Aleksander Aamodt Kilde spoiled a Swiss celebration Friday by successful a World Cup super-G on the nation’s storied Lauberhorn mountain.
The Norwegian blew kisses to the noisy native followers within the end space in Wengen, Switzerland, after edging dwelling racers Stefan Rogentin and Marco Odermatt. Kilde, the 2022 Olympic bronze medallist in super-G, additionally held his arms out broad as if asking for the group to forgive him.
Rogentin, who acquired a career-best lead to second place together with his first podium end at age 28, was 0.27 seconds behind Kilde. Odermatt trailed Kilde by 0.66 seconds to increase his streak of top-three finishes in super-G to 4 races this season.
With lower-ranked racers but to begin, the robust Swiss workforce had three extra males within the prime 10, together with seventh-place Beat Feuz in one in all his farewell races. The 35-year-old Olympic downhill champion will retire after racing subsequent weekend in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Odermatt retained his large lead over Kilde within the general standings. The 25-year-old Swiss racer is the defending champion whereas Kilde gained the large crystal globe in 2020.
Kilde gained the World Cup super-G title final yr and lower Odermatt’s lead within the self-discipline standings to solely 28 factors with the 100 he gained Friday. They have mixed to win all 4 super-G races.
Racing on a vibrant, clear day, the Norwegian was quickest within the prime part. That pace carried him on an adventurous experience via the S-section — one of many signature options of the lengthy Lauberhorn course.
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Kilde’s 18 profession wins within the World Cup now embody 9 in every of the pace occasions, super-G and downhill. He gained the Lauberhorn downhill final yr forward of Odermatt and Feuz and can go for a repeat on Saturday in arguably Switzerland’s most prized sports activities occasion.
Brodie Seger of North Vancouver, B.C.) was the the highest Canadian finisher (1:49.99) and earned a Twentieth-place end. Broderick Thompson (Whistler, B.C.) completed in twenty eighth, Trevor Philp (Calgary) was thirty second, Kyle Alexander (North Vancouver, B.C.) ended up in thirty sixth and Jeffrey Read (Canmore, Alta.) was forty second.
Jack Crawford (Toronto) is at the moment ranked ninth general within the World Cup standings however didn’t cross the end line. Cameron Alexander (North Vancouver, B.C.) and Riley Seger (Vancouver) additionally didn’t end.
Two super-G races cancelled from Lake Louise, Alta., and Val Gardena, Italy, have been rescheduled for Jan. 28-29 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. That weekend grew to become free when an absence of snow in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, pressured a downhill and a large slalom to be cancelled.