In the two downhill training runs in Kvitfjell, Norway, on Thursday and Friday, the same three racers – Italy’s Peter Fill and Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde – dominated the podium heading into Saturday’s penultimate downhill of the World Cup season.

On Thursday, Fill set the pace with a time of 1:46.35 seconds, 0.55 seconds ahead of Kilde in second and 0.63 seconds ahead of Jansrud in third.

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“I had a good feeling and hit the line pretty well apart from that little mistake at the entrance of the flat, so I have more potential for tomorrow,” Fill explained. “But my time is for sure not the winning time on Saturday, the others are going to study the lines and be much faster. The conditions are great, it’s the first time that the snow is so consitent from top to bottom. The speed is not very high, because the snow is not very fast but it’s nice to ski.”

Steven Nyman led the way for the Americans on Thursday, finishing in fifth, 0.75 seconds off of Fill’s pace.

In Friday’s training, morning fog forced several delays and the eventual lowering of the start. Using the reserve start, Jansrud made the right adjustments and walked away with with the fastest time in 1:28.52 seconds. Fill managed the second fastest time, 0.52 seconds back and Kilde was third, 0.57 seconds off of the pace.

“Yesterday, I had a few tactical mistakes in my run,“ said Jansrud. “Today, I had no bigger issue and my run went smoothly. I was happy that it turned out to be fast as well. Let’s hope that the conditions and the weather are good tomorrow.”

Fill and Jansrud are locked in an intense battle for the downhill title. With Aksel Lund Svindal out for the season, Fill is the de facto leader in the standings, with Jansrud 73 points behind. The stage is now set for an exciting race on Saturday, as the results could potentially determine the small crystal globe winner.

“Today was good,” said Fill. “I didn’t have a perfect run, there were some little mistakes in it. For example, I underestimated some rolls, but it looks like I’m fast again and I’m happy to be among the best skiers today, it gives me confidence for tomorrow.”

For Kilde, his two fast training runs bode well for the young Norwegian as he has already claimed two World Cup victories this season, winning the downhill in Garmisch, Germany, and the super G in Hinterstoder, Austria. Kilde also has a legitimate shot at taking the super G title after starting the season ranked well outside of the top 30 in the world.

“It was really good today,” said Kilde. “The snow was more compact than yesterday and the few soft sections are gone. It was really fun to ski. When you have that feeling under your skis, with the bumps and stuff, it’s great to ski. It’s more challenging from the top and I’ve skied it many times, so it would be an advantage for me to start at the original position.”

On Friday, Travis Ganong and Nyman finished fourth and fifth, 0.78 and 0.83 seconds back, respectively. This weekend will be Ganong’s first World Cup start since tweaking his knee in the Olympic test event downhill in Jeongseon, South Korea, last month.

In sadder news, Frenchman Guillermo Fayed suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Friday’s training and will be out for the remainder of the season. Fayed is currently sitting in sixth in the downhill standings after finishing third in 2015.

Start time for Saturday’s downhill race is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CET.


Thursday’s Official Training Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.
 1 12 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:46.35
 2 7 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:46.90 +0.55
 3 16 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:46.98 +0.63
 4 5 102899OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel1984CAN 1:47.01 +0.66
 5 14 533866NYMAN Steven1982USA 1:47.10 +0.75
 6 30 194542GIRAUD MOINE Valentin1992FRA 1:47.18 +0.83
 7 9 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 1:47.36 +1.01
 8 18 102263GUAY Erik1981CAN 1:47.37 +1.02
 9 27 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 1:47.44 +1.09
 10 4 50753KROELL Klaus1980AUT 1:47.53 +1.18
 11 23 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 1:47.57 +1.22
 11 10 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 1:47.57 +1.22
 13 28 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 1:47.58 +1.23
 14 11 192932FAYED Guillermo1985FRA 1:47.62 +1.27
 15 25 530939WEIBRECHT Andrew1986USA 1:47.96 +1.61
 16 13 530874GANONG Travis1988USA 1:48.18 +1.83
 17 6 533131SULLIVAN Marco1980USA 1:48.24 +1.89
 18 19 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:48.29 +1.94
 19 45 192504MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas1984FRA 1:48.34 +1.99
 20 29 200379SANDER Andreas1989GER 1:48.35 +2.00
 21 26 511529GISIN Marc1988SUI 1:48.47 +2.12
 22 22 54005STRIEDINGER Otmar1991AUT 1:48.48 +2.13
 23 20 293006INNERHOFER Christof1984ITA 1:48.60 +2.25
 24 8 511383FEUZ Beat1987SUI 1:48.71 +2.36
 25 2 53817FRANZ Max1989AUT 1:48.79 +2.44
 26 39 202196BRANDNER Klaus1990GER 1:48.88 +2.53
 26 32 511981WEBER Ralph1993SUI 1:48.88 +2.53
 28 31 560447SPORN Andrej1981SLO 1:48.96 +2.61
 29 21 191740CLAREY Johan1981FRA 1:49.00 +2.65
 30 24 191964POISSON David1982FRA 1:49.04 +2.69
 31 46 380341ULLRICH Max1994CRO 1:49.06 +2.71
 32 3 103271THOMSEN Benjamin1987CAN 1:49.08 +2.73
 33 37 531452BIESEMEYER Thomas1989USA 1:49.12 +2.77
 34 38 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA 1:49.13 +2.78
 35 1 292514HEEL Werner1982ITA 1:49.14 +2.79
 36 35 294277KLOTZ Siegmar1987ITA 1:49.22 +2.87
 37 33 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 1:49.29 +2.94
 38 41 511808SCHMED Fernando1991SUI 1:49.49 +3.14
 39 17 511313JANKA Carlo1986SUI 1:49.50 +3.15
 40 34 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER 1:49.54 +3.19
 41 42 6291029BATTILANI Henri1994ITA 1:49.68 +3.33
 41 40 561067PERKO Rok1985SLO 1:49.68 +3.33
 43 36 561255CATER Martin1992SLO 1:49.97 +3.62
 44 48 170159VORRE Marcus1998DAN 1:52.51 +6.16
 45 15 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT 1:57.79 +11.44
 46 44 511638TUMLER Thomas1989SUI 2:08.10 +21.75
Did not start 1st run
 47 511852CAVIEZEL Gino1992SUI
Did not finish 1st run
 43 110324VON APPEN Henrik1994CHI

Friday’s Official Training Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.
 1 16 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:28.52
 2 17 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:29.04 +0.52
 3 8 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:29.09 +0.57
 4 10 530874GANONG Travis1988USA 1:29.30 +0.78
 5 13 533866NYMAN Steven1982USA 1:29.35 +0.83
 6 21 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 1:29.36 +0.84
 7 5 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 1:29.48 +0.96
 8 12 511383FEUZ Beat1987SUI 1:29.49 +0.97
 9 38 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA 1:29.53 +1.01
 10 23 194542GIRAUD MOINE Valentin1992FRA 1:29.64 +1.12
 11 11 102263GUAY Erik1981CAN 1:29.80 +1.28
 12 1 50753KROELL Klaus1980AUT 1:29.86 +1.34
 13 7 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:29.89 +1.37
 14 4 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 1:29.94 +1.42
 15 26 102899OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel1984CAN 1:30.04 +1.52
 16 6 191740CLAREY Johan1981FRA 1:30.05 +1.53
 17 3 530939WEIBRECHT Andrew1986USA 1:30.09 +1.57
 18 2 191964POISSON David1982FRA 1:30.24 +1.72
 19 15 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 1:30.32 +1.80
 20 29 200379SANDER Andreas1989GER 1:30.33 +1.81
 21 9 293006INNERHOFER Christof1984ITA 1:30.34 +1.82
 22 39 202196BRANDNER Klaus1990GER 1:30.36 +1.84
 23 20 54005STRIEDINGER Otmar1991AUT 1:30.39 +1.87
 24 22 103271THOMSEN Benjamin1987CAN 1:30.59 +2.07
 25 45 192504MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas1984FRA 1:30.64 +2.12
 26 27 292514HEEL Werner1982ITA 1:30.67 +2.15
 27 24 511529GISIN Marc1988SUI 1:30.70 +2.18
 28 25 533131SULLIVAN Marco1980USA 1:30.80 +2.28
 29 46 380341ULLRICH Max1994CRO 1:30.88 +2.36
 29 42 6291029BATTILANI Henri1994ITA 1:30.88 +2.36
 31 14 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT 1:30.89 +2.37
 32 41 511808SCHMED Fernando1991SUI 1:31.09 +2.57
 33 36 561255CATER Martin1992SLO 1:31.19 +2.67
 34 40 561067PERKO Rok1985SLO 1:31.20 +2.68
 35 31 560447SPORN Andrej1981SLO 1:31.40 +2.88
 36 30 53817FRANZ Max1989AUT 1:31.42 +2.90
 37 35 294277KLOTZ Siegmar1987ITA 1:31.49 +2.97
 38 37 531452BIESEMEYER Thomas1989USA 1:31.55 +3.03
 39 33 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 1:31.62 +3.10
 40 44 511638TUMLER Thomas1989SUI 1:31.65 +3.13
 40 34 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER 1:31.65 +3.13
 42 43 110324VON APPEN Henrik1994CHI 1:31.78 +3.26
 43 32 511981WEBER Ralph1993SUI 1:31.99 +3.47
 44 47 511852CAVIEZEL Gino1992SUI 1:33.48 +4.96
 45 48 170159VORRE Marcus1998DAN 1:44.33 +15.81
 46 28 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 1:48.10 +19.58
 47 19 511313JANKA Carlo1986SUI 21:37.36 +20:08.84
Did not finish 1st run
 18 192932FAYED Guillermo1985FRA