Georg Streitberger used bib number 1 to its full advantage as he shared the win in the first of two downhills scheduled for Kvitfjell with Kjetil Jansrud. With poor weather forcing the course to be shortened to its minimum length and rain threatening the race actually happening, the two HEAD World Cup Rebels shared a famous win with Travis Ganong taking third.
Streitberger was the first man down the shortened track and despite there having been a training run in the morning, Streitberger used bib number one to the maximum advantage: “I have to say, it was a shortened downhill and the conditions were difficult, but I am glad I was able to make 100 points. I pulled number one. I tried to do good and it has paid off for me,” he explained before adding “I like the hill here, but this morning when I saw the rain and fog I didn’t like it as much. I didn’t want to start with all the fog and snow but now I think it was perfect! I think starting first was a good thing and I put down some good skiing…better than in the last races.”
This was the second time Jansrud has won on the Olympiabakken track and was also his second career World Cup win. After the race he said “from the middle off it was good. For my race number (bib 15) I’m very satisfied and of course happy about my first downhill victory.” Approaching the finish Jansrud made a mistake that cost him the win but he was still happy.
Neither racer was unhappy with having to share the win: “Sharing or not sharing it's still a win. It's a cool thing. One minute and five seconds of skiing and you manage to go inside the same hundredth, it's pretty exciting. It happens now and then and it's a way of the sport, actually, but I'm just excited I was just not one hundredth behind," explained Jansrud.
With Aksel Lund Svindal placing fifth he closed up on Marcel Hirscher in the race for the Overall. Svindal has two more speed races in which to gain more points towards the Overall over the weekend. Svindal explained his run: “It was not bad, but not good enough. … I had a small error. If the race is only a minute long then you have to have error-free skiing. The plan was to take the lead today. To be honest it does not run as good as in December and January. I have to fight.”
Despite finishing fifth in the race, Aksel Lund Svindal cannot be caught in the race for the Downhill Title with two races to go.
1= Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
1= Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
3. Travis Ganong (USA)
5. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
6. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
12. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
16. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
22. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
26. Silvan Zurbriggan (SUI) HEAD