Competitions and Events

Norwegian Vikings Strike Back on Lake Louise Super-G

American Cochran-Siegle places 11th in a stacked international field.

In every men’s Super-G race at Lake Louise since 2010, a Norwegian has earned the top spot. Six were won by Aksel Lund Svindal, but last season his teammate Kjetil Jansrud took home gold. Considering how nearly every favored skier missed the podium in yesterday’s downhill, however, history didn’t mean today was a complete gimmie for the Norwegian Vikings.

Svindal, still not using his poles out of the gate due to a hand injury, dropped fifth out of the gate and would finish 0.94 seconds faster than German Thomas Dressen, which put Svindal in the leader’s chair for a short while. Austrian Vincent Kriechmayer, fourth in the previous day’s downhill, dropped only one racer after Svindal and knocked the Norwegian from the leader’s chair by 0.43 seconds. 

Aksel Lund Svindal Lake Louise 2018
Aksel Lund Svindal would end up fifth overall today.Photo courtesy of Erich Spiess / Red Bull

Kriechmayer’s time on the leader’s chair would only last as long as Svindal’s, as Norwegian Jansrud, bib number nine, topped Kriechmayer’s time by 0.14 seconds. This time would prove to be the fastest of the day, earning Jansrud his third Super-G gold in Lake Louise and making for another year of Norwegian Viking domination on this course.

There were two big surprises of the day, the first of which was Switzerland’s Mauro Caviezel. He finished third, 0.21 seconds behind Jansrud. Considering the thirty-year-old’s only other podium was a bronze in the Super-G at the 2017 World Cup Final in Aspen, the future could be bright for the Swiss national.

The other surprise was the U.S. Ski Team member Ryan Cochran-Siegle‘s (Starksboro, Vt.) eleventh-place finish, 1.01 seconds behind the winner. The twenty-six-year-old earned his highest FIS World Cup Super-G finish, which was made even sweeter considering he dropped out of the gate with bib 39. Cochran-Siegle, who also finished 11th in the 2018 Olympic GS in PyeongChang, is one to watch as this season continues.

Other American results include Travis Ganong‘s (Squaw Valley, Calif.) 17th place finish, 1.34 seconds off the lead. Tommy Biesemayer (Keene, N.Y.) finished 41st, 2.76 seconds behind the lead; Steven Nyman (Park City, Utah) finished 43rd, 3.11 seconds back and only 0.01 seconds ahead of Aspen’s Wiley Maple, who finished 44th. Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah), Sam Morse (Sugarloaf, Maine), and Nick Krause (Northboro, Mass) finished 54th, 56th, and 57th, respectively. 

The men’s World Cup returns to Beaver Creek, Colorado this week for the famed Birds of Prey Competition, where they will race in Downhill, Super-G, and GS. SKI will be there, b sure to follow us on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at the action.