Friday, Val d`Isere, it finally was the start of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, and from a Norwegian perspective it was a great anticipation with three big favorites at the starting line.
Perhaps most of all Aksel Lund Svindal.
The veteran has not expressed any expectations after the ugly fall in Kitzbuhel last winter, but delivered as always and skied into a lead from start number five in his 359th race.
Italian Dominik Paris came in behind the Norwegian, but on the subsequent start number came another Norwegian, Kjetil Jansrud.
Kjetil Jansrud, 31-year-old, has shown promising improvement in downhill training in recent days, and at the end of the race he was 17 hundredths of a second ahead of his teammate.
Non of the competitors, neither Vincent Kreichmayer, Hannes Reichelt or Carlo Janka managed to cope with the duo at the top of the list.Paris ended third, 41 hundredths behind.