Jansrud dominates in Korea
“I’ve got a knack for that this season,” said Jansrud referring to taking another first. “I pulled off the parallel in giant slalom, which was the first, so it’s been a season for firsts, I guess, but I’m happy to be back winning for sure.”
The race could not have been set in more ideal conditions – bluebird sky and perfect snow and this helped the HEAD World Cup Rebels fill the top ten with Beat Feuz in fifth, Adrien Theaux in eighth and Guillermo Fayed in tenth. Ralph Weber continued his improved form with thirteenth from a start number of 33.
This was the defending Downhill World Cup Champion’s first win of the season and the sixth World Cup Downhill win of his career. With the Olympic Games two years away, this bodes well for the future as the HEAD World Cup Rebels look to follow up Matthias Mayer’s win in Sochi in 2014.
Feuz was just eight hundredths off making his third podium since returning from injury. He was not too upset with his result explaining that he felt he had lost time at “The left-hander after the second jump I have not caught perfectly,” said Feuz. Having taken the bronze medal at the World Championships last year by three hundredths from Nyman, Feuz felt this was poetic justice!
Jansrud put in an almost flawless run that saw him post the fastest times at all the splits. Like last year, Jansrud is revelling in being the ‘hunted’ again. Jansrud is now up to third in the Downhill standings, that are still lead by another HEAD World Cup Rebel, the injured Aksel Lund Svindal.
While some racers complained that the course was a little slow, the way that Jansrud mastered the hill gives the rest of the field more to think about. With ten HEAD World Cup Rebels in the top thirty, Jeongseon has been a happy hunting ground for the team.
1. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
2. Dominik Paris
3. Stephen Nyman
5. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
8. Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD
10. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
13. Ralph Weber (SUI) HEAD
15. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
16. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) HEAD
25. Emanuele Buzzi (ITA) HEAD
26. Blaise Giezendanner (FRA) HEAD
28. Erik Guay (CAN) HEAD