Delighted and disappointed: There was a little of everything in today’s statements by the athletes
Aksel Lund Svindal
That was a good run. I thought it was a good run, but the different between good and having such a large margin wasn't expected. It was a nice surprise. Kjetil Jansrud and I have the same skis and same technician and I knew that in Gröden you don’t win without the fastest skis in the world. So I knew he would be fast and it was all about how he skis the lower part because I knew we would be about the same in the top section. So I was mostly worried about that. In the race I was partially able to ignore my knee pain. Unfortunately, I am not able to do that in training. I hope it will improve, because I also want to place higher in the training sessions.
Very happy with today, it was a great run. I definitely tried to match Svindal as well as I could, but was pushed back a little in the lower section and that took a lot of speed. I also knew that Svindal is among the fastest guys in that lower part. When all is said and then, when you’re 2nd place you always want a Norwegian to be first and not someone else. And it’s a great comeback from yesterday. I’m in good shape, you have to accept your mistakes and I don’t do that all the time. But if you want to win the globe you can’t go around and not win. Coming form the US, it’s not the end of the road, it’s a speed bump that I would rather beat out. As you can see today, it’s all about the mindset. You always want to race, and it’s not helpful to talk about how it should have gone today. All in all, I’m happy, although not perfectly, with the shape I’m in. We are a strong team again, we fight it every day in training. Aksel has good memories of this hill, he is a tough guy to beat when he is in great shape.
It’s a huge surprise. So glad I placed fourth. It’s my first season in the World Cup, I was twice scared during the inspection because of the Camel Humps. It's great to ski world courses like this one. I couldn’t believe it when I got to the finish. I don’t even know what to say. Svindal is another league, my hero and there is still a lot of work to get to that level.
First and foremost, I must apologize for my reaction at the finish. I was very disappointed. I felt so good today, it was a perfect day, a perfect track - and then I hit a rock right in the top part. It even became dangerous because I was almost skiing on one ski only. Stopping would have been safer. Val Gardena just doesn’t want me to do well. I badly want to race fast here and then I go and hit a rock with all this snow this year. It's hard to believe.
Obviously if you look at the way I raced, i’m still not totally confident and while i skied well in some splits, i had some really bad ones, too. There are some positives. Right now i’m focusing on Wengen and taking a good block of time off to prepare for that. I’m trying to get more training, get my confidence back, get those movements back, dial-in the equipment and figure out a few pieces. It’s always great to race here and to be back racing and it’s awesome to come the finish line! I had some higher expectations today, I had visions of doing really well, but then it just wasn’t that great. My skis are really burnt, brought out the fast skis, edges were really thin and i could feel them gripping. Maybe I was burning them because I wasn’t as confident or I burnt them because of my issues in my left foot. Anways, it's fantastic for the other US skiers to do so well. Super proud of them. They were all very inquisitive about this course this year and I pointed a lot of things on what you can do in all the different sections. It’s all about going for it, having confidence and getting the speed as many others are more hesitant. So it’s all about just going for it.
My good results have been long coming; today it looked pretty good. This morning I watched the runners in front of me on TV at the start. With bib number 30, I started 1.15 hours after the others - so I had time to prepare.
Peter Fill: First and foremost, I must apologize for my reaction at the finish. I was very disappointed. I felt so good today, it was a perfect day, a perfect track - and then I hit a rock right in the top part. It even became dangerous because I was almost skiing on one ski only. Stopping would have been safer. Val Gardena just doesn’t want me to do well. I badly want to race fast here and then I go and hit a rock with all this snow this year. It's hard to believe.