Men have completed their 1st event in Lake Louise, where they competed in a Downhill race. I won’t go into much detail about the venue itself, as it was already covered in our Men’s Downhill – Lake Louise (USA) preview. So let’s rather focus on how the athletes performed on 24th of November in their 2nd official event of the season and the first Downhill race of the season. In the downhill race, it was Max Franz, who celebrated his 1st win of the season and 2nd career downhill win, the first one being in 2017 in Val Gardena, Italy. It was a surprising win from this Austrian athlete who has finished last season 10th in downhill standings. Christof Innerhofer finished the race at the 2nd place, +0.28 behind Franz. This marked his 15th and the 8th podium finish in the downhill races. The third place belonged to Dominik Paris (+0.54), who celebrated his 9th Downhill win in his career and 10th career win. After finishing last season at 4th place in downhill standings, this was a great start of the season of him. Beat Feuz, the favorite to win the race ended the only 6th, which was a bad result for him after an exceptional training time he put up. With 40 points in the downhill standings, he will hope to improve in Beaver Creek on 1st of December where we will see the 2nd downhill race of the season.
The upcoming Super-G event which will take place on 25th November will be the first event of Super-G of the season. After finishing 13th in the downhill event, Kjetil Jansrud will be the man to watch in the upcoming race. He was crowned Super-G champion last year with 80 points to spare in front of Vincent Kriechmayr who has won the last Super-G race in Are, only +0.04s ahead of Christof Innerhofer and +0.08 ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal and Thomas Dressen.
Kjetil Jansrud won his 3rd Super-G crystal globe last year (2015,2017,2018) and will be hoping to do so again this season. If he manages to do so, he will join Zurbrigger and Maier, Svindal as the 4th man to win 3 Super-G crystal globes in a row. He would also tie with Zubriggen with 4 Super-G crystal globes which is 2nd most of all time. In his career, he has won 11 World Cup Super-G races which is 3rd among men; Svindal (16), Maier (24). Out of those 11 wins, 2 of them came from Lake Louise (2015,2018), which sets him up for a 2nd consecutive win in Canadian Ski resort. I would not be surprised if he wins here and starts off this season just like in the last one. On the other hand, I would be surprised if he does not at least achieve the podium.
Vincent Kriechmayr finished 2nd in Super-G standings last year, 80 points behind Kjetil Jansrud. This year, he will be hoping to improve and reach the 1st spot, which would end the Austrian drought, as they have not won a Super-G crystal globe for 10 years now since Hannes Reichelt did it in 2008. Alongside Jansrud, Kriechmayr is the only man who win multiple Super-G World Cup races last season (2). After winning the final race of Super-G last season, Vincent Kriechmayr can become the first man to win back-to-back Super-G races since Jansrud won 3 in a row in 2016. With a win in Lake Louise, Vincent Kriechmayr can also become the 2nd man to win the last race of super-G of the season and the first race of the new season after Svindal did it in 2013.
Finishing 3rd in last years Super-G standings, Aksel Lund Svindal was 126 points behind the champion Kjetil Jansrud. He, however, managed to finish 2nd in Downhill standings, which saw him 3rd in Overall standings. Svindal has a total of 11 crystal globes in his career but has not won one since 2014, when he won 2 globes, in Super-G and Downhill. He is also the 2nd best all-time Super-G skier with 16 races won, which is 8 less than leading Maier. With his 6 wins in his career in Lake Louise, he is holding a record of the most wins in a single ski resort. If Aksel Lund Svindaln wins on 25th of November, he would tie with Benjamin Raich with 4th most World Cup wins (36) and to be fair he is more than capable of doing so. Last season in Lake Louise, Aksel Lund Svindal finished 5th, +0.52 behind Kjetil Jansrud and +0.20 away from the podium.
|Market||Prediction||Pinnacle Odds||Bet 365 Odds||Stake||Won / Lost|
|Outright||Kjetil Jansrud||4.81||4.50||2 Units||Won|
|Podium Finish||Kjetil Jansrud||/||1.72||2 Units||Won|
|Outright||Aksel Lund Svindal||7.56||7.00||2 Units||Lost|