NORWEGIAN EXPRESS ROLLS ON AS JANSRUD TAMES BIRDS OF PREY DOWNHILL FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN

05 December 2014
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado—Norway’s small but mighty World Cup alpine ski troops scored another victory Friday in Beaver Creek as Kjetil Jansrud picked up his third consecutive World Cup win, taming the infamous Birds of Prey Downhill.
    
The 29-year-old from Stavanger, Norway laid down what he described as a “close to perfect run” to claim the win in a time of 1:40.17, 54-hundredths of a second ahead of runner-up Beat Feuz of Switzerland, while American Steven Nyman rounded out the podium in third, 56-hundredths off the Norwegian’s pace.
    
The victory comes on the heels of Jansrud’s World Cup Downhill and Super-G sweep in Lake Louise, Canada last weekend.
    
Jansrud moved to the forefront of Norway’s “Attacking Vikings” at the end of October when teammate and team leader Aksel Lund-Svindal suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon during a training session prior to the opening World Cup race of the winter in Soelden, Austria.  In addition to Jansrud, only one other Norwegian was entered in the Birds of Prey Downhill, 22-year-old Kilde Aleksander Aamodt.
    
When asked whether the Birds of Prey win allowed Jansrud to start thinking about the possibility of a gold medal at February’s 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, the Norwegian replied that it most certainly gave him confidence that he could do it, but that his focus was on Saturday’s Beaver Creek Super-G.
     
In addition to Nyman’s podium appearance, the U.S. Ski Team also delivered a fifth place effort from Travis Ganong, while Ted Ligety finished 28th and Andrew Weibrecht, starting 62nd, place 30th.
    
The 2014 Audi FIS Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week will continue Saturday with Men’s Super-G getting underway at 11 a.m. 

Media contact: John Dakin, (970) 777-2015, jdakin@vvf.org 

 
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