Svindal podium streak continues in Val Gardena SG


We’re now half way through the men’s World Cup super G season and Aksel Lund Svindal doesn’t have a finish worse than second.

The powerful Viking took control of the Val Gardena super G with a dazzling combination of skill and daring, gaining speed even while recovering from errors for a huge 1.07 margin, pushing the home standing Italians off the top step of the podium in no uncertain fashion.

He also pushed Norway’s greatest all-time skier, Kjetil Andre Aamodt off the top of his country’s super G win list.

“On the top part, I charged hard and I didn’t make mistakes, so I was 30 seconds ahead, so that’s where I laid the base for winning the race, I guess,” said Svindal. “You had to ski aggressively and that’s exactly what I did.”

That, however, wasn’t that easy a task.

Val Gardena is a dark race in the best of conditions, and today (Dec. 14) the conditions included an incoming snow storm and fog that made the many bumps all but invisible for the 66 men that contested her flanks.

Matteo Marsaglia finished second – he won the Beaver Creek SG – with a well crafted run that approached perfection and in third was local hero Werner Heel who displayed bravery with his aggressive approach. Svindal combined the best parts of both of their runs.

Marsaglia said he had been confident he could win at Beaver Creek, but was less so on this hill. “I am truly surprised by my own performance today. I knew I could win in Beaver Creek but I was less convinced of it here today. Let’s say it is a nice surprise for me. …
Svindal is in a class by himself.”

That last statement is born out by the times. Svindal’s margin was 1.07. The next 20 finishers finished within a second of second place.

Svindal teammate Kjetil Jansrud posted fourth and Frenchman Adrien Theaux fifth. The Austrians were kept from claiming a men’s speed win for the fifth straight race being led by Matthias Mayer in sixth and Klaus Kroell in seventh. The Swiss fared even worse, their best finisher Silvan Zurbriggen in a tie for 14th.

Canadians led the North American charge with Jan Hudec 12th and Erik Guay 14th, though perhaps the best Canadian run of the day came from Manuel Osborne-Paradis scoring 18th from the 52nd start.

There were signs of hope for a US group fighting to gain the start numbers they need to be competitive. Travis Ganong started 58th and finished 24th, a placing better than eight starting Ted Ligety. Thomas Biesemeyer posted 27th wearing bib 35 and Steven Nyman finished 29th with bib 59. Andrew Weibrecht, the first American out of the start, finished in a tie for 30th and the last point available.

“I’ve had great speed in training all summer long, so I approached it like another training run, just be relaxed, not think about it, just look ahead and react. just tried to go for it as hard as I could,” said Ganong, who was looking ahead to the downhill where he’ll start much closer to the first group. “It’s hard from that far back. You need a strong strong run to punch it in there.” -hm

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee
Men’s World Cup super G, Val Gardena, Italy, Dec. 14, 2012
Equipment

skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
2 Marsaglia, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
3 Heel, Head/Head/Head
4 Jansrud, Head/Head/Head
5 Theaux, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
6 Mayer, Head/Head/Head
7 Kroell, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
8 Clarey, Head/Head/Head
9 Puchner, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
10 Innerhofer, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

Men’s World Cup super G, Val Gardena, Italy, Dec. 14, 2012. … It is the 12th of 73 races on the 2012-13 World Cup schedule. … the tenth of 40 on the men’s calendar. … the third of six scheduled super G’s. … It is the 73rd Cup race hosted, at least in part, at Val Gardena. … the 12th super G, all mens races.

It is the 19th career World Cup win for Aksel Lund Svindal moving him past Lasse Kjus into second place on the all time Norwegian win list. … He trails Kjetil Andre Aamodt’s 21 wins. … It is his eighth super G win, moving him ahead of Aamodt to first among Norwegian racers. … It is his second win at Val Gardena having also captured the SG Dec. 18, 2009. … It is his third win and fifth podium of the season all coming in either DH or SG.

It is the second career Cup podium for Matteo Marsaglia, the previous coming at Beaver Creek 13 days earlier. … his previous best at Val Gardena was 23rd in super G last December.

It is the eighth career Cup podium placing for Werner Heel, his first since finishing third in the Kitzbuehel downhill Jan. 23, 2010. … It is the first time Italians have had two skiers on the same Cup podium since Jan. 6, 2010 in a slalom at Zagreb (Giuliano Razzoli first, Manfred Moelgg second).

It is the third best of four scoring results at Val Gardena for Jan Hudec. … The 13th best of 15 Val Gardena scores for Erik Guay. … It is the tenth best of 12 Val Gardena results for Manuel Osborne-Paradis. … It is the second best career SG result for Travis Ganong. … The 15th best of 17 for Ted Ligety. … It is the second best of four career scoring results for Thomas Biesemeyer, all coming in SG. … and three coming this season. … It is the 12th Cup SG score for Steven Nyman. … the 13th for Andrew Weibrecht.

Svindal leads the World Cup overall standings 540-408 over Ligety (25th in race). … Marcel Hirscher (did not race) is third overall with 380. … Guay is the top Canadian in 19th with 122pts. … Svindal leads the super G standings 280-209 for Marsaglia. … Heel is third with 150pts. … Ligety is top US skier in sixth with 106 and Guay the top Canadian in 11th with 66pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 1774-1312 for Italy. … Norway is third with 882pts. … The US is fifth with 612 and Canada eighth with 288pts.

Val Gardena-Groeden (ITA)
FIS World Cup
Men’s Super G
Dec. 14, 2012

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  17  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:36.95  0.00
 2  11  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   1:38.02  11.59
 3  12  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:38.07  12.13
 4  19  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:38.13  12.78
 5  18  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:38.23  13.86
 6  13  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:38.43  16.03
 7  21  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:38.48  16.57
 8  1  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA   1:38.65  18.41
 9  22  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:38.67  18.63
 10  10  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:38.78  19.82
 11  20  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:38.82  20.25
 12  16  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   1:38.87  20.79
 13  48  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:38.88  20.90
 14  14  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:38.91  21.23
 14  2  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:38.91  21.23
 16  40  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   1:38.93  21.44
 17  28  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   1:38.94  21.55
 18  52  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel  1984  CAN   1:38.96  21.77
 19  26  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   1:38.97  21.88
 20  15  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:38.99  22.09
 21  9  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   1:39.13  23.61
 22  45  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   1:39.23  24.69
 23  31  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:39.25  24.91
 24  58  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:39.30  25.45
 25  8  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:39.34  25.88
 26  27  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   1:39.53  27.94
 27  42  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   1:39.64  29.13
 27  35  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA   1:39.64  29.13
 29  59  533866 NYMAN Steven  1982  USA   1:39.66  29.35
 30  41  200379 SANDER Andreas  1989  GER   1:39.71  29.89
 30  5  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   1:39.71  29.89
 32  38  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:39.72  30.00
 33  25  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:39.85  31.41
 34  29  102873 KUCERA John  1984  CAN   1:39.90  31.95
 35  30  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:39.93  32.27
 36  32  51332 SCHEIBER Florian  1987  AUT  n="right"> 1:40.05  33.57
 37  34  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   1:40.18  34.98
 38  43  293141 VARETTONI Silvano  1984  ITA   1:40.20  35.20
 38  33  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar  1991  AUT   1:40.20  35.20
 40  39  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:40.21  35.31
 41  56  192932 FAYED Guillermo  1985  FRA   1:40.22  35.42
 42  49  511142 LUEOEND Vitus  1984  SUI   1:40.33  36.61
 43  61  202290 ACKERMANN Marvin  1991  GER   1:40.34  36.71
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 54  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:40.35  36.82
 45  23  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   1:40.43  37.69
 46  51  560332 JERMAN Andrej  1978  SLO   1:40.50  38.45
 47  44  481705 GLEBOV Alexander  1983  RUS&nb
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 1:40.51  38.56
 47  3  191746 DE TESSIERES Gauthier  1981  FRA   1:40.51  38.56
 49  4  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:40.52  38.66
 50  37  193034 BOUILLOT Alexandre  1985  FRA   1:40.55  38.99
 51  47  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic  1991  AUT   1:40.56  39.10
 52  55  194190 ROGER Brice  1990  FRA   1:40.61  39.64
 53  63  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI   1:40.62  39.75
 54  60  400281 VAN HEEK Marvin  1991  NED   1:40.95  43.32
 55  50  202125 ZEPNIK Philipp  1988  GER   1:41.00  43.86
 56  36  100558 COOK Dustin  1989  CAN   1:41.10  44.95
 57  57  491151 DE LA CUESTA Paul  1988  SPA   1:41.18  45.81
 58  6  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   1:41.20  46.03
 59  46  191778 PICHOT Sebastien  1981  FRA   1:41.27  46.79
 60  64  501324 OLSSON Matts  1988  SWE   1:41.68  51.23
 61  53  294904 PANGRAZZI Paolo  1988  ITA   1:41.89  53.50
 62  62 yle="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 9px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, Swiss, SunSans-Regular; background-color: #f0f0f0; text-align: right; vertical-align: bottom; padding-right: 7px;" align="right"> 910004 DEFLORIAN Mirko  1980  MDA   1:42.17  56.53
 63  66  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri  1991  BLR   1:42.21  56.97
 64  65  670058 KOSHKIN Dmitriy  1986  KAZ   1:43.99  76.25
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   24  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI     
   7  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI 

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