BEAVER CREEK,COLORADO,USA,03.DEC.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill training, men. Image shows Kjetil Jansrud (NOR). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christian Walgram

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – Kjetil Jansrud looks to have the Birds of Prey’s number. On another Colorado day filled with sunshine and mild temperatures, Jansrud won his second training run in a row, setting the pace at 1:42.87 seconds. The Norwegian was 0.15 seconds ahead of Italian Peter Fill who was also second in last weekend’s Lake Louise downhill.

“I’m feeling confident. I skied normal, not trying to do anything special,” Jansrud said. “I didn’t do any big mistakes, I felt like I skied OK the whole way, and it looks to be fast so that always gives me confidence.”

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Jansrud, last year’s defending downhill champion, took time to explain his tactical approach to training runs. Many racers will show a little gamesmanship and hide their real speed by standing up or turning before crossing the finish line. Did Jansrud take part in the mind games?

“No, not at all. I go with what I have, and I think most people do that in the last training run,” he explained. “For me, it’s way better to attack it and then try to improve from that position than just taking it easy and never knowing what’s going to hit you on race day. I’d rather go fast every day.”

For Fill, his newfound love of the snow and tracks in North America continued with a strong showing today, perhaps foreshadowing future success this week.

“I have a good feeling here, I tried to go full gas,” he said. “Unfortunately, I’m second today but it shows that I need to be even more aggressive tomorrow, adjust the last details, and ski strong. I hope I can go for a podium this weekend. My shape is good but you know, mistakes happen quickly and since we ski at the limit it immediately costs a lot of time. But I’ll try, and I think it’s possible.”

Last season’s World Championship silver medalist on this track, Travis Ganong, led the Americans with a solid sixth-place finish, setting himself up nicely for the race following his third and fourth-place finishes last weekend in Lake Louise.

“I definitely have the hill kind of dialed, pushing today and looking for speed, which is nice,” Ganong said. “I eased into things yesterday and now it’s time to add the speed.”

Ganong broke his thumb and was operated on in the days before heading up to Lake Louise, but is confident that it will be a non-factor come tomorrow.

“It’s good. Actually, that run in Talon Turn I went down on my side and punched the snow. I kind of tweaked my thumb. I tested it out there, I guess it’s OK – should be fine for tomorrow.”

Ganong also spoke of the track seeming to have more speed and terrain in sections than in years past, which could explain the high number of athletes missing gates in the training runs.

“Yeah, it’s a bit different. I feel like it’s almost faster. It’s faster coming off the pitch through Pete’s Arena into Pumphouse and into Russi’s Ride. That whole section just feels hectic to me for some reason; normally it’s pretty smooth and flowy. Right now, it’s really fast and there are little pieces of terrain that can kick you. That’s the key section, too, so you can carry your speed through the flats.”

Racing action gets underway in Beaver Creek Friday with the downhill starting at 10:45 am local MST.


Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.
 1 16 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:42.87
 2 13 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:43.02 +0.15
 3 17 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT 1:43.38 +0.51
 4 21 421328SVINDAL Aksel Lund1982NOR 1:43.63 +0.76
 5 19 53902MAYER Matthias1990AUT 1:43.71 +0.84
 6 12 530874GANONG Travis1988USA 1:44.11 +1.24
 7 18 192932FAYED Guillermo1985FRA 1:44.39 +1.52
 8 14 533866NYMAN Steven1982USA 1:44.42 +1.55
 9 15 102263GUAY Erik1981CAN 1:44.47 +1.60
 10 23 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 1:44.59 +1.72
 11 10 53817FRANZ Max1989AUT 1:44.70 +1.83
 12 25 202059FERSTL Josef1988GER 1:44.71 +1.84
 13 55 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:44.78 +1.91
 13 11 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:44.78 +1.91
 15 22 511139KUENG Patrick1984SUI 1:44.96 +2.09
 16 63 192504MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas1984FRA 1:44.98 +2.11
 17 9 511313JANKA Carlo1986SUI 1:45.04 +2.17
 18 31 560447SPORN Andrej1981SLO 1:45.09 +2.22
 19 6 293006INNERHOFER Christof1984ITA 1:45.11 +2.24
 20 3 50753KROELL Klaus1980AUT 1:45.16 +2.29
 21 37 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 1:45.19 +2.32
 22 36 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 1:45.29 +2.42
 23 52 202196BRANDNER Klaus1990GER 1:45.32 +2.45
 23 40 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 1:45.32 +2.45
 25 54 293550MARSAGLIA Matteo1985ITA 1:45.39 +2.52
 26 27 191964POISSON David1982FRA 1:45.40 +2.53
 27 39 200379SANDER Andreas1989GER 1:45.43 +2.56
 28 34 530939WEIBRECHT Andrew1986USA 1:45.44 +2.57
 29 35 194542GIRAUD MOINE Valentin1992FRA 1:45.49 +2.62
 30 30 191740CLAREY Johan1981FRA 1:45.50 +2.63
 30 5 533131SULLIVAN Marco1980USA 1:45.50 +2.63
 32 49 194190ROGER Brice1990FRA 1:45.52 +2.65
 33 24 292514HEEL Werner1982ITA 1:45.54 +2.67
 34 51 194167MUZATON Maxence1990FRA 1:45.56 +2.69
 35 8 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 1:45.59 +2.72
 36 1 511352VILETTA Sandro1986SUI 1:45.68 +2.81
 37 48 380292ZRNCIC DIM Natko1986CRO 1:45.69 +2.82
 37 29 102899OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel1984CAN 1:45.69 +2.82
 39 56 561067PERKO Rok1985SLO 1:45.73 +2.86
 40 33 53933SCHWEIGER Patrick1990AUT 1:45.77 +2.90
 41 57 511808SCHMED Fernando1991SUI 1:45.78 +2.91
 42 26 54005STRIEDINGER Otmar1991AUT 1:45.80 +2.93
 43 4 103271THOMSEN Benjamin1987CAN 1:46.05 +3.18
 44 7 50858STREITBERGER Georg1981AUT 1:46.14 +3.27
 45 58 51332SCHEIBER Florian1987AUT 1:46.22 +3.35
 46 50 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA 1:46.24 +3.37
 47 46 561255CATER Martin1992SLO 1:46.36 +3.49
 48 61 511638TUMLER Thomas1989SUI 1:46.41 +3.54
 49 43 103512FRISCH Jeffrey1984CAN 1:46.60 +3.73
 50 59 6530104BENNETT Bryce1992USA 1:46.62 +3.75
 51 41 511529GISIN Marc1988SUI 1:46.65 +3.78
 52 66 481327TRIKHICHEV Pavel1992RUS 1:46.76 +3.89
 53 47 180570ROMAR Andreas1989FIN 1:46.81 +3.94
 54 69 990116DE ALIPRANDINI Luca1990ITA 1:46.86 +3.99
 55 62 110324VON APPEN Henrik1994CHI 1:46.92 +4.05
 56 60 531452BIESEMEYER Thomas1989USA 1:47.06 +4.19
 57 44 294277KLOTZ Siegmar1987ITA 1:47.12 +4.25
 58 38 934643GOLDBERG Jared1991USA 1:47.21 +4.34
 59 28 150398BANK Ondrej1980CZE 1:47.28 +4.41
 59 2 293141VARETTONI Silvano1984ITA 1:47.28 +4.41
 61 53 511847MANI Nils1992SUI 1:47.33 +4.46
 62 32 103762WERRY Tyler1991CAN 1:47.71 +4.84
 63 65 380341ULLRICH Max1994CRO 1:48.11 +5.24
 64 70 700879ZAMPA Andreas1993SVK 1:48.42 +5.55
 65 20 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 1:50.12 +7.25
Did not start 1st run
 68 291318TONETTI Riccardo1989ITA
 67 534959JITLOFF Tim1985USA
 64 103612PRIDY Morgan1990CAN
 45 102271HUDEC Jan1981CAN
Did not finish 1st run
 42 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER