Nor­way’s Jan­srud wins Val Gar­dena su­per-G

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Olympic cham­pion Kjetil Jan­srud and Nor­we­gian team­mate Alek­sander Aamodt Kilde fin­ished 1-2 in a su­per-G yesterday to ex­tend their coun­try’s re­cent dom­i­nance in Val Gar­dena - and in the World Cup speed events.

It could have been an­other podium sweep for the “At­tack­ing Vik­ings” but Ak­sel Lund Svin­dal wasted a fast start to his run with two ma­jor mis­takes, ul­ti­mately ski­ing through a gate and not fin­ish­ing.

Jan­srud clocked 1 minute, 31.99 sec­onds down the Sas­long course, fin­ish­ing 0.06 sec­onds ahead of Kilde and 0.13 in front of Cana­dian vet­eran Erik Guay. Olympic down­hill cham­pion Matthias Mayer of Aus­tria fin­ished fourth, 0.48 be­hind, as he re­turned to the site of a hor­rific crash a year ago which ended his sea­son. Olympic com­bined cham­pion San­dro Viletta was air­lifted off the course by he­li­copter af­ter crash­ing and brought to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear what type of in­juries the Swiss racer had.

Jan­srud has now won all three speed races this sea­son. He swept a su­per-G and down­hill in Val d’Isere, France, ear­lier this month. Last year in Val Gar­dena, Svin­dal, Jan­srud and Kilde fin­ished 1-2-3 for Nor­way in the su­per-G. Nor­we­gians have won the Val Gar­dena su­per-G five con­sec­u­tive times, with Svin­dal post­ing three vic­to­ries and Jan­srud two. — AP

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