Four times is how often Erik Guay was on the podium in Val Gardena/GrĂ¶den, but never had he won. Which explains his excitement with todayâ€™s gold. â€śThis is clearly a very special win for me. I already skied well here last year but then Nyman and Perko took my gold.â€ťÂ Hear what else the racers had to say about todayâ€™s race on the Saslong.
Erik Guay: Things can change in a heart beat on the Saslong
â€śIt is a sweet victory. There is a little hesitation because I knew that in Gardena, things can change in a heart beat. But at the moment I know that I skied very well, took the chances where it was necessary. Last year I was also pleased with my race and then, not to take away from Nyman and Perko, they came and grabbed my gold. I donâ€™t spent too much time thinking about that race because often enough I was on the other side of the 1/100 secs game. You learn to take it when it goes your way and forget it when it doesnâ€™t.â€ť
Jansrud: Very pleased with the recovery
"I was not sure that the result would hold up when I finished. I tried to ski well at the top, was very charged up but did also have the impression that I was a little defensive going into the Ciaslat and when I came through the finish I saw the green light and was thrilled. Letâ€™s hope that result stays like this. Iâ€™m very pleased with the progress given the injury and recovery. Not exactly a relief but good to see that it is paying off. Letâ€™s hope it keeps up. The Canada-Norway partnership is impressive, we are doing the right thing and it is a confirmation that our training and spirit is in the right place and that we are doing the right thing. It was NOR-CAN yesterday, and today it is the other way around. Obviously, I would have been happier if I had been 13/100 secs faster."
Clarey: Overall a very tough race
Not always fast, but even if youâ€™re fast itâ€™s not always a good result in the end. I had a podium five years ago, so this is always a good place for me. Pretty tough race, one of the toughest races Val Gardena Iâ€™ve ever done. Very long jumps, very tough sections. Overall a very tough year here.
Aksel Lund Svindal: I made a few mistakes at the Ciaslat entry.
â€śI made a few mistakes at the Ciaslat entry. But conditions in Val Gardena/GrĂ¶den are always mixed and one has to be lucky. This is why itâ€™s so difficult to win the Downhill. I am thrilled for Erik and that no skier with a high bib number came in to steal the show. A surprise like that might be fun, but it doesnâ€™t seem fair.â€ť
Bode Miller: When you take off, itâ€™s very far
The Camel Humps are really big. When you take off, itâ€™s very far, further than from where we stand here at the Finish to the Tunnel half-way up the Final Schuss. It doesnâ€™t look that far on the TV, but when you take off, itâ€™s very far.
Heel: I am one of the best
â€śI was a little upset at myself yesterday, because of my dumb mistakes and because I wasnâ€™t totally concentrated going into the race. But today I am pleased. I am one of the best skiers and that boosts my confidence for the next race. I want to ski Bormio as well as I know I can. I managed to do just that in a few of the sections in todayâ€™s race. â€ś
Peter Fill: Great up on top, but then I didnâ€™t quite find the rhythm.
â€śI am very pleased. I skied well at the top, but then didnâ€™t quite find the right rhythm in the middle and lower part of the course. Overall, I am pleased because this isnâ€™t exactly my type of course and my lag was limited. This makes me confident for the rest of the season.â€ť