Norwegian idol Jansrud wins Olympic super-G

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 6:37 am •  Published: February 16, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Kjetil Jansrud won his audition for Norwegian idol at the Sochi Olympics.

In an Alpine event that Norway absolutely owns, Jansrud won a thrilling men's super-G race Sunday one week after earning bronze in downhill.

Norway's fourth straight super-G gold, and fifth in the past seven Winter Games, put the 28-year-old Jansrud in a proud Olympic tradition started by now-retired great Kjetil Andre Aamodt and extended by Aksel Lund Svindal, his more heralded teammate.

"He is absolutely an idol for young Norwegians today," the Scandinavian nation's prime minister, Erna Solberg, told reporters after watching Jansrud's victory. Pre-race favorite Svindal placed seventh in defense of his title.

Andrew Weibrecht charged late at Jansrud's time of 1 minute, 18.14 seconds to take a surprise silver, edging U.S. teammate Bode Miller and Jan Hudec of Canada into a tie for bronze.

Miller, 36, became the oldest ever Olympic Alpine medalist, surpassing the mark Aamodt set when he won the super-G at Turin in 2006 at age 34.

And with his sixth career Olympic medal, spread over 12 years, Miller took sole possession of second place on the all-time men's Alpine medal list, two behind Aamodt.

"It's big, insane," Jansrud said of Norway's dominance in super-G, a discipline that challenges racers to be fast and technically correct through a gate-setting they have never practiced. They are allowed a one-hour, early-morning course inspection.

"Somehow when you come to the Olympic Games, Norwegians are on the top of the podium and that is impossible to describe," he said. "It feels perfect so far."

Prime Minister Solberg said hosting the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic was a key point in developing Alpine racing in Norway, a land where cross-country skiing dominates.

Jansrud, who was eight when Aamodt took bronze in super-G at Lillehammer, singled out Miller as one of his own idols.

"He was already winning races when I was a little kid. He has been one of my heroes," Jansrud told The Associated Press. "He has had such an amazing career."

Miller, who started No. 13, took the lead with an exhilarating run, though he lost time going off line down the steep final slope after making the final jump.

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