Svindal leads a Rebel clean sweep of the podium & Lara Gut makes it two wins in two days
Despite having to wait in the start gate after Matthias Mayer suffered a heavy fall, Kjetil Jansrud kept his focus to take the lead. After his run Jansrud explained that he “had a good run, I was punched around a little. I came in and was happy that I was in front of Fill but I knew he had had a few mistakes. All in all I am happy today.”
Erik Guay came down the course and admitted that he felt this was “a real confidence boost of a result.” Guay had initially been third but was still delighted with fifth. A kiss for his skis showed his appreciation of the work that goes into the skis from the whole team. “I know that I still have more to come,” Guay declared.
Jansrud did not have to wait long for Svindal to come down and see how he would do. Svindal came down with grace, power and strength. The strength was needed when he was pushing it to the limit over a jump and had to force his body forward. “It was a good race today in perfect conditions,” explained Svindal, “and importantly no wind, the way we want to race. The course was getting faster and faster each day and with so many rollers and a couple more kilometres an hour, it is harder to stay in the line.”
While Svindal celebrated his lead, Guillermo Fayed left the start and attacked straight away. Agonisingly close to Svindal but for Jansrud, excruciatingly ahead of his time. This was three of the HEAD World Cup Rebels excitingly battling it out for the win, something that delighted Racing Manager, Rainer Salzgeber. “It is fantastic how the guys perform especially after that long break, it looks like Mayer is OK. It was tough especially for Kjetil standing there and only one forerunner. The racers showed that they focused on themselves and that they can do it.
While Svindal is paying little attention to the Globe situation, he leads the Downhill and Overall standings at the moment. Fayed and Jansrud are in second and third with Guay in seventh, Weibrecht eleventh and Theaux in fourteenth.
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
2. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
3. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
5. Erik Guay (CAN) HEAD
10. Josef Ferstl (GER) HEAD
11. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
17. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) HEAD
21. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
22. Mattia Casse (ITA) HEAD
25. Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD
27. Blaise Giesendanner (FRA) HEAD
Lara Gut makes it two wins in two days in Val d’Isere
Lara Gut made it career win number 15 just a day after celebrating win number 14. The HEAD World Cup Rebel skied hard and fast and pushed herself as she capitalised on a rare Lindsey Vonn crash. Fabienne Suter took second with Larissa Yurkiw taking third. Corinne Suter and Edit Miklos made it three HEAD World Cup Rebels in the top ten.
“I had to change just one turn where yesterday I had some troubles,” Gut explained, “So today I made it the way I wanted. I was pretty happy but then I was like, ‘OK, now stay focused until the finish.’ I was solid, I felt great. I knew that if I’m skiing the way I can, I can be fast. And I was really thinking to do that, so it’s cool,” said Gut.
Lindsey Vonn was the class act of the training runs and looked well on her way to posting the fastest time in the race, just as she had done in the Downhill section of the Combined race the day before when she caught the tip of her left ski as she powered through a turn mid way down. Vonn was launched up and off line before catching herself and skiing to a halt.
Corinne Suter followed up her impressive sixth place in the second Lake Louise Downhill by posting the fastest time in the finish before ending up in fifth place, a career to date best result. Suter posted the fastest top split!
Gut enjoys racing in Val d’Isere, it was where she won her first Downhill. This season she has now won in three separate events: Giant Slalom (Aspen), Alpine Combined and Downhill (both Val d’Isere). After the race she explained she feels at home in the French resort! “It helps me a lot if I’m feeling great in GS. If I’m fast in GS then I’m faster even in super G and downhill. I think the new skis are helping me a lot.”
Despite not finishing Vonn shares the lead of the Downhill standings with Lara Gut in fourth and Corinne Suter in sixth. Kajsa Kling and Ramona Siebenhofer are in a three way tie for ninth. Vonn leads Gut in the race for the Overall by two points.
1. Lara Gut (SUI) HEAD
2. Fabienne Suter
3. Larissa Yurkiw
5. Corinne Suter (SUI) HEAD
9. Edit Miklos (HUN) HEAD
13. Liz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
14. Ramona Siebenhofer (AUT) HEAD
18. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
19. Elena Curtoni (ITA) HEAD
25. Mirena Kueng (SUI) HEAD
26. Denise Feierabend (SUI) HEAD