Jan­srud claims Santa Ca­te­rina su­per-G

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Not since Hermann Maier has a skier dom­i­nated in su­per-G the way Kjetil Jan­srud is do­ing this sea­son.

The Nor­we­gian yesterday be­came only the sec­ond man to win the first three su­per-G races of the sea­son af­ter Aus­trian great Hermann Maier, who ac­com­plished the feat twice - in 1997-98 and 1999-2000.

“Look­ing at his ca­reer and mine, I’m not even com­pa­ra­ble to him,” Jan­srud said. It was the 18th win of Jan­srud’s World Cup ca­reer, match­ing him with Lasse Kjus for third place among Nor­we­gian men be­hind Ak­sel Lund Svin­dal (32) and Kjetil An­dre Aamodt (21).

While Svin­dal and Aamodt may still be in range for Jan­srud, catch­ing Maier, who is sec­ond on the all-time list with 54 wins, is un­likely. “Just to be men­tioned to­gether with his name is quite un­be­liev­able,” Jan­srud said.

Jan­srud, the Olympic cham­pion, fin­ished 0.60 sec­onds ahead of Hannes Re­ichelt of Aus­tria and 0.65 in front of Do­minik Paris of Italy. “Stand­ing here with three wins is quite ex­tra­or­di­nary,” Jan­srud said. “But I’ve got to stay hum­ble be­cause I know there are a lot of great skiers around. For sure I’ll try to con­tinue win­ning but I’ve got to take one day at a time.”

In an­other strong day for Nor­way, Jan­srud’s team­mates Alek­sander Aamodt Kilde fin­ished fourth and Adrian Smiseth Se­jer­sted was a ca­reer-best ninth.

Svin­dal is sit­ting out this week’s races to rest a sore knee. It’s been an up-and-down year for the 36-year-old Re­ichelt, the reign­ing world cham­pion in su­per-G.

In Jan­uary, Re­ichelt sus­tained bruises and a mild con­cus­sion in a crash at the clas­sic race in Kitzbue­hel. Then shortly af­ter get­ting mar­ried over the sum­mer, he had surgery to re­pair a her­ni­ated disk in his back in Septem­ber.

“I’m re­ally pleased to be back on the podium so soon,” Re­ichelt said. “My goal was to be back in top shape for Jan­uary so this gives me a lot of con­fi­dence.”

It was the sec­ond podium re­sult for Paris in su­per-G this sea­son. “I love down­hill but lately I’ve been do­ing better in su­per-G,” the Ital­ian said. As usual in Santa Ca­te­rina, vis­i­bil­ity was dif­fi­cult with the Deb­o­rah Com­pagnoni course al­most en­tirely in the shade. The top Amer­i­can was Tommy Biese­meyer in a ca­reer-best eighth, which was quite an achieve­ment with the No. 45 bib. Also, two-time Olympic su­per-G medal­ist An­drew Weibrecht fin­ished 12th.

Biese­meyer was also quick in down­hill train­ing a day ear­lier. The Keene, New York, skier is start­ing to see the re­sults of fo­cus­ing ex­clu­sively on the speed events of down­hill and su­per-G this sea­son, hav­ing pre­vi­ously also raced giant slalom.

“This kind of hill, this kind of snow and course set plays into my fa­vor,” Biese­meyer said. “I look at this kind of course and see con­fi­dence, whereas some other cour­ses I don’t and that is a re­flec­tion of my re­sults. It’s a huge step. And I think there’s more speed out there and that’s very mo­ti­vat­ing.”

Not a speed spe­cial­ist, over­all World Cup leader Mar­cel Hirscher fin­ished 47th and failed to gain any points. Still, the Aus­trian holds a com­fort­able lead of 151 points over Jan­srud in the over­all stand­ings.

In the su­per-G stand­ings, Jan­srud has a per­fect 300 points and is 148 ahead of Paris. This was the first time that a men’s su­per-G was con­tested on the Com­pagnoni course. The race was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Lake Louise, Al­berta, ear­lier this sea­son but was moved due to a lack of snow in the Cana­dian re­sort. — AP

SANTA CA­TE­RINA: Nor­way’s Kjetil Jan­srud cel­e­brates win­ning dur­ing an alpine ski, men’s World Cup Su­per G, in Santa Ca­te­rina, Italy, yesterday. — AP

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