Jansrud leads combined after DH run
BEAVER CREEK — Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud holds the lead after the downhill portion of the men’s combined at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on Sunday at Beaver Creek.
Jansrud came down in a time of 1 minute, 43.01 seconds, 9-hundredths of a second ahead of Switzerland’s Beat Feuz. American Jared Goldberg was a surprise third, 68-hundredths back.
Up next is the slalom at 2:15 p.m.
The downhill stopped for a lengthy time after the Czech Republic’s Ondrej Bank, racing 19th, had a terrifying crash off the final jump of the course, Redtail. The crowd fell silent and the course’s television cameras turned away immediately from the crash.
According to John Dakin, the chief of press in the Worlds media center, Bank was conscious, able to move his limbs and responsive to questions. Dakin added that Bank had a concussion, a cut to his face and was being transported to the Vail Valley Medical Center for further treatment.
As far as racing goes, defending Worlds combined champion Ted Ligety finished 3.03 seconds behind Jansrud. Ligety described his run as “horrible,” and declared himself out of the medal chase.
Austrians Romed Baumann and Matthias Mayer sit in fourth and fifth respectively, 0.69 and 0.74 seconds out of the top spot. Swiss skier Carlo Janka is 1.17 back in sixth. American Andrew Weibrecht and Italian Christof Innerhofer are tied for seventh, 1.3 behind Jansrud. France’s Maxence Muzaton is ninth (1.49 back), with Slovenia’s Martin Carter rounding out the top 10 (1.43 back).
The question of any combined is “Who among the leaders has the slalom skills to maintain their lead?” With the caveat that anything can happen in slalom, Feuz, Mayer and Weibrecht are straight speedsters and probably drop in the standings this afternoon.
Jansrud has some slalom experience through previous combineds and runs giant slalom during the World Cup season. Goldberg said after his downhill that he has trained some slalom and he did finish 19th in the most recent combined in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Baumann is the defending bronze medalist at Worlds in the combined, and Janka won this year’s combined in Wengen, Switzerland.
Rita’s two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.