The Latest: Jansrud keen to race despite injured hand
ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on the Alpine skiing world championships in Are, Sweden (all times local):
Norwegian skier Kjetil Jansrud says he hopes to race in the super-G at the world championships on Wednesday, two weeks after breaking two bones in his left hand in a crash in downhill training in Kitzbuehel.
Jansrud, the Olympic super-G champion in 2014 and a worlds silver medalist in 2017, says the injury should take six weeks to heal but he’s willing to race with “some sort of handicap.”
Holding out his swollen hand at a media conference at the Norway team hotel in Are, Sweden, Jansrud says, “I have had a few days’ skiing to try it. And in my personal experience, it’s working. It’s actually skiable.”
The 33-year-old Jansrud hurt his hand as he tried to break a fall on an icy stretch of the Kitzbuehel classic.
He says “it could be an issue going out the start and holding the pole. If someone gives me the chance of taking away the few percent I will lose on the start but being able to compete, I would rather do that than not.”
Aiming to stay fresh for Tuesday’s super-G medal race, overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin did not fully take part in Monday’s downhill training session.
Shiffrin inspected the course to get a feel for the hill but then sat out the training.
The U.S. Ski Team says Shiffrin will not race the downhill in Are, adding, “She will make a decision about the Alpine combined after super-G and will announce at that point.”
While known for her exploits in slalom and giant slalom — she has won Olympic golds in both of those events — Shiffrin has suddenly become dominant in super-G, too, this season.
Shiffrin has won all three World Cup super-Gs she has entered this season and leads the discipline standings.
Skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka was the only racer to crash in the opening downhill training session at worlds.
Ledecka couldn’t properly land a jump on the steep, upper portion of the course and crashed near the safety netting Monday. The Czech athlete quickly raised an arm to signal that she was not injured.
Ledecka says, “Last year we didn’t have this jump there, because we started under it. So I didn’t know what to expect from this jump. I saw many girls and nobody had the problem there so I expected it’s not going to be that huge and I didn’t make the right moves in the right time and then I was flying like an idiot.”
A year ago, at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Ledecka followed her super-G victory in Alpine skiing by winning the parallel GS in snowboarding, becoming the first athlete to win two golds at the same Winter Games using two different types of equipment.
Ledecka will attempt to add to her medal haul in the super-G, the opening event of these championships, on Tuesday.
The president of the International Ski Federation says Lindsey Vonn will “leave a big hole” in Alpine skiing when she quits the sport after the world championships in Sweden.
That’s if she does indeed quit.
Gian Franco Kasper raised the intriguing possibility of Vonn continuing her illustrious career, saying: “Everything comes to an end and so does her career, if she really stops. We have to wait for that.”
Vonn, who has persistent pain in both knees, says she is retiring because her body is “broken beyond repair.” She is the world’s most famous ski racer, raising the sport’s profile more than anyone else.
Kasper says “she did a lot for skiing” and that “she is a (public relations) machine.”
Kasper said “we will see” if skiing loses viewers because of Vonn’s retirement, citing the impact Alberto Tomba had on the sport in Italy. “We had quotas of viewers you can’t imagine. Nowadays in (southern Italy), nobody is watching Alpine skiing.”
Lindsey Vonn, preparing for the final two races of her career, says her ailing knees feel fine after the opening downhill training session at the world championships.
Vonn placed 11th, 1.44 seconds behind leader Tamara Tippler of Austria.
Vonn says, “Today I was just trying to get a feel for the terrain and I wasn’t looking to be fast, so in general, it was fine. It was solid. Hard going No. 1. I didn’t really get the line right, but my knee feels decent so I’m looking forward to tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”
Vonn, who started with the No. 1 bib Monday, stood up out of her tuck well before she crossed the finish line.
Last week, Vonn announced she will retire after the championships due to persistent pain in her knees.
She will race the super-G on Tuesday and the downhill on Sunday.