Jansrud targets overall improvement after Sochi gold

Sun Mar 2, 2014 12:07pm EST
 
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By Patrick Lang

KVITFJELL, Norway (Reuters) - With two wins in three days on home snow in Kvitfjell, Kjetil Jansrud showed there could be greater things to come following his Olympic Super-G title in Sochi.

After winning a silver medal in the giant slalom in Vancouver four years ago, Jansrud's continued rise was hampered by injuries as he sought to improve physically and become a more versatile skier.

Yet having won a maiden Olympic title at last month's Games, the 28-year-old from Stavanger now looks ready to follow compatriots Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Aksel Lund Svindal and win an overall World Cup title in years to come.

"It's been the plan for many years to improve for the overall (title). I just haven't been good enough and I also struggled with injuries," he said.

"But in the end, for sure, if I can have a whole season with a good preparation, it's the plan."

Joint winner of Friday's downhill with Austria's Georg Streitberger, Jansrud also snatched Sunday's Super-G in front of a home crowd celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Lillehammer Olympics.

"For sure if there's a race I like to win it's Kvitfell," he said.

"It can't compare with Olympic gold or a medal, but it's important for the sport and for the young kids in the area. I'm excited to give something back. When I'm finally home I want to ski fast for them."   Continued...

 
Norway's Kjetil Jansrud skis during the first run of the men's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini