The men’s super-G on Thursday became another tight affair at the FIS World Cup Finals in Åre. The season’s last race was set to be a Norwegian success story but it was Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria who drew the longest straw and scored the top spot on the podium, for the second day in a row.

Despite the frosty weather the men’s race saw a hot fight for the victory in the season’s last super-G. In the end there were 13 racers within half a second. Vincent Kriechmayr, Wednesday’s downhill winner (tied with teammate Matthias Mayer),  who raced with bib number #5 turned out to be the fastest of all.

It looked like both Christoph Innerhofer, ITA, and Thomas Dressen, GER, could challenge Kriechmayr for the lead, but in the end they lost four and eight hundredths, respectively, to finish in 2nd and 3rd place. Even Norwegian speed star Aksel Lund Svindal, who started with bib #11 and received the biggest cheers of the day, had no chance against Kriechmayr, finishing tied for third place with Dressen.

Kjetil Jansrud, NOR, secured the super-G title already in Kvitfell last weekend, his third career super-G title. His sixth place finished added 40 points to his tally, increasing his season total to 400 points, 80 more than Kriechmayr. Aksel Lund Svindal finished third in the super-G season standings.

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