The Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr has signed the best time in the last downhill training Saturday, and the Frenchman Brice Roger, 4th, confirmed his good form today.
Brice Roger, in the form in Jeongseon. (S. Mud/The Team)
The third and last downhill training took place on Saturday in the late morning at Jeongseon, on the entirety of the track and in weather conditions that were relatively lenient. A few gusts of wind at the top of the path, the sun and temperatures around zero have allowed skiers to take good marks, even if the holding of the race on Sunday (3 p.m. French time) remains uncertain due to weather forecast pessimistic announcing very high winds.
In the meantime, it is the Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr that has shown the quickest in 1’40″76, before the two Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud (+ 0″12) and Aksel Lund Svindal (+ 0″35). The world champion swiss Beat Feuz, very impressive on the first part of the race where he had the best intermediate, has pointedly noted at the end of the path, and its 45th-place at 3″19 of Kriechmayr is therefore very misleading. Note the very good 4th place Brice Roger (+ 0″56), which confirms the provisions of these past few weeks. To the point that his name comes up regularly as a possible underdog in the race for the podium.
Roger, “much more serene than it was four years”
“Oh ? Talk of this hypothesis, it is equal, provides the skier of The Loincloth. in my goal is to make me happy as this is the case since I arrived in South Korea. I have good feelings, today I have not added, I just fixed some stuff on the jumps and that’s it, it goes fast.” Injured in training (rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee) on the eve of the descent of the OJ of Sochi four years ago, Roger was able to digest this painful experience.
“I already know the atmosphere of the olympics after Sochi, he confirms. the I am much more serene than it was four years ago, when I was a little crazy crazy in the unknown. Now I have more perspective, I am more strong mentally. I have all the cards in hand to tackle the race. But it should be that there is a lot of big names who can’t resist to be in front. I just want to leave here without regret. The track is not very hard, but the Svindal, Feuz, or Jansrud will be formidable.”
Adrien Théaux,11th (+ 0″88) and Johan Clarey (14th + 0″98) are in the Top 20 while Maxence Muzaton had chosen not to take part in this last training. Note the nice performance of Victor Muffat-Jeandet, 32nd (+ 2″29), a time very interesting for the one who will be a real chance blue on the handset.