Dominik Paris out of reach at Kvitfjell
Less than a month after clinching gold in Super-G at the recent FIS Worlds organized at Are, in Sweden, Italy’s Dominik Paris achieved another impressive performance at Kvitfjell, winning his second race within twenty-four hours beating by nearly half a second Norway’s favorite Kjetil Jansrud. It was his fifth season win on the World Cup tour – his fourteenth in total in his career. Photo Scanpix NTB.
By Patrick Lang
Jansrud, a seven-time winner at Kvitfjell in past years, clocked the fastest intermediate times on the challenging Olympiabakken run but lost too much time and the race in the lower part where Paris skied like a rocket.
Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, 2nd in Saturday’s downhill race also dominated by Paris, was 3rd at 60/100, his best result this winter in the specialty.
Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayer, 4th only 22/100 of a second from the podium, lost his lead of the intermediate Super-G standings with only one race left on the calendar scheduled in two weeks in Andorra, during the 2019 World Cup Finals.
Paris is now leading those rankings with 330 points, 44 more than Kriechmayer while Norway’s Aleksander Kilde, 6th this time, is now 3rd with a delay of 63 points, just one point ahead of his teammate Jansrud.
Austria’s Matthias, the reigning Olympic Champion in the specialty, was a distant 12th and moved back to 5th place in the Super-G classifications at 75 points.
A great crystal chance for Paris.
Dominik Paris was pretty excited to have repeated his stunning performance done last December in Bormio, crushing again the rest of the field two days in a row, a feat that only few champions accomplished in past decades at Kvitfjell, such as Austria’s Klaus Kroell in 2012 or Hermann Maier in 2005.
“I really moved at my limits today, but I greatly enjoyed it,” he said after the race. “It’s fun and exciting. It means a lot for me to take over the lead in those standings. The crystal globe represents a lot to me but I know I’ll have to fight hard till the last meter in Andorra,” the tall Italian added.
"In Super-G it makes a great difference if you can let run your skis as much as possible, and I did so today. I definitely took some risks, but I always let the skis run to the maximum. I made some small line errors, but I was very fast and kept pushing. It went really well again, the result is just great.”
"This year I think I improved my level in many ways,” Paris also commented. “I have more experience, I benefit from constant development of my equipment and my confidence is also growing race after race. This allows me to approach my limit in each race.” This winter, Dominik finished in fact four Super-G World Cup races on the podium confirming his consistent form in that specialty.
"The globe is really close this time, but it's better to talk about it after the Finals, as everything can happen in Super-G. It’s quite easy to make a mistake that can compromise the final victory. I've never skied on the course in Andorra, it surely will be interesting for all of us.”
11th podium for Jansrud at Kvitfjell.
Kjetil Jansrud was pleased to be back on the podium after his disappointing result in downhill on Saturday. It was his eleventh World Cup podium in Kvitfjell in total. “You know I grew up not far from here and I know this course really well, I skied it so often since I was a kid also without gates. I just feel comfortable here,” he explained. “It’s also very motivating to compete in front of the home crowd and my friends and members of my family. Of course I was a little disappointed to see the red light over the timing board after my race, but I soon felt okay now with that 2nd place.”
“ It has been a strange season with a lot of ups and downs and this great moment at Are. I made again a few mistakes today but I am happy. Dominik is skiing really really well, so it’s tough to challenge him on such a course. It’s his fifth season win this winter, he has been strong and consistent all the time. I feel in good shape again and I’ll give him a run for his money in Andorra. It’ll be fine to go for it again. I have nothing to lose.”
Kjetil Jansrud in Super-G in Kvitfjell. Photo: Scanpix NTB.
Interestingly enough, the Norwegian team has monopolized the Super-G Crystal Globe in past years capturing it a total of seven times since 2012.
The next men’s competitions are planned during the coming weekend at Kranjska Gora, in Slovenia, were a giant slalom and a slalom are scheduled on the treacherous ‘Podgoren’ course.