Norwegian racers Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud are enjoying their time on the on-snow camp in South America. Last Saturday was the final day of their speed camp in Portillo, Chile. From Tuesday on, the two alpine stars will be in Argentina for tech – GS&SL – training. And the good news so far: not a single day has been lost due to the weather.
“We have had a great camp, and were able to do everything that was planned. There was a little less snow than we had hoped for, but we are very happy,” said Kjetil Jansrud.
Svindal shares Jansrud opinion of the camp so far. Both are looking forward to few quiet days, to be followed by a tech camp in a new place for both Jansrud and Svindal.
“This has been a really high quality camp. On some days we had three different work-outs, including downhill, gliding and slalom training. The output has been very good so far,” stated coach Tron Moger.
Jansrud and Svindal arrived in Chile on 1st and 2nd September, respectively. To date, the duo has been skiing every day - except for one single day off. In South America, ski training takes place at an altitude of 3000 meters. This is tough, and that’s why it is good to return to sea level for a few days before ascending the mountains of Argentina.
The last day in Chile included participation in the so-called Condor Cup, an unofficial competition amongst the teams and athletes on site in Portillo. Aksel Lund Svindal won the competition and received, among other things, a pair of the "legendary" ski boots for his victory. The Condor Cup is actually a normal training day, where the first run counts as the race for which a winner is declared.
Both Svindal and Jansrud are also pleased with their ski testing before the upcoming season will see the new ski equipment rules come into force.
The Norwegians will stay in in South America until the end of September.