Back-To-Back Win for Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in Beaver Creek
After yesterday's victory in the Downhill, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde wins also the Super-G in Beaver Creek. The Norwegian skied again very aggressively mastering the key passages on the technically demanding first sections and managed to be the fastest man on the lower part of the Birds of Prey racecourse.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde has won eight World Cup Super-G events, most among active male skiers.
The Norwegian has won five of the last eight men's World Cup Super-G events. In the other three events, he recorded two second places and one fourth place. Today's win is his 16th World Cup victory.
"It was a long day yesterday, I had to fight to be top of the podium. It was tough but it was doable. It was tricky, the visibility was poor at times but I managed the track quite well because there were lots of places where you could do mistakes. I just tried to keep it going, be smart and also charge down the pitch. I tried to go clean", Kilde said.
"The duel against Odermatt is cool, whenever he crosses the finish line I know he's fast. So I always have to step on the gas”, he added.
Like yesterday Marco Odermatt finished again in second place. The 25-year-old Swiss star finished 0.20 seconds behind Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. It was his tenth podium in his last ten World Cup races.
In his last four participations on the Super-G in Beaver Creek, Odermatt won two times (2019 and 2021), and finished second another two (2021 and 2022).
"That's the beauty of skiing. The faster one wins. There are no discussions about referees. I could have been a little bit more aggresive in my ski. But you can already tell from the three and a half weeks that we've been on the road, I didn't feel very safe at the start - and then you lose the decisive hundredths", said Odermatt.
Alexis Pinturault finished in third place 0.30 seconds behind Kilde. It's his 4th World Cup podium in the Super-G. The last time he was on the podium in the discipline was in 2014, also in Beaver Creek. It's his 75 podium in the World Cup.
"I tried really hard to push on the pitch. I think I skied pretty well the whole way down and didn’t make huge mistakes, that’s the reason it was close at the end. It’s a technical slope, I don’t know if it’s at my advantage, but it’s a place where I ski well. It is one of the nicest speed weekends”, Pinturault said.
Two 22-year-old Norwegians shined on their World Cup Super-G debut. Atle Lie McGrath finished in fifth position and his friend and teammate Lucas Braathen was seventh.
Kilde was impressed with the perfomance of the two young Attacking Vikings. “There is no respect, they just go for it. For them to be top ten in their first Super-G races is just incredible. It is really impressive”.