Lake Louise, Canada – Light overnight snowfall gave work to the course crew of the Lake Louise World Cup, but nothing the hardworking sleddogs cannot handle and today’s super-g could kick off as scheduled at 12h00 LOC / 20h00 CET. Unfortunately, snow and rain fall started again as the race was progressing.
After a 5th place yesterday, the Norwegian attacking Viking Kjetil Jansrud was able to pull out a strong run again today and claimed the top spot of the podium. Last season, he started with three SG wins in a row. “Winning the race proves that you are on the right track, so I’m very happy with my win today in Lake Louise,” said Jansrud.
A duo of Austrians completed the podium, with Max Franz (+0.28) and Hannes Reichelt (+0.32). Franz’s first World Cup win came last season in the downhill in Val Gardena and Hannes Reichelt could even claim two wins in the downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the super-g in Aspen. After Matthias Mayer taking second place tomorrow, the Austrian team positions itself as a very strong speed team for the upcoming season.
The ladies will now take over the hill in Lake Louise for speed events next week, and the men’s World Cup Tour is moving to Beaver Creek for a packed program with a super-g on Friday, a downhill on Saturday and a giant slalom on Sunday.
Beat Feuz takes the win at the downhill in Lake Louise
Switzerland’s Beat Feuz is the reigning World Champion and first winner of the season at the Lake Louise downhill.
8th in yesterday’s training run, the Downhill World Champion from St. Moritz 2017 laid down a strong run, especially in the lower part. With bib n°7, he was able to score a time of 1: 43:76 that no one could undermatch after him. “Beginning the season with a win is the best thing that can happen. I had a great summer preparation, without any injuries and am very happy about how things turned out here, especially as I’m not performing very well here usually,” said the reigning World Champion.
In second position, Matthias Mayer was also able to call up the good sensations he had during summer training and claim a podium spot. The Austrian is used to the podium in Lake Louise, has he climbed on it at the last three super-gs, but this year, the defending downhill Olympic Champion was able to clinch a podium spot in this disciplines as well.
The “King of the Comebacks” Aksel Lund Svindal striked again in Lake Louise! He suffered another knee injury last season and had to put an end to his season prematurely, but as in the past three years, his comeback in Lake Louise is a success. The Norwegian takes the 3rd place of today’s downhill race.