Marco Odermatt Wins Super-G in Cortina
Marco Odermatt won today the first ever Men's Super-G World Cup Race held in Cortina d'Amppezo. It's his 18th World Cup victory.
Odermatt was forced to take a break after the first Downhill in Kitzbühel due to knee problems. Today he returned to the World Cup after missing two races, to finish again at the top of the podium in the first of two Super-G races to be held in Cortina.
"This is definitely one of my most special victories. I would like to thank my team for the support over the last week. It's incredible that it worked out like that. It was a very different kind of skiing than usual. I was focused on other things than racing because I wasn't expecting much. Even at the start I didn't have the focus that I usually have. When I scored the first few goals I thought about my knee, but once I realized it was holding I was able to let it go. But that's definitely not the result I expected at the finish", Odermatt said.
With 1286 points after today's win, he has extended his lead over Kilde (1073) in the overall standings to 213 points.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde finished in second place 0.35 seconds behind the Swiss.
"It was a difficult race. I had to hold back more often than usual. But the snow conditions were very good. It certainly worked better for Odermatt than for me. I'm happy that he was able to win today. We'll see how the course is set tomorrow, but there's definitely still room for improvement", Kilde said.
Only Marco Odermatt (3) and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (2) have won in a Super-G race this World Cup season.
Marco Odermatt (6), Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (6), and Vincent Kriechmayr (3) have won each of the last 15 Men's Super-G World Cup events since Ryan Cochran-Siegle was victorious in Bormio on 29 December 2020.
Behind the Super-G dominators Odermatt and Kilde, Mattia Casse completed the podium to the delight of the local fans (+ 0.49). It's his third podium in the World Cup. He finished in third position in the Val Gardena and Wengen Downhills. The 32-year-old Italian skier achieved his first World Cup podium this season in Val Gardena. Until then his best result in Downhill was a 7th place in Val gardena last season.
"This season I’m taking one big step in Super-G from the start of the season. I started 26th in the rankings and step-by-step I climbed to the top positions this January", said Casse.