September 2, 2014
VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) - Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal has been nearly unbeatable in speed races this season. This weekend, he could be challenged by his training partner and teammate Kjetil Jansrud.
Jansrud and Svindal finished 1-2 in the final training session for the annual World Cup downhill on the Saslong course, which traditionally has presented a challenge for the two Norwegians.
Racing begins on Friday with a super-G, followed by the downhill race on Saturday, then a giant slalom in nearby Alta Badia on Sunday.
Svindal won the super-G here in 2009 but hasn't finished better than sixth in the downhill. He began this season by winning the opening downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, then finished second to Christof Innerhofer in the second race in Beaver Creek, Colo.