BEAVER CREEK,COLORADO,USA,02.DEC.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill training, men. Image shows Kjetil Jansrud (NOR). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christian Walgram

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – Comfortable temperatures and bluebird skies greeted the men of the World Cup tour as they kicked off action at the 2015 Audi Birds of Prey with the first of two downhill training runs.

Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud set the pace at 1:44.04 seconds, 0.25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Carlo Janka, though the Swiss skier admitted to missing at least three gates during his run. A total of 20 starters failed to complete the entire course with legal passage.

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“It’s a difficult downhill. It’s a technical, tough downhill but it still has some really nice flow to it from edge to edge, it feels nice,” Jansrud said of the track. “It’s one of the coolest downhills of the year. I like the downhill, and hopefully I’ll like it as much on Friday.”

Jansrud, who left last weekend’s Lake Louise races empty-handed despite strong training runs, expressed some frustration but was quick to look ahead to the coming races in Beaver Creek.  “I don’t know, it’s hard, so the skiing is really, really good and then parts were really bad. I lost a lot in the bottom sections,” he said. “I was still winning training runs with a bad bottom section, and I think Saturday, maybe I just wanted it a little too much, but I still was fast in the flat sections. Sunday I skied a pretty good super G, but lost in the flat sections. So I’m doing some minor adjustments to my equipment and hopefully I’ll take away those things.”

Leading the American contingent was Steven Nyman in 10th, 0.79 seconds off of Jansrud. Nyman not only spoke of his own performance, but pointed towards the speed of the men’s team as a whole.

“What’s good is we have speed: Travis getting on the podium in Lake Louise, I had great training runs, I know I have speed. Training with the Norwegians (in Copper), beating them in training, knowing we’re right there, it’s cool. This is one of those tracks where I know I can do well on it just because I have three podiums here. It’s gonna be fun this weekend.”

Norwegian young gun Aleksander Aamodt Kilde continued his streak of attack-from-the-back skiing, coming from the 58th start position to end up seventh, just ahead of his teammate and last week’s downhill and super G double winner, Aksel Lund Svindal.

Bode Miller, who is working as an analyst for NBC this week, foreran the course this morning on his new Bomber Ski set-up.

“It’s tough to jump in a course like this with a set-up that I wasn’t exactly 100 percent confident on, but the skis were amazing,” Miller said. “I just have to make a couple of adjustments. It was fun.”

A second training run is scheduled for Thurdsay, Dec. 3, before racing action gets underway on Friday, Dec. 4.


Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.
 1 16 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:44.04
 2 8 511313JANKA Carlo1986SUI 1:44.29 +0.25
 3 2 202059FERSTL Josef1988GER 1:44.30 +0.26
 4 6 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:44.32 +0.28
 5 10 192932FAYED Guillermo1985FRA 1:44.35 +0.31
 6 12 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT 1:44.65 +0.61
 7 58 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:44.71 +0.67
 8 20 421328SVINDAL Aksel Lund1982NOR 1:44.73 +0.69
 9 14 53902MAYER Matthias1990AUT 1:44.79 +0.75
 10 18 533866NYMAN Steven1982USA 1:44.83 +0.79
 10 9 53817FRANZ Max1989AUT 1:44.83 +0.79
 12 28 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 1:45.09 +1.05
 13 7 50858STREITBERGER Georg1981AUT 1:45.13 +1.09
 14 53 194167MUZATON Maxence1990FRA 1:45.44 +1.40
 15 51 194190ROGER Brice1990FRA 1:45.53 +1.49
 15 19 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:45.53 +1.49
 17 26 293006INNERHOFER Christof1984ITA 1:45.62 +1.58
 18 1 191740CLAREY Johan1981FRA 1:45.67 +1.63
 19 37 194542GIRAUD MOINE Valentin1992FRA 1:45.74 +1.70
 19 17 511139KUENG Patrick1984SUI 1:45.74 +1.70
 21 11 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 1:45.76 +1.72
 22 57 293550MARSAGLIA Matteo1985ITA 1:45.82 +1.78
 23 35 53933SCHWEIGER Patrick1990AUT 1:45.86 +1.82
 23 15 102263GUAY Erik1981CAN 1:45.86 +1.82
 25 40 934643GOLDBERG Jared1991USA 1:45.87 +1.83
 26 41 200379SANDER Andreas1989GER 1:45.90 +1.86
 27 36 530939WEIBRECHT Andrew1986USA 1:45.97 +1.93
 28 52 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA 1:46.12 +2.08
 29 59 561067PERKO Rok1985SLO 1:46.16 +2.12
 30 54 202196BRANDNER Klaus1990GER 1:46.18 +2.14
 31 38 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 1:46.22 +2.18
 32 29 191964POISSON David1982FRA 1:46.24 +2.20
 33 4 102899OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel1984CAN 1:46.41 +2.37
 34 13 530874GANONG Travis1988USA 1:46.44 +2.40
 35 39 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 1:46.50 +2.46
 36 43 511529GISIN Marc1988SUI 1:46.53 +2.49
 36 5 50753KROELL Klaus1980AUT 1:46.53 +2.49
 38 24 511352VILETTA Sandro1986SUI 1:46.57 +2.53
 39 30 54005STRIEDINGER Otmar1991AUT 1:46.59 +2.55
 40 33 560447SPORN Andrej1981SLO 1:46.63 +2.59
 41 42 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 1:46.72 +2.68
 42 25 293141VARETTONI Silvano1984ITA 1:46.90 +2.86
 43 3 103271THOMSEN Benjamin1987CAN 1:46.92 +2.88
 44 21 292514HEEL Werner1982ITA 1:46.96 +2.92
 45 50 380292ZRNCIC DIM Natko1986CRO 1:47.02 +2.98
 46 22 533131SULLIVAN Marco1980USA 1:47.03 +2.99
 47 27 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 1:47.33 +3.29
 48 60 511808SCHMED Fernando1991SUI 1:47.36 +3.32
 49 45 103512FRISCH Jeffrey1984CAN 1:47.41 +3.37
 50 44 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER 1:47.43 +3.39
 51 34 103762WERRY Tyler1991CAN 1:47.62 +3.58
 52 56 511847MANI Nils1992SUI 1:47.63 +3.59
 53 49 180570ROMAR Andreas1989FIN 1:47.65 +3.61
 54 46 294277KLOTZ Siegmar1987ITA 1:47.69 +3.65
 55 23 150398BANK Ondrej1980CZE 1:48.07 +4.03
 56 48 561255CATER Martin1992SLO 1:48.16 +4.12
 57 32 53831HIRSCHER Marcel1989AUT 1:50.81 +6.77
Did not start 1st run
 55 930024MAPLE Wiley1990USA
 47 102271HUDEC Jan1981CAN
 31 534562LIGETY Ted1984USA