Svindal wins Lake Louise SG for third time


Aksel SvindalThere was a lot to like about the first men’s super G of the season, the Winterstart event at Lake Louise Sunday (Nov. 27). Norwegian veteran Aksel Lund Svindal won the race for the third time in his career, unseating Saturday’s downhill winner Didier Cuche from the winner’s box and Frenchman Adrien Theaux got his country’s second podium of this early season.

The home standing Canadians got two daddies in the top 10, Jan Hudec, returning from injury screamed from the 44th start to claim fourth while Erik Guay started and wound up sixth.

The Americans, too, had reason to smile, if not cheer. Bode Miller, as he has so often in his career, got the best finish for the squad in ninth, but Marco Sullivan after missing the bulk of last year, got 17th. Tommy Ford rode an early bib to finish 22nd. Travis Ganong posted 28th and Andrew Weibrecht 30th. Ryan Cochran-Siegle left the finish believing he had gotten points in his first completed Cup race, but got bumped to 31st when the 64th starter, Canadian Benjamin Thomsen finished 27th.

These were not the only points scored from the back of the pack as a wet snow packed into a glaze with racer traffic. Johan Clarey started 61st and made the top 10. Sixty starting Manuel Kramer of Austria posted 12th and 65th starting Siegmar Klotz of Italy finished 13th.

The track may have gotten faster, but not fast enough to unseat Svindal, Cuche and Theaux, three guys who earned the big points by skiing better than everyone else.

“On days like this the weather is going to make a big difference,” said Svindal, referring to a steady snowfall. “At the beginning of the day nobody knew if was going to be the early numbers that had an advantage. There’s just no way of knowing.”

He said his run had been far from perfect, but added, “With this kind of snow it doesn’t really matter if you are a meter off here or a meter there. It is how gentle you are with the snow and how you are able to carry your speed.”

In fact, both Svindal and Cuche had notable difficulties at about the same place on the course. “I was pushing hard,” said Cuche, “because I knew those were the challenging turns for the whole run. I reached the limit with the angle and both skis (slid) out. Aksel was also a bit at the limit there but I think he carried more speed through the flat section.”

For American Sullivan it was great just to be back in a race again after losing last season to a head injury and opening with a 24th in the downhill here. “This was one of those courses that didn’t feel good while you were on it. Because of the soft snow it got pretty chopped up and you just had to keep battling because you knew everybody else was probably feeling the same way. I came down with intent and I’m definitely happy about that after a pretty long break.”

Cochran-Siegle will look back at this as a race that got away. “It was fun it was bumpy. I definitely could have done better, but people are still throwing it in there,” he said as the start order moved through the 50′s, “So it’s definitely do-able.”

Unfortunately for Cochran-Siegle, it was do-able for three more guys and he lost out on scoring points in his first completed World Cup by a hundredth of a second.

Aksel Lund Svindal photo by Gepa

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Men’s World Cup super G
Lake Louise, Canada
Nov. 27, 2011
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings

1 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
2 Cuche, Head/Head/Head
3 Theaux, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
4 Hudec, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
5 Kroell, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
6 Guay, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
7 Puchner, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
8 Mayer, Head/Head/Head
9 Miller, Head/Head/Head
10 Clarey, Head/Head/Head

Men’s World Cup super G, Lake Louise, Canada, Nov. 27, 2011. … It is the third race of the men’s 45 race 2011-12 World Cup schedule. … the first of eight scheduled super G’s. … It is the second of a two race set at Lake Louise, the 82nd World Cup race hosted by the resort and the 30th super G. …

It is the 15th career World Cup victory for Aksel Lund Svindal. … his sixth in super G and his third in SG at Lake Louise. … It is his third score of the season in three races contested.

It is the 62nd career World Cup podium for Didier Cuche. … his 21st in super G. … It is his sixth career Cup podium at Lake Louise and second in two days having also won the DH Nov. 26. … It is his best SG finish at Lake Louise, though he has placed third three times.

It is the fourth career World Cup podium for Adrien Theaux and his second in SG. … It is his first podium at Lake Louise. … All four of his podiums have come since Dec. 4 2010.

It is the third best career World Cup result for Jan Hudec, and is a career best in SG. … It is his second best result at Lake Louise having won the DH at the site in 2007. … It is the 32nd time Erik Guay has placed sixth or better in a World Cup race. … 17th time in SG. … It is the third time he has finished sixth in a race at Lake Louise. … He has been better three times. … It is the 148th time Bode Miller has placed in the top 10 of a World Cup race. … 23rd time in SG. … the 19th time he has finished in the top 10 at Lake Louise. … Marco Sullivan matched his 43rd best career World Cup result. … and matched his ninth best in SG. … It is the fifth career scoring result for Tommy Ford. … his second in SG. … It is the fifth scoring result for Benjamin Thomsen. … his first in SG. … It is the seventh career scoring result for Travis Ganong. … his third in SG. … Three of his seven scoring results have come at Lake Louise. … It is his second score of the season and in two days. … It is the 17th career World Cup scoring result for Andrew Weibrecht. … his fifth in SG.

Cuche leads the World Cup overall standings 180-140 over Svindal. … Theaux and Ted Ligety are tied for third with 100pts. … Hudec leads Canadian men in 11th place with 72pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 580-388. … France is third with 372 and the U.S. fourth at 225. … Canada is sixth with 131pts.

Place   Lake Louise (CAN)   Discipline   Super G
Date   27.11.2011   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   0256   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Van Slyke Paul (USA)
       
  

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  26  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:23.47  0.00
 2  19  510030 CUCHE Didier  1974  SUI   1:23.70  2.92
 3  9  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:24.11  8.13
 4  44  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   1:24.21  9.40
 5  15  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:24.22  9.52
 6  6  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:24.29  10.41
 7  7  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:24.43  12.19
 8  35  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:24.55  13.72
 9  8  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA   1:24.84  17.40
 10  61  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA   1:24.91  18.29
 11  20  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:24.94  18.67
 12  60  53837 KRAMER Manuel  1989  AUT   1:25.12  20.95
 13  65  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   1:25.16  21.46
 14  42  561087 MARKIC Gasper  1986  SLO   1:25.22  22.22
 15  58  53817 FRANZ Max  1989  AUT   1:25.23  22.35
 16  11  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   1:25.26  22.73
 17  34  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:25.28  22.99
 18  43  200379 SANDER Andreas  1989  GER   1:25.31  23.37
 19  33  51401 GRAF Bernhard  1988  AUT   1:25.32  23.49
 20  48  511383 FEUZ Beat  1987  SUI   1:25.35  23.87
 21  10  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:25.38  24.26
 22  5  531799 FORD Tommy  1989  USA   1:25.39  24.38
 23  4  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI   1:25.43  24.89
 24  17  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:25.44  25.02
 25  28  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   1:25.47  25.40
 26  59  510767 HOFFMANN Ambrosi  1977  SUI   1:25.48  25.53
 27  64  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:25.51  25.91
 28  50  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:25.54  26.29
 29  13  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:25.55  26.41
 30  32  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   1:25.58  26.80
 31  37  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan  1992  USA   1:25.59  26.92
 32  30  501076 OLSSON Hans  1984  SWE   1:25.69  28.19
 33  12  510747 GRUENENFELDER Tobias  1977  SUI   1:25.71  28.45
 34  47  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   1:25.79  29.46
 35  62  290998 STAUDACHER Patrick  1980  ITA   1:25.80  29.59
 36  46  534289 FRANK Chris  1983  USA   1:25.88  30.61
 36  41  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   1:25.88  30.61
 38  31  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:25.89  30.73
 39  27  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:25.92  31.11
 40  29  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:25.97  31.75
 40  22  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:25.97  31.75
 42  38  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   1:26.02  32.38
 43  14  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:26.04  32.64
 44  39  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   1:26.07  33.02
 45  36  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO   1:26.13  33.78
 46  55  534939 FISHER Erik  1985  USA   1:26.14  33.91
 47  23  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   1:26.15  34.03
 48  53  561085 KRIZAJ Andrej  1986  SLO   1:26.21  34.80
 49  3  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:26.23  35.05
 50  67  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   1:26.24  35.18
 51  21  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:26.28  35.68
 52  25  500150 JAERBYN Patrik  1969  SWE   1:26.52  38.73
 53  45  103090 HELIE Louis-Pierre  1986  CAN   1:26.79  42.16
 54  56  194190 ROGER Brice  1990  FRA   1:26.96  44.32
 54  52  294911 PATSCHEIDER Hagen  1988  ITA   1:26.96  44.32
 56  57  400016 WANDERS Arjan  1978  NED   1:29.94  82.16
Did not start 1st run
   63  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA     
Did not finish 1st run
   66  220874 BALDWIN TJ  1990  GBR     
   54  421650 BJERKESTRAND Iver  1987  NOR     
   51  100558 COOK Dustin  1989  CAN     
   49  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar  1991  AUT     
   40  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA     
   24  191746 DE TESSIERES Gauthier  1981  FRA     
   18  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA     
   16  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT     
   2  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER     
   1  102961 DIXON Robbie  1985  CAN   

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