Kvitfjell, Norway – Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G victory in Norway was a first for Italian Peter Fill, as Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was second and Canada’s Erik Guay finished third.
Sunday’s race closed out the World Cup season’s last regular speed weekend. Despite a prolific career that includes wins in the Kitzbuehel downhill and the downhill Crystal Globe, Fill, 34, finally claimed his first win in his other strong discipline, super G.
“It was a long wait for me to get the first super G win, but I’m really happy,” Fill said. “I made a great run, no mistakes and everywhere a good line and good speed. It was perfect for me today. The whole form for the season was good, but now, in the first downhill here in Kvitfjell, I was really bad, no speed and a lot of mistakes but yesterday and today was great. I hope now to bring my performance to Aspen,” he added, referring to the upcoming World Cup Finals. “It’s a really important race there.”
Keene, N.Y.’s Tommy Biesemeyer was the top-placed American in 19th. Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City) finished 33rd, Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) 34th, Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Calif.) 45th and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.) in 47th.
“It was tough for me today,” said Biesemeyer after the race. “I haven’t been able to race the downhills because of my shoulder and I’m having knee issues. Honestly, I had zero expectations for today. I had a mistake at the bottom that I think cost me a top 10, but all in all it was a good performance under the circumstances of where I’m at physically.”
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who did not race the Kvitfjell speed events, continues to lead the overall World cup standings with 1,275 points. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, who was seventh Sunday, moved up to second overall with 871 points. Jansrud also claimed the overall super G standings with 365 points thanks to three consecutive wins at the beginning of the season in Val d’Isère, Val Gardena and Santa Caterina. Whatever happens in the season’s last race in Aspen, Jansrud will collect his third career crystal globe after claiming both the downhill and super G globe in 2015/16.
Up next, the men travel to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia for the final two World Cup races of the season, a giant slalom and slalom, March 4-5.
Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup
Kvitfjell, Norway – Feb. 26, 2017
Men’s Super G
|Rank||Name||Nation||Total Time||Diff.||FIS Points||WC Points|
|4||KILDE Aleksander Aamodt||NOR||1:33.19||+0.36||4.19||50.00|