Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud wins his third Super-G title – with a record time of 1:33.21 – rounding up Norway’s winning streak in the Men’s World Cup Super-G to seven seasons!
Jansrud secured his third discipline title in four years – he also took the Super-G titles in 2014-15 and last season. He also won Olympic bronze in Pyeongchang last month, adding to his gold from the Sochi Games four years ago and silver from the 2017 world championships.
His Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal (2011-2014) and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (2016) also won the discipline title in recent years – making Norway the team to watch out for.
They’ve matched the winning streak set by Austria who have previously won the super-G title seven years in a row from 1998-2004. Now it’s Norways time to shine.
In an interview with ESPN, Jansrud shared his excitement for the win.
“I am a bit proud,” Jansrud said. “The globe means alot to me. It’s really great to get it for racing well during the whole season.”
Fellow Norwegian skier, Aksel Lund Svindal, was Jansrud’s closest competitor in this seasons standing, but he failed to finish the run from missing a gate after landing a long jump.
“The course was brutally fast, almost like a downhill,” Svinal said. “So the jump was bigger than expected. A stupid mistake but it can happen.”
Svindal’s miss enables Jansrud to gain a huge 138 point lead ahead of the season-ending race at the World Cup finals in Sweden.
“It went well but I am not unbeatable,” said Jansrud. “It was my plan to ski fast and try to decide the fight for the globe today,” he said. “Now I can really enjoy the finals.”
Olympic super-G champion Matthias Mayer trailed Jansrud by just 0.18 halfway down his run but the Austrian caught a bump and skied through a gate.
“It’s a shame Aksel and Matthias went out,” Jansrud said. “They were both strong so it could have been a different race.”
It was Jansrud’s 21st career win, matching the career tally of 1994 overall champion Kjetil Andre Aamodt. Svindal is the only Norwegian skier with more wins.
Jansrud became the only skier to win multiple super-G races this season. He won the opener in Beaver Creek, Colorado, in December but the next three events were all won by different racers.
“The season was good,” he said. “Maybe a few wins less than last year but in the end I have a good feeling. I can really enjoy it.”