Organisers were once again battling the elements in Åre with heavy snowfall overnight. Despite this, the event did start on time but suffered two small delays for further snow during today’s running.
Crowd attendance was strong again for what would be Aksel Lund Svindal’s final ever competition and bar a fantastic run from compatriat Kjetil Jansrud it would have been the perfect ending to the 36-year olds ellustrias career.
But, it wasn’t to be as a small mistake after the second intermediate put Svindal 2 hundredths behind Jansrud and this gap remained until the finish line. Kjetil Jansrud’s was on fine form today and put together an incredibly clean run despite the difficult decisions and the addition of his heavily braced broken finger.
Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr rounded out the podium with a strong third place finish eleven hundredths ahead of Beat Feuz. Swedish skier Felix Monsen finish in 16th equalling his result from St. Moritz in 2017.
Today’s result cements Svindal’s place in the history books as he becomes one of the few skiers to have won a medal at six FIS World Championships.
Jansrud reflected on the race afterwards, “This was one of the most amazing feelings in my career… I would also like to say that I’ve been sharing the podium with Aksel quite a few times and doing this at the World Champs, on his last race, is an honour so this is a perfect day”.
Today’s podium standings:
- JANSRUD Kjetil (NOR) – 1:19.98
- SVINDAL Aksel Lund (NOR) – 1:20.00
- KRIECHMAYR Vincent (AUT) – 1:20.31
Sunday is the women’s downhill event, in what will be Lindsey Vonn’s final ever competition.