Kjetil Jansrud looking for fourth FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup super-G win in Kitzbuhel.
Kjetil Jansrud can close the gap at the top of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup standings on Friday with a third super-G victory of the season in Kitzbuhel.
The Norwegian has dominated the discipline this season, with two wins and a podium in the three races that have taken place giving him an 80-point lead in the standings.
Despite his form in the super-G, Jansrud still trails Marcel Hirscher by 167 points in the overall standings, but the opening race of the weekend presents a chance to cut that gap.
With Hirscher not competing in the race, Jansrud will be keen to take full advantage, while strengthening his grip on the discipline standings.
Hannes Reichelt is his nearest competition, with the Austrian the only other man to have won a super-G race this season " in Beaver Creek last month.
The 34-year-old has only ever finished on the super-G podium once in the resort since making his debut in 2003, but victory on Friday would be his sixth career win in the discipline.
"In Kitzbuhel there are some passages you have to brutally overcome," he said. "You have to be at the limit if you want to ride to victory.
"And the limit is extremely dangerous in Kitzbuhel. This route has sharp teeth."
The Austrian resort is seen as the pinnacle of World Cup skiing on the calendar, and that could see the likes of Dominik Paris raise his game and challenge for the win.
Paris has a second- and third-placed finish this season, but has not tasted victory since November 2013 in the downhill at Lake Louise.
Last season it was Didier Defago who won this race ahead of American Bode Miller, but the former will need improve his form to threaten the podium this time around.
Defago has collected 89 points from the three races so far but has yet to secure a podium, while Miller's recovery from back surgery continues to face delays.
The 37-year-old was expected to return in Wengen last weekend but withdrew after training runs, saying his back was not ready for competitive racing.
With a packed weekend ahead for the competitors some may choose to forego the super-G, with Sunday's downhill firmly in their sights.