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Olympic champ Kjetil Jansrud wins super-G in Kvitfjell

Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway overcame tricky racing conditions on his favourite home course to win a World Cup super-G race on Sunday ahead of Switzerland's Patrick Kueng.

Canadians Osborne-Paradis 8th, Erik Guay 9th

Kjetil Jansrud of Norway takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Super-G on March 02, 2014 in Kvitfjell, Norway. (Jonas Ericsson/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway overcame tricky racing conditions on his favourite home course to win a World Cup super-G race on Sunday ahead of Switzerland's Patrick Kueng.

Jansrud, who won gold in super-G at the Sochi Olympics last month, finished 0.26 seconds ahead of Kueng and 0.33 clear of Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer of Austria.

It was a third career World Cup win for Jansrud, who also earned a bronze in downhill at Sochi, and all of those victories have been in this Norwegian resort of Kvitfjell.

"It was really tough today," Jansrud said. "My coach said 'watch out in the bottom part because if you want to take this home you're gonna have to really ski faster.' So I just tried a mix between attacking it and also being smart."

Jansrud's win followed his victory in Friday's downhill, while Mayer took his second podium of the weekend after a third place in Saturday's downhill.

"Alpine skiing is not a sport where you can just turn up and win. There's a lot of people fighting for the victory all the time," Jansrud said. "Being able to grab two out of three is something extraordinary. It's a fantastic weekend for me."

Canada's Osborne-Paradis 8th

Vancouver's Manuel Osborne-Paradis finished a season-best eighth place followed in ninth by Erik Guay, of Mont-Tremblant, Que.

Olympic bronze medallist Jan Hudec of Calgary was 18th while Ben Thomsen of Invermere, B.C., was 22nd.

Osborne-Paradis, Guay and Hudec each advanced to the World Cup finals in both downhill and super-G.

Racers contended with grey, overcast skies and visibility was made worse by persistent snowfall.

"It was flat light. We kind of knew that from the morning though, with a little fog on top. It makes it like a white sheet," Jansrud said. "At least the light wasn't changing, that's the most important thing."

Several failed to finish, including Italy's Christof Innerhofer — a silver medallist in downhill at Sochi — and Czech skier Ondrej Bank, who had a heavy fall.

Hopes for a home podium double were dashed when overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal finished .44 behind in fourth place.

The 28-year-old Jansrud, who grew up near the course, has 14 career podiums, five of them in Kvitfjell.

Two years ago, he was on the podium for three straight days: Winning a super-G, finishing second in downhill and third in another super-G. Jansrud missed out on another home hat trick because he finished fifth in Saturday's downhill.

The 29-year-old Kueng secured a third podium finish of the season — he won a super-G at Beaver Creek and a downhill at Wengen — and fifth of his career.

"After (finishing) 12th in the two downhills I was not so happy and the conditions were not easy," Kueng said. "In the middle (section) I was really good."

For Mayer, it was the fourth career podium, three of those in super-G.

All three days of racing were marred by poor weather conditions.

Svindal looked odds-on for a podium place, leading Kueng in the first three time splits before losing time on the bottom. Jansrud started soon after Svindal and showed his rival how to do it, waving his ski pole to the delighted crowd.

"It's not a coincidence, I've been outside the podium three (races) in a row now," said the 31-year-old Svindal, who was fifth and sixth in this weekend's downhills. "It's not luck or bad luck. I'm just not good enough right now. Sometimes you just have everything and everything works perfect, sometimes it doesn't and you just have to work hard for every meter."

However, it was enough for Svindal to clinch the super-G title — he leads Kueng by 107 points with one super-G race remaining — and extended his overall lead to 77 points over two-time defending champion Marcel Hirscher. Svindal has already clinched the overall downhill title.

American Travis Ganong was confident after placing third in Friday's downhill and fourth in Saturday's downhill. But he was hampered by a late starting number — 28 — and the snow was falling hard when he failed to finish his run. Countryman Andrew Weibrecht, silver medallist in super-G at Sochi, was seventh and Bode Miller 12th, despite being faster than Kueng on the first two time splits.

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