First Super-G win for Peter Fill
Fifteen years after clinching gold in the specialty at the Junior World Championships in February 2002 which qualified him for the World Cup Finals at Flachau-Zauchensee, Italy's Peter Fill finally enjoyed his maiden World Cup victory in Super-G at Kvifjell, beating some of the most established experts after a nearly flawless run.
The 36-year-old Carabinieri from Bressanone, in Northern Italy, beat by 10/100 of a second former Super-G World Champion Hannes Reichelt from Austria, while Canada's Erik Guay, the newly crowned World Champion at St. Moritz, was 3rd at 23/100. The top-3 finishers are all very experienced speed specialists - and also some of the oldest participants today!
Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, the defending Super-G World Cup champion was 4th ahead of Switzerland's Beat Feuz while Kjetil Jansrud, the reigning Olympic Champion, was a satisfied 7th as this result helped him to assure him a new crystal globe in the specialty. His advance on Italy's Dominik Paris moved up to 137 points - more than enough with a single race let at the upcoming Finals in Aspen.
Fill, who clinched the downhill globe last season, and finished 2nd in Saturday's competition won by his great rival Jansrud, finished four times on the podium in a World Cup Super-G - yet he was still aiming for his first win in that specialty for a long time.
"It was a long wait for me to get that first Super-G win, so I'm really happy," said the Italian veteran afterwards. "I made a great run, no mistakes and everywhere a good line and good speed. It was perfect for me today. The whole form for the season was good, except in Val Gardena and the other day in the first downhill here in Kvitfjell. I was really bad at the top, no speed and a lot of mistakes, but yesterday and today was great. I hope now to bring my performance to Aspen. It's a really important race there."
A winner here in downhill two years ago, Hannes Reichelt was already 2nd in Super-G on that course in 2010. End of December he also came in 2nd in a Super-G race at Santa Caterina, in Italy, and won a downhill race end of January at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Yet he finished far from the podium at the FIS Worlds at St. Moritz - finishing 10th in Super-G and 17th in downhill.
"It's a nice result for me, I think I had a lot of luck with the sun," he commented afterwards. "The first start numbers had the bad light, and I think after ten or something weather was changing and we had some sun. That was luck, good that I had luck because two days ago I had some wind in the first race and that was the reason why I wasn't so fast in downhill."
"The second key today was to be aggressive, especially in parts where I did a good line. On the start I was saying, 'Ok, just ski like I inspect.' I had done my inspection and didn't hear too much on the radio, that was the key."
After two solid results in the recent downhill races here, Erik Guay finally reached the podium today - the second this winter in a World Cup Super-G.
"It's been great, you know," the Canadian veteran commented. "It's been a good weekend for me with fourth and sixth places in the downhill, but it's always fun to leave a race series with a bit of hardware. I'm happy with the way I skied today, and I'm excited to get back home to see my girls again. I don't feel particularly old, in fact I think that things are going better now for me. I'm happy physically and technically, and I'll keep charging. I think I keep improving like a fine wine."
Even though he didn't reach the podium a third time in a row as he did a few years ago, Kjetil Jansrud was very pleased by his day that brought him another crystal globe with a safe run down the Olympiabakke run.
"I didn't take all risks today, it was a solid run that allowed me to score enough points to remain out of reach of Dominik Paris in the Super-G standings," he explained. "I could have been a little more aggressive but I didn't want to blow my chances today. After my arrival I spoke to my teammates at the start to be ski harder - just too bad that Aleksander Kilde missed the podium by only a few hundredths."
Kjetil Jansrud may now take a well deserved break to perfectly prepare the next speed races at Aspen, in Colorado. "I was thinking about racing next weekend at Kranjska Gora, but my doctors think it would make more sense for me to rest a little to fully recover from my flu from St. Moritz."
Another skier from Norway also achieved a promising result - Bjoernar Neteland came in 16th despite his start-number 37.