Alpine skiing: Norwegian raider Jansrud plunders more gold

Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:09am EST
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By Martyn Herman

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Special qualities are required to join the elite ranks of the so-called 'Attacking Vikings' and Kjetil Jansrud revealed them in abundance to plunder more gold for Norway in a gripping men's Olympic super-G race on Sunday.

Just as Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Lasse Kjus, the original members, and Aksel Lund Svindal had done before him, the bearded 28-year-old raider from Stavanger risked all as he hurtled down a treacherous mountainside to claim Olympic glory.

Norway have now won five of the eight gold medals awarded in Olympic super-G, an often unpredictable event producing the speeds of downhill but with white-knuckle turns thrown in just to make things a little more interesting.

Jansrud got the taste for Rosa Khutor's terrain in last week's downhill when he earned a bronze and proved unbeatable on Sunday as a Norwegian man won the super-G at a fourth consecutive Games, following Aamodt (2002, 2006) and more illustrious team mate Svindal four years ago.

No wonder Norway's watching Prime Minister Erna Solberg was smiling so broadly in the finish area.

"He's a new idol now," she told reporters.

"It would have been great to have two on the podium but I think we should be grateful that we have one and it's a gold medal. Kjetil has done a great job at the Olympic Games."

Svindal was the man expected to lead the Norwegian assault in Sochi after winning three medals in Vancouver but has had his thunder stolen by Jansrud.   Continued...