KVITFJELL, Norway — Kjetil Jansrud secured the men’s World Cup super-G title by winning the penultimate race of the season on Sunday, while Canadian Manny Osborne-Paradis raced to a season-best fifth place.
Jansrud’s closest challenger in the discipline standings, Norwegian teammate Aksel Lund Svindal, failed to finish his run, enabling Jansrud to build a 134-point lead with only the season-ending race in Sweden on Thursday remaining. Jansrud won the super-G globe twice before — in 2014-15 and last season.
Osborne-Paradis, just 0.11 seconds off the podium, has qualified him for the World Cup Finals at season end. The 33-year-old was putting up top-ten splits, right through to the finish where he made up time to cross the line in the top five.
Benjamin Thomsen of Invermere, B.C., put down his best super-G result since 2014, finishing in 21st place.
Dustin Cook of Lac-Ste-Marie, Que., was just outside the top 20, finishing in 24th place in a time of 1:34.36. Broderick Thompson of Whistler, B.C., just missed out on a top 30 World Cup super-G finish, finishing 34th.
Kjetil Jansrud stretched Norway’s winning streak in the men’s World Cup super-G to a record-equalling seven seasons.
Jansrud secured his third discipline title in four years by winning the penultimate race of the season. His Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal (2012-14) and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (2016) also won the globe in recent years.
Norway matched the best mark set by Austria, which won the super-G title seven years in a row from 1998-2004.
“I am a bit proud,” Jansrud said. “The globe means a lot to me. It’s really great to get it for racing well during the whole season.”
Svindal was Jansrud’s closest challenger in this season’s standings but he failed to finish his run. He missed a gate after landing a long jump.
“The course was brutally fast, almost like a downhill,” Svindal said. “So the jump was bigger than expected. A stupid mistake but it can happen.”
Svindal’s mishap enabled Jansrud to build an insurmountable 138-point lead with only the season-ending race at the World Cup finals in Sweden on Thursday remaining.
“It went well but I am not unbeatable,” said Jansrud, who 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.
“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.”
– The Associated Press, staff reports. Photo: Alpine Canada/GEPA
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