Svindal takes his first Val Gardena training run


Aksel Lund Svindal reports he has never before won a  training run at Val Gardena, but ahead of Saturday’s downhill and Friday’s super G down the famed Saslong, he edged Erik Guay for the honors today (Dec. 12) in the first of two trainers. “The Saslong was great to ski today,” Svindal said.

Klaus Kroell was third fastest, and he was just a tenth of a second off Svindal’s clocking at 1:58.73.
The Americans got Steven Nyman in fifth and Marco Sullivan 13th. Travis Ganong was 16th and Andrew Weibrecht 18th for the best US showing of the young season. Nyman came from the 42nd start position and started after a course hold.

The US men have fared well at Val Gardena in the past, highlighted by Nyman’s win in 2006 and the 2008 race when five US skiers made the top 10.

The classic track was in excellent condition, dark as usual and the jumps appeared as big as usual.

Guay said the snow was particularly aggressive, saying, “It’s fun to ski this year. The snow is quite aggressive and in the Ciaslat it’s intense. I landed a jump on the flat and that was never fun, but altogether I had a good run and am looking forward to seeing much much faster we can go in the race.”

Kroell was his usual self in commenting, “I hope the favorites to win the race will be the same who ranked so well in today’s training run.”

Sullivan was the first man on course and Nyman ran just after a delay while Patrick Schwaiger was helped out of the safety nets after a crash.

Gepa photo

Val Gardena-Groeden (ITA)
Training
Men’s Downhill
Dec. 12, 2012

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  12  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:58.73  
 2  16  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:58.77  
 3  14  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:58.83  
 4  57  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:58.95  
 5  42  533866 NYMAN Steven  1982  USA   1:59.28  
 6  23  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:59.37  
 7  52  193034 BOUILLOT Alexandre  1985  FRA   1:59.48  
 8  53  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar  1991  AUT   1:59.51  
 9  18  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:59.57  
 10  56  293141 VARETTONI Silvano  1984  ITA   1:59.69  
 11  38  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:59.70  
 12  15  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA   1:59.94  
 13  1  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:59.95  
 14  9  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   2:00.03  
 15  51  194190 ROGER Brice  1990  FRA   2:00.05  
 16  25  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   2:00.06  
 17  5  192932 FAYED Guillermo  1985  FRA   2:00.13  
 18  65  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   2:00.17  
 19  55  100558 COOK Dustin  1989  CAN   2:00.18  
 19  13  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   2:00.18  
 19  4  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   2:00.18  
 22  67  202290 ACKERMANN Marvin  1991  GER   2:00.19  
 23  63  481705 GLEBOV Alexander  1983  RUS   2:00.20  
 23  19  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   2:00.20  
 25  41  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel  1984  CAN   2:00.23  
 26  37  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   2:00.29  
 27  6  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   2:00.30  
 28  17  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   2:00.33  
 29  47  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   2:00.42  
 30  30  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   2:00.48  
 31  7  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   2:00.53  
 32  44  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic  1991  AUT   2:00.57  
 33  28  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   2:00.58  
 33  27  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   2:00.58  
 35  62  294904 e="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: #ffffff; vertical-align: top;">PANGRAZZI Paolo  1988  ITA   2:00.62  
 36  20  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   2:00.64  
 37  54  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   2:00.66  
 38  8  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   2:00.69  
 39  48  53936 DUERAGER Markus  1990  AUT   2:00.74  
 40  24  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI   2:00.76  
 41  33  560332 JERMAN Andrej  1978  SLO   2:00.78  
 42  26  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   2:00.80  
 43  36  511142 LUEOEND Vitus  1984  SUI   2:00.91  
 43  22  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   2:00.91  
 45  3  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   2:00.95  
 46  58  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin  1992  FRA   2:01.02  
 47  10  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   2:01.14  
 48  64  202125 ZEPNIK Philipp  1988  GER   2:01.18  
 49  11  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   2:01.19  
 50  29  51332 SCHEIBER Florian  1987  AUT   2:01.27  
 51  46  103385 PRIDY Conrad  1988  CAN   2:01.37  
 52  59  400281 VAN HEEK Marvin  1991  NED   2:01.40  
 53  21  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   2:01.48  
 54  49  511634 SPESCHA Christian  1989  SUI   2:01.52  
 55  71  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri  1991  BLR   2:01.62  
 56  69  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI   2:01.63  
 57  43  294911 PATSCHEIDER Hagen  1988  ITA   2:01.68  
 58  2  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   2:01.81  
 59  50  194167 MUZATON Maxence  1990  FRA   2:01.87  
 60  34  102873 KUCERA John  1984  CAN   2:01.89 e="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; vertical-align: top;" align="right"> 
 61  72  670037 ZAKURDAEV Igor  1987  KAZ   2:01.96  
 62  70  481054 MURAVYEV Ivan  1989  RUS   2:02.03  
 63  66  491151 DE LA CUESTA Paul  1988  SPA   2:02.15  
 64  61  491129 TERRA Ferran  1987  SPA   2:02.73  
 65  35  53981 KROELL Johannes  1991  AUT   2:02.89  
 66  45  511847 MANI Nils  1992  SUI   2:03.92  
 67  40  200379 SANDER Andreas  1989  GER   20:20.44  
Did not start 1st run
   60  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA     
   32  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA     
   31  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO     
Did not finish 1st run
   68  291034 PLANK Andy  1989  ITA     
   39  53933 SCHWEIGER Patrick  1990  AUT 

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