Kjetil Jansrud continued his dominance as he claimed that Super-G discipline title at the World Cup on Sunday.
It was his third title in the past four years. More importantly, the win continued Norway’s streak of seven straight Super-G championship title. Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won the globe from 2012 until 2014 and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde took home the title in 2016.
“I am a bit proud,” the Olympian said. “The globe means a lot to me. It’s really great to get it for racing well during the whole season.”
With the win, Norway is now neck-and-neck with Austria, which also claimed the title for seven straight years in 1998-2004. However, with Jansrud still at the peak of his career, along with both Svindal and Kilde, it’s safe to say that Norway will breach that mark in no time.
Svindal almost dethroned Jansrud but his final run wasn’t flawless. “The course was brutally fast, almost like a downhill,” he explained. “So the jump was bigger than expected. A stupid mistake but it can happen.”
The two have a running friendly competition. In the PyeongChang Olympics last month, Svindal claimed silver while Jansrud settled for bronze. However, Jansrud reigned supreme in the 2014 Sochi Games when he won gold.
The ski racer clocked 1 minute, 33.21 seconds to claim the Super-G title. He was followed by Switzerland’s Beat Feuz who was behind by 0.22 seconds. Frenchman Brice Roger was third at 0.33 seconds.
The win catapulted Jansrud to second all-time, along with Kjetil Andre Aamondt who had 21 career titles. He’s still far behind from Svindal who has 35 career wins.
It also capped a strong performance by Jansrud at the ski. He claimed the super-G in Beaver Creek, Colorado in December last year.
“The season was good,” Jansrud said. “Maybe a few wins less than last year but in the end I have good feeling. I can really enjoy it.”