(Go almost to the end to see Ligety, Raich and Janka, who were in the last 4 down the hill.)
Janka won, by almost half a second total for both runs, but looked WAY better than that. Ted Ligety (fourth) was fast, but had a big mistake late in the run that led to an almost Bode-esque recovery just to stay on the course. Benni Raich (second) got launched twice going laterally where he stuck the new outside ski to the side (in mid air) and had to land on the inside ski before pulling the outside ski down onto the snow. (Although he was fast, and I'm not sure how much time that actually lost him.)
What I was struck by, in watching Janka race was (1) what a tight line he ran, consistently brushing almost every gate, more so than the other racers; (2) how balanced he seemed and completely in control, picking his line instead of getting thrown around (and as the guy skiing 30th on a run that the commentators identified as full of cross ruts from the first run, you'd think there was an opportunity to get thrown around); and (3) how he was on it, skiing aggressively and attacking without getting wild or seeming to take risks, even though he was (I believe) the fastest on both runs.
The tight line seemed vintage Bode (who hits the gates in downhill) but the control and balance (instead of, say insanely great balance skills just to save the run in a series of linked recovery moves) seemed like the antithesis of Bode.
I'd be interested in the observations of those with more discerning eyes than mine.
Janka is clearly ripping it up, and he pulled off a hat trick in Beaver Creek, winning all three races, to put him over a hundred points ahead in the race for the overall title--all with a technique that looks less likely to result in skiing out or going through fences. What do you see him doing different and better than the other racers?