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Svindal smooth on bumpy Val Gardena course


Svindal gets air on the first training run (GEPA/Wolfgang Grebien)

Svindal gets air on the first training run (GEPA/Wolfgang Grebien)

VAL GARDENA/GROEDEN, Italy – After an intense weekend of tech races on the icy Face de Bellevarde in Val d’Isere, it’s time for the speed skiers to get back into racing mode. Teams packed up and hit the road to Italy. Just over 700km later, they were greeted by one of the most famous slopes on the World Cup Tour, the Saslong.

Last year’s races took place in rough weather conditions, and organizers were forced to shorten the downhill course so as not to lose the race. With a lot of effort from all the parties involved, Aksel Lund Svindal and Steven Nyman were able to celebrate their victories in super-G and downhill, respectively.

Luckily this year, racers were greeted by ideal weather for the first training run. Weather might not have brought any surprises, but as FIS Race Director Guenter Hujara announced at tuesday’s team captain’s meeting, the slope hid a few surprises for the skiers.

“Although the conditions were not easy in the last days and weeks, the organizers have once again managed to prepare a great slope. This year there will be even more bumps and waves than in the last years, because there is so little snow,” Hujara commented.

Steven Nyman was the first racer down the course and he fully agreed with Hujara’s prediction.

“There is definitely a lot of air time, the jumps are kicking you up so they seem bigger than in the past,” Nyman said after finishing his run. “I hope they shave them a bit after today’s training so we can fly straight,” he added.

The American, who has won in Val Gardena twice so far (2006 and 2012), took it easy in the first training and finished 2.75 seconds behind Svindal who paced the first training. Canadian Erik Guay laid down a very solid run, finishing second, 0.41 behind Svindal, while Silvan Zurbriggen found his way on the training podium from bib 48, finishing 0.77 behind the leader.

Things ran smoothly for most of the training, but unfortunately Dominik Paris suffered an ugly crash when he got bounced backwards on a bump at the Ciaslat section of the course. He fell and slid into the nets but was able to get up and ski to the finish area despite it being obvious his left leg was hurting. He was immediately attended to by his team doctor and walked out of the finish area on his own, showcasing a slight limp.

Release courtesy of FIS

 

Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  17  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  1:58.07
 2  18  102263 GUAY Erik 1981 CAN  1:58.48
 3  47  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan 1981 SUI  1:58.84
 4  8  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:58.89
 5  72  501076 OLSSON Hans 1984 SWE  1:59.04
 6  25  511139 KUENG Patrick 1984 SUI  1:59.24
 7  27  510727 DEFAGO Didier 1977 SUI  1:59.33
 8  5  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:59.34
 9  42  191591 BERTRAND Yannick 1980 FRA  1:59.52
 10  75  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:59.56
 11  4  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:59.60
 12  7  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:59.66
 13  49  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:59.78
 14  24  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  1:59.80
 15  26  51332 SCHEIBER Florian 1987 AUT  1:59.93
 16  20  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:59.94
 17  23  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  2:00.02
 18  45  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  2:00.13
 19  21  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  2:00.18
 20  46  192932 FAYED Guillermo 1985 FRA  2:00.20
 21  6  102271 HUDEC Jan 1981 CAN  2:00.22
 22  59  201606 KEPPLER Stephan 1983 GER  2:00.27
 23  2  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA  2:00.29
 24  10  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  2:00.34
 25  30  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  2:00.35
 25  19  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  2:00.35
 27  15  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  2:00.40
 28  3  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  2:00.41
 29  52  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  2:00.46
 30  60  193034 BOUILLOT Alexandre 1985 FRA  2:00.50
 30  34  201811 STECHERT Tobias 1985 GER  2:00.50
 32  9  532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA  2:00.56
 33  71  150398 BANK Ondrej 1980 CZE  2:00.79
 34  1  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  2:00.82
 35  50  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  2:00.87
 36  22  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  2:00.91
 37  68  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  2:00.92
 38  39  534939 FISHER Erik 1985 USA  2:00.95
 39  69  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  2:00.96
 40  38  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  2:01.04
 41  55  53837 KRAMER Manuel 1989 AUT  2:01.11
 42  63  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  2:01.13
 43  36  511352 VILETTA Sandro 1986 SUI  2:01.17
 44  28  560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO  2:01.25
 45  41  293141 VARETTONI Silvano 1984 ITA  2:01.26
 46  37  53981 KROELL Johannes 1991 AUT  2:01.31
 47  84  422310 SEJERSTED Adrian Smiseth 1994 NOR  2:01.45
 48  56  103385 PRIDY Conrad 1988 CAN  2:01.46
 49  16  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  2:01.48
 50  58  501439 HEDIN Douglas 1990 SWE  2:01.49
 51  62  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  2:01.51
 52  70  201987 STRODL Andreas 1987 GER  2:01.58
 53  33  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  2:01.64
 54  14  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  2:01.77
 55  66  102961 DIXON Robbie 1985 CAN  2:01.81
 55  29  561067 PERKO Rok 1985 SLO  2:01.81
 57  51  53936 DUERAGER Markus 1990 AUT  2:01.87
 58  67  491151 DE LA CUESTA Paul 1988 SPA  2:01.90
 59  40  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  2:01.97
 60  48  481705 GLEBOV Alexander 1983 RUS  2:02.21
 61  64  202196 BRANDNER Klaus 1990 GER  2:02.26
 62  88  170131 FAARUP Christoffer 1992 DAN  2:02.31
 63  54  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  2:02.87
 64  53  103612 PRIDY Morgan 1990 CAN  2:02.91
 65  80  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR  2:02.94
 66  73  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  2:03.04
 67  35  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey 1984 CAN  2:03.12
 68  57  491129 TERRA Ferran 1987 SPA  2:03.39
 69  11  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  2:03.41
 70  82  191746 DE TESSIERES Gauthier 1981 FRA  2:04.01
 71  81  20324 OLIVERAS Marc 1991 AND  2:04.04
 72  87  422275 JOHANSEN Ola Buer 1993 NOR  2:04.45
 73  61  510997 BERTHOD Marc 1983 SUI  2:04.66
 74  85  670058 KOSHKIN Dmitriy 1986 KAZ  2:04.75
 75  79  670037 ZAKURDAEV Igor 1987 KAZ  2:05.03
 76  78  20267 ESTEVE Kevin 1989 AND  2:05.35
 77  83  194650 PICCARD Roy 1993 FRA  2:06.24
 78  86  400237 MEINERS Maarten 1992 NED  2:06.84
 79  89  430472 KLUSAK Michal 1990 POL  2:09.01
 80  76  421650 BJERKESTRAND Iver 1987 NOR  2:10.10
 81  13  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  8:56.65
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