsiglia while the Italian was less than a second faster than 20th ranked Benni Raich.
Werner Heel confirms his return to the top with a respectable bronze. Heel won the Super-G in Gardena in 2008 but has somewhat struggled over the last 18 months. That is until this season’s opening speed events where he placed 5th in the Super-Gs in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek. He further confirmed his strong return by skiing well in the last two training runs for tomorrow’s Donwhill as well as today’s impressive result. This podium place is his first in almost three years. He last won bronze in the Downhill in Kitzbühel in January 2010. The other Italian to place in the top 10 is Christof Innerhofer rounding out an impressive Italian team.
The Norwegian team also skied well. In addition to Svindal’s vicctory, Kjetil Jansrud placed 4th due to a big mistake on Ciaslat. Jansrud was fastest in yesterday’s training and won bronze in last year’s Super-G.
Both the Austrian and Swiss skiers didn’t do so well here on the Saslong: Despite Matthias Mayer (6.), Kröll (7.), Puchner (9.) und Reichelt (11.) placing in the top 11, the Austrian team did not land on the podium. The Swiss did even worse with Silvan Zurbriggen skiing the best result with place 13th.