Youth Olympic Ambassador Jansrud wins first Olympic test event in PyeongChang
Kjetil Jansrud, the Norwegian Alpine skiing sensation and Olympic champion, sent a clear message as the one to watch at the next Olympic Winter Games in 2018 by winning the downhill in first test event to take place in PyeongChang on Saturday.
A debut in South Korea for an International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup event, the competition also won high praise from skiers for both the course, designed by Bernhard Russi, and the smooth running of this first test event.
Jansrud commented to his fans on social media: “I guess you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And PyeongChang just aced it. This will be a fantastic venue.”
PyeongChang Organising Committee President Yang-Ho Cho said: “Today, we have put PyeongChang on the world map for World Cup Alpine skiing. And this is just the beginning. With the IOC and the FIS by my side, I am pleased to say that the journey to the 2018 Games has officially started.”
IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg commented: “Today’s competition is the major step forward in the preparations for the 2018 Games. And this opened PyeongChang’s vision of new horizons in Korea.”
This gives Norway its 17th World Cup win of the season and a third win for Jansrud whose nearly flawless run clocked 1 minute, 41.38 seconds for a 0.20-second advantage over Dominik Paris of Italy.
No stranger to Olympic gold, Jansrud won the super G in Sochi 2014 and has been nominated by the IOC as a Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Ambassador for both his dedication to sport and for inspiring young people to get active.
This win comes just days before the opening of the second Winter YOG, which is set to take place in Olympic city Lillehammer, Norway. Over the past 18 months, Jansrud has become an avid supporter, spending time mentoring young athletes while spreading the word through his hundreds of thousands of social media followers.
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