Jansrud and Ligety podium in Super Combined
The HEAD World Cup Rebels continued their impressive medal haul with silver for Kjetil Jansrud and a bronze for the defending Champion, Ted Ligety. Jansrud led after the downhill section and came within a whisker of keeping the lead despite, he admitted himself, not being a slalom skier. Marcel Hirscher took the gold.
Jansrud has had a frustrating time in Vail Beaver Creek after coming into the Championships as the favourite in the speed events and then events conspiring against him. “It was a special day for me considering coming into the speed races and not getting anything in return,” Jansrud said. “I don’t know where that slalom run came from, I’m not training any slalom these days, I knew I had a big lead going into the slalom and I knew there was a slim chance of getting a medal if I had a really good run.”
Jansrud had lead out of the start gate in the slalom section and held the lead at all the split times but Hirscher benefitted from going number 1 and on a clean track against Jansrud going last on the rutted course.
Ted Ligety very nearly defended the title won in Schladming two years ago. Going second in the slalom, Ligety put down one of his best slalom runs of the season. “Any medal is a good medal,” said Ligety after the race “I’m really surprised to be on the podium after my downhill run. I just went out and skied with reckless abandon in the slalom. It’s a pretty bizarre race that I made podium after finishing 29th in the downhill.”
After the Downhill section of the race, the HEAD World Cup Rebels were in a dominant position as Jansrud lead, Beat Feuz second, Jared Goldberg third with Matthias Mayer in fifth and Andrew Weibrecht in eighth. After a disqualification for Ondrej Bank (he straddled a gate at high speed) elevated Hirscher into starting number 1 in the slalom, the speed rebels had their work cut out.
Alexis Pinturault started the slalom section with great hopes of a first World Championship medal but ended up in fifth spot overall. Like Ligety, Pinturault had to deal with the aftermath of the crash of Bank: “It’s never easy to manage the wait when you know that there is a crash down, but that’s part of the descent,” he explained.
The HEAD World Cup Rebels have now won eight medals from the five races. Next up is the Women’s Super Combined.
World Champion: Marcel Hirscher
Silver Medal: Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
Bronze Medal: Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
5. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) HEAD
11. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
14. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
15. Silvan Zurbriggan (SUI) HEAD
22. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) HEAD
29. Jared Goldberg (USA) HEAD