Jansrud ties down SG Globe with victory
HEAD World Cup Rebel Kjetil Jansrud tied down his first discipline Globe with victory in the last regular season Super G of the 2015 season. Jansrud put down a run that edged out early leader Vincent Kriechmayr with another HEAD World Cup Rebel in third, Dustin Cook. In a really strong day for the HEAD Super G team Andrew Weibrecht took fifth place.
Jansrud from the first race of the season has been immensely strong in Super G this year and he was delighted to have tied down one of the targets for the season. This was the fourth time that Jansrud has won in Kvitfjell, only Hermann Maier, another HEAD legend has won there more times (5).
The soft snow conditions saw a large number of racers not finish and Jansrud had heard from his coaches: “It means a lot to me. In the home race to attract and hold the ball, is simply beautiful. I also had problems – I have heard from the coaches that it is very soft and many runners make mistakes. I’m glad it went so well,” he explained after the race. Jansrud continued: “Victory and the crystal ball – which is quite large, “he beamed. “My first World Cup ball, of course, has a very special meaning.”
While all the plaudits went to Jansrud for his win that cut the gap for the Overall Title down to 52 points, Dustin Cook followed up his second at the World Championships with his first World Cup podium (and top ten result!)
Cook challenged for the lead against Kriechmayr all the way down before a small mistake of the Loften jump cost him the lead and he crossed the finish line just nine hundredths behind.
“I got a little lucky with the draw starting early,” said Cook. “I definitely was on the limit and maybe a little over the limit on the bottom here. That definitely cost me a lot of time. But I think it was good skiing. I’m super psyched obviously.”
Many racers commented after the race that the wind in the finish area had caused them issues but no one can deny Jansrud the win he richly deserved.
With regards to the race for the Overall, Jansrud commented: “it might get exciting. He (Hirscher) has no room for error and anything can happen. I’ll keep on fighting and we’ll see. I’ll concentrate on the downhill globe.”
1. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
2. Vincent Kriechmayr
3. Dustin Cook (CAN) HEAD
5. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) HEAD
14. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) HEAD
16. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
19. Mattia Casse (ITA) HEAD
21. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
23. Jared Goldberg (USA) HEAD
28. Bjoernar Neteland (NOR) HEAD