Jansrud leads a clean sweep of the podium for HEAD
With the Downhill section having seen Svindal lead Theaux and Jansrud post the fastest three times of the run, this was something that brought Rainer Salzgeber satisfaction. The Downhill section started just above the Hundschopf jump yet with the Slalom taking place down the bottom of the Downhill track, this provided assistance to the speed skiers.
Jansrud is an accomplished slalom skier and while the three Rebels discussed how much slalom training they had done leading in to the race, he had the advantage of going first of the last three. he attacked and kept his advantage. Disaster almost struck in the run in to the finish but he kept fighting away and was rewarded with the lead.
“My plan was always to be aggressive across the flat section and that worked,” Jansrud explained. “It was a good feeling to see the green light after having made that mistake,” he added.
Despite going last of the top thirty racers, Svindal had a lead of almost a second on his HEAD World Cup Rebel teammate. After a super impressive downhill section, “I would have accepted the second place in the race had I been offered it before the race,” he explained afterwards.
“After the downhill race that I had and the big margin, it was definitely possible to win the race but Kjetil skied a brilliant slalom so he took it away,” continued Svindal.
In taking third place, Adrien Theaux is in a great run of form after winning the Santa Caterina Downhill, this was the first time that he has been on the podium in a Combined race. “My run in the downhill was good,” he explained “but I can do better as I made a mistake around Canadian Corner.” Theaux admitted he does not train slalom that much as it affects his back “but it is important to train slalom for the Combined but it is also good for me in the Downhill and Super G.”
After the early runners posted good times in the slalom, Salzgeber thought that his racers had a good chance of success: “The hill is quite easy but the snow is hard. If they can ski an easier hill, they can go fast. Kjetil showed this to an extreme.”
1. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
2. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
3. Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD
12. Jared Goldberg (USA) HEAD
13. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) HEAD
18. Mattia Casse (ITA) HEAD
27. Andreas Romar (FIN) HEAD