LAKE LOUISE,CANADA,27.NOV.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill, training, men. Image shows Kjetil Jansrud (NOR). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Mario Kneisl

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Aside from sunshine and warm temperatures (warm by Lake Louise standards, at least) the only other constant in the three official downhill training runs at the Canadian resort has been the Attacking Viking duo of Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal. After finishing second to Svindal on the opening day, Jansrud paced the field on the last two runs down the track ahead of Saturday’s race. Trading places from the first training run, Svindal finished just behind his teammate today, 0.35 seconds back.

Despite Jansrud’s evident speed on the course, which has built up steadily over three days, he knows a victory in the race is no guarantee.

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“Today felt a little better, especially from the halfway point down to the finish. I think it was pretty good,” said Jansrud. “But I’m also lagging a bit behind the best ones all the way to the third split, so I’ll have to take a good look at video and try to change that for tomorrow. But I’m feeling confident. For sure in downhill there’s a lot of details going on, and if you miss out on a few of those you’re in the back of the pack.”

Jansrud’s closest rival might turn out to be his own teammate who missed last season with a torn Achilles tendon. Svindal returns to the Lake Louise track in a year with more terrain and snow than in the past.

“There are some sections that I would say are fairly challenging, so it’s getting harder and harder every day to have a perfectly clean run because it’s getting a little bumpy,” said Svindal. “I feel good, but you definitely need to keep it together because there’s not a lot of room for error. At those speeds if you have just a little mistake, the tenths are flying really fast. It’s not going to be an easy race to win.”

Frenchman Guillermo Fayed snagged the third spot in the final training run after making some adjustments over the three days.

“My way of skiing changed between the three runs we had here. First day was OK, then yesterday I took it a little too easy and the slope was much harder so I got bounced around. But I spoke a lot with our coaches and we analyzed the video, and today I felt much better,” said Fayed. “The race is going to be tough. There is a lot of terrain and the Norwegians are in a league on their own right now. But we’re going to try to tighten or even close the gap during the season.”

Americans Steven Nyman and Travis Ganong gave close chase in fourth and sixth, respectively, within 0.76 seconds of Jansrud. Ganong admitted he took the run more conservatively to save up energy for tomorrow’s race while Nyman spoke about changing his skis over the course of the week.

“Yesterday I tried some new skis and skied really well, actually, but the skis weren’t that fast. And then today I went back on a similar set-up to my race set-up, had two big mistakes and still was pretty fast. So I’m happy with the way I’m skiing. I need to clean those mistakes up, and I know I can push for the top.”

Aside from betting on himself, Nyman also offered a Fantasy Ski Racer bonus pick for the top 10.

“A really valuable pick would be Aleksander Kilde. He’s coming from the back, so there are a lot of extra points you can get with him,” Nyman noted of the young Norwegian who’s moved from start numbers 60 and 58 into the mix each day so far.

U.S. fans can watch the men’s downhill from Lake Louise streaming on NBC Live Extra starting at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday or tune into Universal HD at 7 p.m. for the full broadcast. Canadian fans can watch CBC at 4 p.m. ET or access the live stream through ACA’s website here.


 Results

 1 16 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:47.72
 2 19 421328SVINDAL Aksel Lund1982NOR 1:48.07 +0.35
 3 18 192932FAYED Guillermo1985FRA 1:48.23 +0.51
 4 15 533866NYMAN Steven1982USA 1:48.30 +0.58
 4 10 102263GUAY Erik1981CAN 1:48.30 +0.58
 6 12 530874GANONG Travis1988USA 1:48.48 +0.76
 7 13 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 1:48.55 +0.83
 8 22 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 1:48.61 +0.89
 9 29 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:48.71 +0.99
 9 20 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT 1:48.71 +0.99
 11 5 191964POISSON David1982FRA 1:48.83 +1.11
 12 25 202059FERSTL Josef1988GER 1:48.88 +1.16
 13 36 194542GIRAUD MOINE Valentin1992FRA 1:49.16 +1.44
 14 7 50753KROELL Klaus1980AUT 1:49.20 +1.48
 15 14 53817FRANZ Max1989AUT 1:49.26 +1.54
 16 26 293006INNERHOFER Christof1984ITA 1:49.32 +1.60
 17 9 511313JANKA Carlo1986SUI 1:49.37 +1.65
 18 28 191740CLAREY Johan1981FRA 1:49.40 +1.68
 19 58 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:49.51 +1.79
 20 8 50858STREITBERGER Georg1981AUT 1:49.52 +1.80
 21 11 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:49.56 +1.84
 22 40 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 1:49.73 +2.01
 23 49 194190ROGER Brice1990FRA 1:49.79 +2.07
 24 43 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER 1:49.80 +2.08
 25 54 930024MAPLE Wiley1990USA 1:49.93 +2.21
 26 67 192504MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas1984FRA 1:50.03 +2.31
 27 21 511139KUENG Patrick1984SUI 1:50.14 +2.42
 28 30 54005STRIEDINGER Otmar1991AUT 1:50.16 +2.44
 28 2 533131SULLIVAN Marco1980USA 1:50.16 +2.44
 28 1 102899OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel1984CAN 1:50.16 +2.44
 31 52 202196BRANDNER Klaus1990GER 1:50.21 +2.49
 32 3 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 1:50.22 +2.50
 33 34 53936DUERAGER Markus1990AUT 1:50.25 +2.53
 33 4 292514HEEL Werner1982ITA 1:50.25 +2.53
 35 53 194167MUZATON Maxence1990FRA 1:50.42 +2.70
 35 42 511529GISIN Marc1988SUI 1:50.42 +2.70
 37 35 530939WEIBRECHT Andrew1986USA 1:50.47 +2.75
 38 33 53933SCHWEIGER Patrick1990AUT 1:50.50 +2.78
 39 57 293550MARSAGLIA Matteo1985ITA 1:50.71 +2.99
 40 39 200379SANDER Andreas1989GER 1:50.76 +3.04
 41 32 103762WERRY Tyler1991CAN 1:50.80 +3.08
 42 48 380292ZRNCIC DIM Natko1986CRO 1:50.99 +3.27
 43 46 561255CATER Martin1992SLO 1:51.03 +3.31
 44 50 512124HINTERMANN Niels1995SUI 1:51.11 +3.39
 45 37 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 1:51.12 +3.40
 46 44 103512FRISCH Jeffrey1984CAN 1:51.25 +3.53
 47 41 54099MAYRPETER Thomas1992AUT 1:51.28 +3.56
 47 27 103271THOMSEN Benjamin1987CAN 1:51.28 +3.56
 49 24 150398BANK Ondrej1980CZE 1:51.35 +3.63
 50 61 51332SCHEIBER Florian1987AUT 1:51.38 +3.66
 51 47 180570ROMAR Andreas1989FIN 1:51.43 +3.71
 52 59 561067PERKO Rok1985SLO 1:51.44 +3.72
 53 63 511638TUMLER Thomas1989SUI 1:51.48 +3.76
 54 62 6530104BENNETT Bryce1992USA 1:51.52 +3.80
 54 56 481514BORODAYKIN Artem1994RUS 1:51.52 +3.80
 56 38 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 1:51.62 +3.90
 57 51 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA 1:51.70 +3.98
 58 68 103612PRIDY Morgan1990CAN 1:51.84 +4.12
 59 55 511847MANI Nils1992SUI 1:51.91 +4.19
 60 64 110324VON APPEN Henrik1994CHI 1:52.00 +4.28
 61 71 481327TRIKHICHEV Pavel1992RUS 1:52.04 +4.32
 62 66 380260KOSTELIC Ivica1979CRO 1:52.07 +4.35
 63 60 511808SCHMED Fernando1991SUI 1:52.10 +4.38
 64 69 104096THOMPSON Broderick1994CAN 1:52.21 +4.49
 65 65 6531127DUFFY Drew1995USA 1:52.43 +4.71
 66 70 380341ULLRICH Max1994CRO 1:52.67 +4.95
 67 31 560447SPORN Andrej1981SLO 1:52.85 +5.13
 68 72 430429BYDLINSKI Maciej1988POL 1:53.17 +5.45
 69 73 534959JITLOFF Tim1985USA 1:53.30 +5.58
 70 45 294277KLOTZ Siegmar1987ITA 1:54.05 +6.33
 71 6 293141VARETTONI Silvano1984ITA 2:00.58 +12.86
Did not start 1st run
 23 511352VILETTA Sandro1986SUI
 17 53902MAYER Matthias1990AUT