The results sheet pretty much tells the story: a swath of Austrians, Italians and Swiss finishing in close proximity, all led by the lone Norwegian in a league of his own at the top. A slim .63 seconds separated the next 10 racers while Kjetil Jansrud managed nearly a half-second gap over his nearest competitor, Dominik Paris.

Jansrud has now won four of the first six speed races this season — he took second in the other two — and leads the overall by 152 points ahead of Marcel Hirscher, who may have something to say about that in the upcoming tech events on Sunday and Monday. With Paris sitting in a distant third, a cross-discipline, two-horse race has formed in this early stage of the season standings.

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Saturday’s win was anything but a layup for Jansrud. Warm weather and lack of snow nearly stymied the weekend, but a “miraculous” effort by the organizer and course workers got the races off. The result has been a thin layer of snow and slick, bumpy conditions on the Saslong with athletes claiming to be able to feel the earth underneath their skis.

Jansrud captured an impressive .43-second lead out of the start and improved that advantage to seven-tenths by the second split. But a big mistake through the technical Ciaslat section sent the Norwegian to the tales of his skis, rolling down the windows in an effort to recover. And recover he did, losing some of that advantage but skiing a clean-enough run through the finish to hang on to the win.

“I feel like I have good balance,” said Jansrud. “Obviously I had some problems going into the Ciaslat area, but I’m not losing on my line. I feel like the minor mistakes never really develop into big mistakes. I can pull myself back into it. I’m trying to let my ski run, but all the other guys do the same. Somehow, I’m finding the tenths where others don’t.”

As for the overall, Jansrud expects he could be 50 points behind after the GS and slalom races forthcoming.

“That’s just the way (Hirscher) has been this year,” Jansrud said. “It’s cool to be fighting for it, but it’s not exciting until January is over. There’s an important day tomorrow with the GS — not just for the overall, I want to see what I can do in GS. It’s optimistic to think I can go over there and score a lot of points — but I can try.”

For the Italian Paris, competing on home snow, it’s two podiums in as many days — by far the best results of his career at the venue.

“The super G, a second podium, it’s amazing because I didn’t think I could do it,” said Paris. “The snow was difficult. The top was more grippy and the last part was very icy. It was more slippery. It was very hard to find the right line.”

Paris led an Italian team that landed three in the top 10, including Christof Innerhofer, who’s been struggling with lower back pain and who cracked the top 20 for the first time this season: fifth, by far his best result.

Meanwhile the Austrians managed to pack four in the top 10, the fastest being Hannes Reichelt, winner of the Birds of Prey super G, who finished third.

“It wasn’t quite as perfect as Beaver Creek — Beaver Creek was really perfect,” said Reichelt. “Today (Jansrud) showed us how to ski super G. It was really a nice by him. … To beat Kjetil is really tough at the moment. He’s in shape, and he’s in the flow. He just gets on his skis and is fast and I don’t know why.”

Another Austrian of note, 23-year-old Vincent Kriechmayr, skied to a personal best fourth-place result.

It was largely a toss day for the Americans. Andrew Weibrecht and Travis Ganong led the team in 19th and 26th respectively. With high hopes in super G this season, Ted Ligety got knocked around through the icy Ciaslat section and missed a tough gate, recording the DNF. Yesterday’s remarkable downhill winner Steven Nyman was also a DNF. Rounding out the U.S. representation was Jared Goldberg, 38th, Bryce Bennett, 41st, Tommy Biesemeyer, 42nd, and Tim Jitloff, 51st.

Canadian Dustin Cook matched his career-best result from Beaver Creek by tying for 12th, but he posted on social media after the race to say the result brought mixed emotions.

The speed is there, just gotta harness it for a full run!” Cook wrote.

 

The Scoop

By Hank McKee

1 Jansrud, Head/Head/Head

2 Paris, Nordica/Nordica/Marker

3 Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

4 Kriechmayr, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

5 Innerhofer, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

6 Janka, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

7 Marsaglia, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

8 Baumann, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

9 Defago, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol

10 Striedinger, Blizzard/Tecnica/

Men’s World Cup super G, Val Gardena, Italy, Dec. 20, 2014:

  • It is the 11th race of the men’s 36 race World Cup season with one cancellation (city event at Munich). … It is the third of six scheduled super G’s, the last until Feb. 22nd at Saalbach. … It is the final race of the 47th Saslong events at Val Gardena … the 14th World Cup super G held at the site. … The injured Aksel Lund Svindal had won the two previous super G’s Dec. 14, 2012 and Dec. 20, 2013.
  • It is the seventh career World Cup win for Kjetil Jansrud … his fourth in super G and third in super G in this calendar year. … It is his fourth win of the season and second in super G. … He has placed first or second in each super G and downhill held this season. … It is his first win at Val Gardena, but he has been top four at the site in his last seven races there. … Winning margin is .46. … top nine skiers are within same second.
  • It is the seventh career World Cup podium placing for Dominik Paris … his second in two days at Val Gardena. … It is his second career super G podium, both coming this season.
  • It is the 30th career World Cup podium for Hannes Reichelt … his 13th in super G. … It is his second SG podium at Val Gardena.
  • Dustin Cook matches his best career finish, also in super G, from earlier this season at Beaver Creek. … It is the 21st top-20 finish for Andrew Weibrecht. … It is his second best finish at Val Gardena after a 15th in super G in 2009. … It is the 14th best Val Gardena result for Manuel Osborne-Paradis. … It is the eighth best career super G result for Travis Ganong.
  • Jansrud strengthens his lead of the World Cup overall standings 592-440 over Marcel Hirscher (did not race). … Dominik Paris is third with 345pts. … Ted Ligety (did not finish) holds sixth at 246pts. … Steven Nyman (did not finish) slips out of the top 10 into 11th with 177pts. … Manny Osborne-Paradis leads Canada in 14th with 153pts.
  • Jansrud leads the super G standings 280-200 over Hannes Reichelt. … Dominik Paris is third with 185pts. … Dustin Cook is 12th with 66pts and Andrew Weibrecht 17th with 49pts.
  • Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 1686-1075 over Italy. … France is third with 1013pts. … The U.S. is sixth at 726 and Canada eighth at 372pts.

 

Results

 1  20  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:33.87  0.00
 2  11  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:34.33  +0.46  5.29
 3  17  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:34.41  +0.54  6.21
 4  24  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:34.43  +0.56  6.44
 5  3  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:34.46  +0.59  6.79
 6  10  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:34.55  +0.68  7.82
 7  1  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  1:34.64  +0.77  8.86
 8  27  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:34.70  +0.83  9.55
 9  22  510727 DEFAGO Didier 1977 SUI  1:34.86  +0.99  11.39
 10  21  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:34.94  +1.07  12.31
 11  2  511352 VILETTA Sandro 1986 SUI  1:34.96  +1.09  12.54
 12  8  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:35.01  +1.14  13.12
 12  4  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN  1:35.01  +1.14  13.12
 14  15  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  1:35.09  +1.22  14.04
 15  54  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA  1:35.13  +1.26  14.50
 16  62  192932 FAYED Guillermo 1985 FRA  1:35.17  +1.30  14.96
 17  14  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  1:35.23  +1.36  15.65
 18  33  202196 BRANDNER Klaus 1990 GER  1:35.27  +1.40  16.11
 19  13  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:35.29  +1.42  16.34
 20  30  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:35.38  +1.51  17.37
 21  12  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA  1:35.42  +1.55  17.83
 22  40  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:35.47  +1.60  18.41
 23  37  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  1:35.52  +1.65  18.98
 24  29  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:35.53  +1.66  19.10
 25  61  510997 BERTHOD Marc 1983 SUI  1:35.56  +1.69  19.44
 26  28  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:35.59  +1.72  19.79
 27  46  150398 BANK Ondrej 1980 CZE  1:35.60  +1.73  19.90
 28  9  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:35.66  +1.79  20.59
 29  31  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:35.70  +1.83  21.05
 30  47  501076 OLSSON Hans 1984 SWE  1:35.72  +1.85  21.28
 30  34  511638 TUMLER Thomas 1989 SUI  1:35.72  +1.85  21.28
 32  63  201811 STECHERT Tobias 1985 GER  1:35.81  +1.94  22.32
 32  50  561067 PERKO Rok 1985 SLO  1:35.81  +1.94  22.32
 34  45  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:35.97  +2.10  24.16
 35  23  103612 PRIDY Morgan 1990 CAN  1:35.99  +2.12  24.39
 36  49  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:36.00  +2.13  24.51
 37  5  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  1:36.04  +2.17  24.97
 38  41  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:36.08  +2.21  25.43
 39  53  481705 GLEBOV Alexander 1983 RUS  1:36.10  +2.23  25.66
 40  25  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  1:36.18  +2.31  26.58
 41  51  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:36.23  +2.36  27.15
 42  35  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas 1989 USA  1:36.25  +2.38  27.38
 43  32  53933 SCHWEIGER Patrick 1990 AUT  1:36.37  +2.50  28.76
 44  44  202469 RENZ Fabio 1992 GER  1:36.43  +2.56  29.45
 45  52  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:36.48  +2.61  30.03
 46  42  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica 1979 CRO  1:36.59  +2.72  31.29
 47  59  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  1:36.66  +2.79  32.10
 48  57  293141 VARETTONI Silvano 1984 ITA  1:36.77  +2.90  33.37
 48  55  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan 1981 SUI  1:36.77  +2.90  33.37
 50  43  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:36.84  +2.97  34.17
 51  39  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA  1:37.07  +3.20  36.82
 52  56  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  1:37.14  +3.27  37.62
 53  36  6291029 BATTILANI Henri 1994 ITA  1:37.58  +3.71  42.68
 54  64  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS  1:37.60  +3.73  42.91
 55  58  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  1:37.61  +3.74  43.03
 56  48  422073 NETELAND Bjoernar 1991 NOR  1:37.62  +3.75  43.14
 57  60  422275 JOHANSEN Ola Buer 1993 NOR  1:37.90  +4.03  46.37
 58  66  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  1:39.16  +5.29  60.86
 59  65  370031 ALESSANDRIA Arnaud 1993 MON  1:39.70  +5.83  67.08
Did not start 1st run
 26  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR
Did not finish 1st run
 38  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA
 19  511139 KUENG Patrick 1984 SUI
 18  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA
 16  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT
 7  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA
 6  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA