Jansrud and Streitberger dead heat for downhill win

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Kjetil Jansrud and Georg Streitberger all smiles after jointly winning a men’s downhill race in Kvitfjell Norway.

Before the race Austria’s Steitberger had only two world cup victories to his name – both in super-Gs and the last of which dates back to the 4th of December 2010.

His previous best in a downhill was a second place finish – his only podium placing – in Feb 2013 in Germany.

But despite the poor visibilty due to rain and fog he mastered the shortened Olympiabakken course to clock a time of one minute and 5.72 second.

A time matched by Norwegian Jansrud who celebrated his first home snow downhill victory, although he has enjoyed three other career podium finishes at the resort.

The win caps off a fine month for the 28-year old who won the Olympic Super G in Sochi, from where he also took home a bronze in the downhill.

Veteran Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal crossed over in fifth palce but that was enough to see the 31-year-old claim the World Cup title in the discipline for the second year running.

His result also helped him reduce Marcel Hirscher’s overall World Cup lead to 13 points.

Kvitfjell hosts two more races this weekend, another downhill and a super-G.

The circuit then moves to Slovenia for giant slalom and slalom next week before the season-ending World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland starting March 12.