Aleksander Aamodt Kilde opened the Lauberhorn weekend in Wengen with a win in the Super-G. The Norwegian skied again very aggressively and managed to be the fastest man on the course. For the first time in the history of the Lauberhorn races, the Super-G will also include the jump over the Hundschopf making it the longest World Cup Super-G. Kilde with a winning time of 1:47.84 minutes makes history winning the longest Super-G in World Cup history on 35 years.
Kilde celebrates his second Super-G victory of the season after Beaver Creek.
The 30-year-old has won nine World Cup Super-G events, most among active male skiers and is now tied with Marc Girardelli on fifth-most Super-G wins of all-time. Kilde has won six of the last 10 Super-G races.
“From the start I pushed as hard as I could. I felt the intensity the whole ride, on the Kernen-S I was really on the limit, but from there down I skied well. The Swiss are in brutal form, so it's always nice to beat them. It's a nice exchange of blows. On the limit, that’s how we have to do it in super-G and sometimes it works and sometimes not”, Kilde said.
Stefan Rogentin second (+0.27), and Marco Odermatt third (+0.66) lead a group of five Swiss skiers on the Top Ten.
Rogentin made it onto the podium for the first time in the World Cup. Until today his best result was a fifth place in Val Gardena Super-G in 2021. On Tuesday he set the best time in the first training session for the Lauberhorn Downhill.
"It's a special day for me, amazing feeling. It couldn’t be better. I've always liked Wengen. It's a very positive result, Kilde was just a notch better than me and everyone else.That’s so special, my first podium and to share it with Oddie (Odermatt), that’s perfect”, said Rogentin.
Marco Odermatt has recorded 11 World Cup podiums in the Super-G in his last 14 participations in the event.
"My ride was solid, but not quite optimal. I lose too much time in the upper part. In the second sector, Aleks (Kilde) was in a class of his own, so I have to learn something for tomorrow”, he said.
“I am more happy for him (Rogentin) than for me I guess, it’s so nice to see him the first time on the podium. He is so fast in training for years already and that he managed to do it now the first time here in Wengen, the most special race for the Swiss team, it’s very nice for him”, Odermatt said.