Jansrud, Streitberger share win in Kvitfjell downhill
Canadian Erik Guay finishes 4th
Olympic super-G champion Kjetil Jansrud mastered difficult racing conditions on his favorite home slope Friday in Kvitfjell, Norway, to share a World Cup downhill win with Austrian rival Georg Streitberger.
With poor visibility due to rain and fog, Jansrud and Streitberger clocked one minute 5.72 seconds.
It was a second career World Cup win for Jansrud, who took gold in the super-G and earned a bronze in downhill at the Sochi Olympics. For the 32-year-old Streitberger, who had only one previous podium finish, it was a first victory.
"Sharing or not sharing, it's still a win. It's a cool thing," Jansrud said. "One minute and five seconds and you manage to go inside the same hundredth, it's pretty exciting."
American skier Travis Ganong finished 0.12 behind in third for his first podium finish, continuing his good late-season form after an impressive fifth-place finish in the downhill at the Olympics. His previous best in a World Cup race was seventh place, twice.
Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was 0.23 back in fourth place.
"I felt like my run was a podium finish but the conditions were tough today," Guay said in an Alpine Canada release. "With the rain and fog, and from my start number, there’s not much more I could have done.
"After the Olympics, it’s good to get back on the World Cup Tour and start strong. I want to keep this going to the end of the season and perform as well as I can. I just want to finish on a good note."
Manuel Osborne-Paradis of North Vancouver, B.C., was 25th, three spots ahead of Jeffrey Frisch of Mont-Tremblant.
Other Canadians who competed included Olympic bronze medallist Jan Hudec of Calgary (44th), Conrad Pridy of Whistler, B.C., (48th), Ben Thomsen of Invermere, B.C. (50th), and Morgan Pridy (52th).
The last time two men shared a win was in December 2012, when Dominik Paris of Italy and Hannes Reichelt of Austria beat Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway by .01.
In women's racing, there was tie at the Olympics with Tina Maze of Slovenia sharing the women's downhill gold medal with Dominique Gisin of Switzerland.
Jansrud now has 13 career podiums, four of those in Kvitfjell.
Two years ago, the 28-year-old Norwegian was on the podium for three straight days: winning a super-G race, finishing second in downhill and third in another super-G. He could repeat that hat trick this year, with a downhill set for Saturday and a super-G on Sunday.
Svindal finished fifth on Friday, 0.37 adrift, and was again upstaged by Jansrud.
Svindal couldn't reach the podium at the Olympics, with the two-time overall World Cup champion finishing fourth in the downhill, eighth in the super-combined and seventh in the super-G.
He leads the discipline standings with 485 points, with Guay in fifth place.
Italy's Christof Innerhofer — who won two medals at Sochi, including a silver in downhill — thought the race should have been called off. He finished 14th.
"I think it's bad to race with these conditions, because I don't think it's good PR, for the ski World Cup," Innerhofer said. "The snow is dead, you feel nothing. You cannot [make] the difference here. There's almost no turns, no difficult turns, [you] can't push really hard."
With files from CBCSports.ca