Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) going for the third time: The Super-G dominator of the last decade has once again confirmed his exceptional talent in this specialty by winning his third Super-G gold. The other victories were captured in 2009 and 2012. Jan Hudec (CAN; 58/100 secs) and Adrien Theaux (FRA; 91/100 secs) complete the podium. A little less stellar were the performances by the Italian team with the fastest Christof Innerhofer placing 9th.
The Super-G race has never been as selective: The Swiss Donwhill trainer has set a few tricky passages which lead to only 21 of the first 30 skiers finishing the race. Particularly difficult were the sections at the Campel Humps, the Ciaslat meadow and the gate in the Finish schuss. But there is one skier who was not affected by any of this: Aksel Lund Svindal mastered the race top to bottom and was fastest everywhere. Svindal is the first skier, to capture three Super-G golds in Val Gardena/Gröden. Furthermore, Svidal’s victory today marks the 100th Norwegian men’s World Cup race.
Jan Hudec placed second today. The Canadian did not jeopardize Svindal’s performance – 58/100 secs delay – but was fastest than the rest. French Adrien Theaux already clocked a delay of 91/100 secs compared to Svindal, all other skiers had a delay of over 1 second.
Kjetil Jansrud (NOR, 4th) and fastest of the second training run Erik Guay (CAN, 6th) confirmed that they belong to the strongest contenders for tomorrow’s Downhill race.
The Italian team was totally out of its league in today’s Super-G. Christof Innerhofer placed 9th, last year’s bronze Werner Heel came in 11th, Silvano Varettoni 22nd. Peter Fill, who has tremendously motivated to face his home course, was performing very well all through the course until he was faced with a tricky gate just meters before the Finish line. Same for Matteo Marsaglia, who won bronze here last year. He also didn’t finish, falling at the same spot where fellow team mate Dominik Paris fell during the Downhill training.
The Austrians didn’t place at the top but brought forward a respectable team result with three skiers in the top 10 (Baumann 5th, Streitberger 7th and Puchner 10th). Also Bode Miller confirmed his upwards trend by placing 8th.
Tomorrow continues with the Downhill in Val Gardena/Gröden. Follow us at www.saslong.org starting at 11:30 am live. First racer at 12:15 pm.