LAKE LOUISE,CANADA,26.NOV.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill, training, men. Image shows Kjetil Jansrud (NOR). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Mario Kneisl

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – The World Cup men took a second crack at the downhill course in Lake Louise on Thursday under partly sunny skies and slightly warmer temperatures than the day before. Kjetil Jansrud improved on his earlier performance (second place on Wednesday) to lay down the fastest run ahead of the U.S. Ski Team’s Travis Ganong and Austrian Max Franz.

“I don’t have the best feelings actually up there in the training run. But then again the speeds are higher than the last one and also a little more rally under the foot – there are some ruts in there, so it doesn’t feel too good, but I’m glad I’m fast and we’ll see how it goes,” said a smiling Jansrud in the finish area.

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Ganong was just 0.13 seconds off the Attacking Viking’s pace, and he is thrilled with the challenge of the slope including terrain that hasn’t been in play before.

“They had a lot more snow early season than normal, so they were able to build all this terrain and just make the track really fun to ski. Normally they barely get it off and just cover the grass but now there’s so much snow that they can build rollers and make the snow really firm and hard and it makes it really fun to ski. It’s a totally different Lake Louise than in the last years.”

After a lackluster performance by the Austrian squad in the opening training run, Franz led his team in third while Matthias Mayer was a half-second in touch of Jansrud in fourth.

“Yesterday, my inspection was not so good, and I misjudged some sections. We watched the video and I could adapt my line in those sections today, be more aggressive and more active,” said Franz. “I did a little mistake at the entrance of the fallaway, I was a little late, skied more meters than necessary, so I couldn’t carry as much speed as I wanted for the last section.”

The fastest skier from Wednesday, Aksel Lund Svindal, was a close fifth. Despite some trouble in the air, American Steven Nyman found speed in the middle of the course and was able to hold onto eighth, within a second of Jansrud.

The men will have their last day for practice on the track tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s opening downhill race of the season.


Results

 1 16 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:48.97
 2 12 530874GANONG Travis1988USA 1:49.10 +0.13
 3 9 53817FRANZ Max1989AUT 1:49.20 +0.23
 4 20 53902MAYER Matthias1990AUT 1:49.47 +0.50
 5 19 421328SVINDAL Aksel Lund1982NOR 1:49.53 +0.56
 6 8 102263GUAY Erik1981CAN 1:49.72 +0.75
 7 36 194542GIRAUD MOINE Valentin1992FRA 1:49.83 +0.86
 8 15 533866NYMAN Steven1982USA 1:49.88 +0.91
 9 7 202059FERSTL Josef1988GER 1:49.89 +0.92
 10 6 292514HEEL Werner1982ITA 1:50.04 +1.07
 11 11 511313JANKA Carlo1986SUI 1:50.15 +1.18
 12 31 560447SPORN Andrej1981SLO 1:50.20 +1.23
 13 10 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 1:50.21 +1.24
 14 55 194167MUZATON Maxence1990FRA 1:50.24 +1.27
 15 1 191964POISSON David1982FRA 1:50.32 +1.35
 16 51 194190ROGER Brice1990FRA 1:50.42 +1.45
 17 60 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:50.45 +1.48
 18 26 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:50.48 +1.51
 19 38 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 1:50.49 +1.52
 20 22 192932FAYED Guillermo1985FRA 1:50.66 +1.69
 21 33 53933SCHWEIGER Patrick1990AUT 1:50.67 +1.70
 22 48 561255CATER Martin1992SLO 1:50.68 +1.71
 23 35 530939WEIBRECHT Andrew1986USA 1:50.70 +1.73
 24 17 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT 1:50.78 +1.81
 25 13 50858STREITBERGER Georg1981AUT 1:50.81 +1.84
 26 40 200379SANDER Andreas1989GER 1:50.90 +1.93
 27 41 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 1:50.96 +1.99
 28 37 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 1:50.99 +2.02
 28 27 50753KROELL Klaus1980AUT 1:50.99 +2.02
 30 50 380292ZRNCIC DIM Natko1986CRO 1:51.00 +2.03
 31 69 192504MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas1984FRA 1:51.02 +2.05
 31 3 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 1:51.02 +2.05
 33 59 293550MARSAGLIA Matteo1985ITA 1:51.11 +2.14
 34 61 561067PERKO Rok1985SLO 1:51.14 +2.17
 34 32 103762WERRY Tyler1991CAN 1:51.14 +2.17
 36 64 6530104BENNETT Bryce1992USA 1:51.16 +2.19
 37 4 54005STRIEDINGER Otmar1991AUT 1:51.19 +2.22
 38 25 293006INNERHOFER Christof1984ITA 1:51.23 +2.26
 39 21 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 1:51.24 +2.27
 40 63 51332SCHEIBER Florian1987AUT 1:51.26 +2.29
 41 54 202196BRANDNER Klaus1990GER 1:51.28 +2.31
 41 53 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA 1:51.28 +2.31
 43 43 511529GISIN Marc1988SUI 1:51.29 +2.32
 44 52 512124HINTERMANN Niels1995SUI 1:51.31 +2.34
 45 56 930024MAPLE Wiley1990USA 1:51.33 +2.36
 46 30 191740CLAREY Johan1981FRA 1:51.35 +2.38
 46 18 511139KUENG Patrick1984SUI 1:51.35 +2.38
 48 34 53936DUERAGER Markus1990AUT 1:51.42 +2.45
 49 5 511352VILETTA Sandro1986SUI 1:51.53 +2.56
 50 24 533131SULLIVAN Marco1980USA 1:51.61 +2.64
 50 2 103271THOMSEN Benjamin1987CAN 1:51.61 +2.64
 52 14 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:51.65 +2.68
 53 28 293141VARETTONI Silvano1984ITA 1:51.74 +2.77
 54 65 511638TUMLER Thomas1989SUI 1:51.91 +2.94
 55 29 102899OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel1984CAN 1:51.96 +2.99
 56 46 294277KLOTZ Siegmar1987ITA 1:51.98 +3.01
 57 45 103512FRISCH Jeffrey1984CAN 1:52.07 +3.10
 58 66 110324VON APPEN Henrik1994CHI 1:52.09 +3.12
 59 62 511808SCHMED Fernando1991SUI 1:52.16 +3.19
 60 57 511847MANI Nils1992SUI 1:52.39 +3.42
 61 49 180570ROMAR Andreas1989FIN 1:52.42 +3.45
 62 68 380260KOSTELIC Ivica1979CRO 1:52.47 +3.50
 63 73 481327TRIKHICHEV Pavel1992RUS 1:52.72 +3.75
 64 71 104096THOMPSON Broderick1994CAN 1:52.95 +3.98
 65 58 481514BORODAYKIN Artem1994RUS 1:53.29 +4.32
 66 74 430429BYDLINSKI Maciej1988POL 1:53.39 +4.42
 67 67 6531127DUFFY Drew1995USA 1:53.40 +4.43
 68 42 54099MAYRPETER Thomas1992AUT 1:53.41 +4.44
 69 23 150398BANK Ondrej1980CZE 1:53.59 +4.62
 70 72 380341ULLRICH Max1994CRO 1:53.64 +4.67
 71 70 103612PRIDY Morgan1990CAN 1:54.62 +5.65
Did not start 1st run
 75 534959JITLOFF Tim1985USA
 47 102271HUDEC Jan1981CAN
 39 934643GOLDBERG Jared1991USA
Did not finish 1st run
 44 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER