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Norway's Jansrud golden again in Lake Louise with World Cup super-G win

Norway's Kjetil Jansrud celebrates his victory following the men's World Cup downhill ski race at Lake Louise, Alta., Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
November 26, 2017 - 3:11 PM

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. - Norway's Kjetil Jansrud returned to the top of the podium in Lake Louise, Alta., with a victory in Sunday's World Cup super-G.

Jansrud claimed both the downhill and super-G in 2014 at the Alberta ski resort. After finishing fifth in Saturday's downhill, the 32-year-old found an extra gear to capture super-G gold.

"Yesterday was a decent effort. My result was fifth place, but I didn't feel very confident in my skiing, which is not cool," Jansrud said.

"So it was good to get on top of things today, gather my thoughts and try to attack it."

Norwegian men have dominated lately in Lake Louise with Aksel Lund Svindal a double winner in both 2015 and 2012 and Jansrud's sweep in 2014.

The men's World Cup at the resort west of Calgary was cancelled last year for the first time because temperatures were two warm to make snow.

Jansrud's winning time Sunday was one minute 30.76 on a day when the course became icier between the morning inspection and the noon race start.

Lifting and settling fog, along with rain turning to snow and back again, altered visibility throughout the race.

Austrians were second and third with Max Franz crossing the line in 1:31.04 and Hannes Reichelt just four-hundredths of a second behind his teammate. Svindal, who has won super-G six times, was fifth Sunday.

Super giant slalom, or super-G, combines the speed of a downhill race with the technical demands of giant slalom.

Dustin Cook of Lac-Saint-Marie, Que., was the top Canadian in 11th.

"I skied the way I wanted to. I just needed to attack a little bit more," Cook said.

"At the bottom I was looking for speed and I'm not really sure why I caught an edge. I thought I was going down right before the finish line, so I was just happy to get to the finish line."

A world silver medallist in super-G in 2015, Cook missed the entire 2015-16 season because he crashed in pre-season training and required surgery on his knee.

The reigning world super-G champion was missing from the field Sunday. Back problems continued to hamper Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que.

The 36-year-old is Canada's most decorated alpine skier with a career 25 World Cup medals and three world championship medals.

But Guay pulled out of the super-G and Saturday's downhill. He said Friday his back worsened in training.

"Erik is one of the big competitors around," Jansrud said. "He's important for the sport in Canada. He's also reigning champ, so we're missing out.

"I think Erik was smart today and this weekend. Unfortunately before a home crowd, that's a tough decision to make. Hopefully it will pay off at the Olympics."

The French men raced in Lake Louise despite the death of teammate David Poisson in a training accident Nov. 13 at nearby Nakiska ski resort.

"It was really difficult, but we go step by step," Adrien Theaux said. "For sure it was not easy to start yesterday and today, but we love our sport and we need it."

Vancouver's Manuel Osborne-Paradis required a recovery manoeuvre to avoid falling in Sunday's race. He lost time and finished 48th.

Toronto's Jack Crawford placed 42nd and Vancouver's Brodie Seger was 56th.

The men head to Beaver Creek, Colo., for the next World Cup starting Friday with super-G followed by a downhill and giant slalom Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The women take their turn in Lake Louise with downhills scheduled for Friday and Saturday and super-G on Sunday. The first of three training runs is scheduled for Tuesday.

American ski star Lindsey Vonn returns to the mountain where she has won 18 races. Vonn didn't race in what's been dubbed "Lake Lindsey" in 2016 because of a broken arm.

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