Beaver Creek World Cup: Janka keeps super combi Swiss Switzerland goes 1-2 on first day of racing |

Beaver Creek World Cup: Janka keeps super combi Swiss Switzerland goes 1-2 on first day of racing

Chris Freud
Sun News Service
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyCarlo Janka of Switzerland carves around a slalom gate during the Birds of Prey World Cup super-combined slalom run Friday at Beaver Creek. Janka won the super combined Friday for his third World Cup victory.

BEAVER CREEK and#8212; The super combined at the Birds of Prey seems to be a Swiss thing.

Switzerland’s Daniel Albrecht won the event two years ago when it was last run at Beaver Creek, and Friday his teammates Carlo Janka and Didier Defago went 1-2 in the 2009 Birds of Prey super combined.

Janka, the defending super-combined world champion, picked up his third career World Cup win Friday with a time of 2 minutes, 32.26 seconds, 0.43 seconds ahead of Defago. Croatia’s Natko Zrncic-Dim was third in 2:32.75.

And since Albrecht is still recovering from a dreadful crash last season in Kitzbuehel, Austria, he’s not far from the Swiss Team’s collective mind.

and#8220;He wished my good luck for the race,and#8221; Janka said. and#8220;He went home Thursday and he watched the race maybe at home. It’s nice to win here after Daniel won here two years ago. I think the Swiss team can get some good results and make it easier for him to come back to the World Cup.and#8221;

Birds of Prey continues today with the downhill at 10 aa.m.

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