Today’s race was characterized by changing light conditions. The top competitors all had to face flat light with limited visibility, which made it hard to stay on the perfect line and advance with full confidence. As the race proceeded, the sun started to come out giving the later starters improved visibility.
Even though he started with an early bib, Dominik Paris mastered these conditions the best and won the gold medal with nine hundredths of a second in front of Austrian top Super G racer Vincent Kriechmayr and French veteran Johan Clarey who will share the silver medal.
The two Swiss top cracks Beat Feuz and Thomas Tumler had to start first, and both said that the lack of light made it a very difficult race. “It would have been great, if I had seen anything”, Feuz said keeping his humor. Tumler added that going at full speed in poor lighting conditions increased the risk of mistakes which led to him missing a gate after a jump.
Norwegians Aksel Lund Svindal and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde both praised the perfectly prepared track and snow conditions, saying that they were very happy to be here and compete in front of so many fans coming over from nearby Norway. Svindal summarized his impression of today’s event by saying with a smile: “It was dark! But it was competitive and fair.”
Christof Innerhofer of Italy was disappointed to miss the medals by only a few hundredths of a second but was very positive and thankful about the well-prepared track which makes him hopeful for Saturday’s Downhill.
The French team had a very good day today with placing three racers in the top ten. Brice Roger enjoyed the great ambiance and thanked the organization for their great efforts to present a competitive race. “It was very difficult to succeed in these flat light conditions and I missed the podium only by a narrow margin.” He’s looking forward to do well again on Saturday.
Norway and Switzerland, however, will have to go over the books and come back stronger in the upcoming downhill where both nations will be favorites again.