Weather concerns at Val Gardena; Jansrud leads training


Norway controled the final tune up for the classic Val Gardena downhill Thursday (Dec. 13) as impending weather threatened the race and had organizers scrambling to set up alternative scenarios for the race. Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal went one-two in the final test with Klaus Kroell third and Erik Guay fourth.  Svindal, Guay and Kroell went one-two-three in the opening trainer Wednesday.

“It’s great to be able to share these experiences with a friend,” Jansrud said. “We are definitely a small but successful team. We are also good friends but those few minutes between clicking in our bindings, leaving the start gate and until we make it through the finish area, we are also each other’s competition.”

The Norwegian also said he does not expect to lead the pack in the race. “I believe I never was fastest in a Downhill training, certainly not here in Gardena/Gröden. In fact, I was 6.5 seconds behind the leader in both training runs two years ago. I picked a good line, but let’s face it, this is a training and the race will be a whole other affair. On Saturday, many will be much faster than today. I’m happy so far but I will for sure turn it up a bit for the race as well. My chances are probably better for the Super-G so that is what I will focus on now. The Downhill training and the race are more of an added benefit for me.”

The Americans had Marco Sullivan in ninth, Travis Ganong 13th and Steven Nyman 23rd. Sullivan was .91 out, Ganong 1.36 and Nyman 2.02.

With forecasters calling for a change in what has been good racing weather and with a storm set to bring snow overnight Friday, FIS race director Guenther Hujara told the team coaches that preparations have been made to able to shorten the course, change the start time and/or to hold the event in two runs.

“The forecast mentions possible snowfalls. … We want to be prepared in the case of snow. The highest priority is the completion of the race,” he said. Moving the start to the super G start, delaying the start as far as 2:45pm from the scheduled 12:15pm and starting a pair of runs from “The Wall” section of the Saslong course are all being discussed and planned for.

Val Gardena’s downhill is scheduled Saturday, a super G for Friday.

Gepa photo

Val Gardena-Groeden (ITA)
Training
Men’s Downhill
Dec. 13, 2012

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Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  8  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:58.45  
 2  14  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:58.52  
 3  22  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:58.90  
 4  18  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:58.91  
 5  15  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:59.29  
 6  17  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:59.30  
 7  56  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:59.32  
 8  10  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   1:59.37  
 9  1  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:59.39  
 10  19  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA   1:59.62  
 11  5  51332 SCHEIBER Florian  1987  AUT   1:59.72  
 12  37  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   1:59.78  
 13  25  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:59.81  
 14  20  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:59.93  
 15  2  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   1:59.98  
 16  13  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:59.99 style="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"> 
 17  21  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   2:00.06  
 18  51  193034 BOUILLOT Alexandre  1985  FRA   2:00.09  
 19  16  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   2:00.12  
 20  26  192932 FAYED Guillermo  FRA   2:00.24  
 21  39  200379 SANDER Andreas  1989  GER   2:00.30  
 22  3  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI   2:00.34  
 23  41  533866 NYMAN Steven  1982  USA   2:00.37  
 24  43  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic  1991  AUT   2:00.46  
 24  6  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   2:00.46  
 26  28  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   2:00.49  
 27  30  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   2:00.61  
 28  40  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel  1984  CAN   2:00.65  
 29  24  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   2:00.75  
 30  38  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   2:00.93  
 31  4  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   2:00.95  
 32  55  293141 VARETTONI Silvano  1984  ITA   2:00.98  
 33  50  194190 ROGER Brice  1990  FRA   2:01.00  
 34  7  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   2:01.01  
 35  9  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   2:01.07  
 36  52  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar  1991  AUT   2:01.23  
 37  45  103385 PRIDY Conrad  1988  CAN   2:01.28  
 38  12  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   2:01.35  
 39  29  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   2:01.49  
 40  53  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   2:01.51  
 40  23  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   2:01.51  
 42  42  294911 PATSCHEIDER Hagen  1988  ITA   2:01.56  
 43  36  511142 LUEOEND Vitus  1984  SUI   2:01.68  
 44  27  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   2:01.71  
 45  33  560332 JERMAN Andrej  1978  SLO   2:01.80  
 46  35  53981 KROELL Johannes  1991  AUT   2:01.81  
 47  58  400281 VAN HEEK Marvin  1991  NED   2:01.89  
 48  11  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   2:01.90  
 49  54  100558 COOK Dustin  1989 <
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CAN   2:01.96  
 50  47  53936 DUERAGER Markus  1990  AUT   2:02.00  
 51  46  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   2:02.06  
 52  65  491151 DE LA CUESTA Paul  1988  SPA   2:02.43  
 53  67 tyle="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; text-align: right; vertical-align: bottom; padding-right: 7px;" align="right"> 511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI   2:02.47  
 54  63  202125 ZEPNIK Philipp  1988  GER   2:02.59  
 55  62  481705 GLEBOV Alexander  1983  RUS   2:02.61  
 56  60  491129 TERRA Ferran  1987  SPA   2:02.82  
 57  66  202290 ACKERMANN Marvin  1991  GER   2:02.84  
 57  34  102873 KUCERA John  1984  CAN   2:02.84  
 59  61  294904 PANGRAZZI Paolo  1988  ITA   2:02.94  
 60  48  511634 SPESCHA Christian  1989  SUI   2:03.10  
 61  49  194167 MUZATON Maxence  1990  FRA   2:03.19  
 62  69  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri  1991  BLR   2:03.27  
 63  57  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin  1992  FRA   2:03.38  
 64  68  481054 MURAVYEV Ivan  1989  RUS   2:03.44  
 65  44  511847 MANI Nils  1992  SUI   2:03.55  
 66  70  670037 ZAKURDAEV Igor  1987  KAZ   2:03.97  
 67  59  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA   2:04.29  
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   64  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA     
   32  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA     
   31  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO 

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