Jansrud wins in Meribel and takes Globe
Kjetil Jansrud gave it his all after feeling that the serious face of his coach had meant that his nearest challenger for the Downhill Globe had gone fast. Jansrud put in an immense performance that saw him win his second Globe of the season ahead of the retiring Didier Defago with Georg Streitberger taking third place.
The HEAD World Cup Rebels had been firing on all cylinders in training with Guillermo Fayed posting the second fastest time in training. Yet when the chips were down, it was the man chasing the Globe who came up trumps to win his fourth Downhill of the season – Kjetil Jansrud.
After the race Jansrud explained: “Today was certainly one of the races this season with the most pressure. We have heard at the start, that it is very soft – that fits my style very well. Therefore, it might look easy when you watched – but in my head it was hard.”
“It’s pretty amazing, this was the first race this season where I was feeling little bit of pressure but it’s an amazing feeling pulling it off,” said Jansrud after the victory. “Getting the globe and winning the race is a pretty amazing and I’m just enjoying the moment.”
“The crystal ball for the downhill World Cup means a lot to me,” beamed Jansrud, “this is the confirmation that you are strong and constant all season long”. Jansrud is now in the race for the Overall World Cup only 64 points behind Marcel Hirscher. “If I have a very good giant slalom result there is perhaps something in it, “said the Norwegian.
With Georg Streitberger taking third in the race, Guillermo Fayed placed fifth to take third in the Downhill standings.
The race belonged to Kjetil Jansrud. With the win came the Globe and he edges closer to Hirscher in the race for the Overall. “When it comes to the overall I think if I win tomorrow Marcel can still win. It’s in his control in the giant slalom and slalom so you know for me the overall is not decided and I’m going to fight to the end. But I also think it’s not very sportsmanlike for me to wish him to fail so I can win,” said Jansrud. “So for me I am going to focus on tomorrow and ski as fast as I can and we will see what happens … I don’t want to speculate too much over the overall, I will just take it one day at a time.”
1. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD – Downhill Champion 2015
2. Didier Defago
3. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
5. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
9. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
11. Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD
14= Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
14= Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD