Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (29) drove out on Thursday, but after a super finish in Friday’s super-G, he looks to take his first World Cup victory in 2021 with three small hundredths.
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From start number 6, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde drove into the lead in Beaver Creek, 37 hundredths ahead of Travis Ganong. On the start number after came Marco Odermatt, who took a clear victory in Thursday’s race.
The Swiss was 32 hundredths ahead in the second half, but he failed to match the finish to Aamodt Kilde. 32 hundredths became 12 hundredths by the third intermediate time and in the finish he was three hundredths behind the Norwegian.
– It is delicious. I’ve been on the other side before and know how it can be. Beating Odermatt is good after the day he had yesterday, Aamodt Kilde told TV3 just after he had reached the finish line.
– Nervous as just fuck, but I enjoy it, said Kilde about sitting in the leader’s chair and watching competitor after competitor come down the trail in Beaver Creek.
Should he win, it will be Aamodt Kilde’s seventh World Cup winner in his career.
The Norwegian took two World Cup victories before Christmas last year and fought to defend the victory in the World Cup overall from the 2019/20 season when he on training in the Austrian Hinterreit smoked the cruciate ligament in January.
Thus, the season was also over, and Kilde also chose to stand over this season’s opening race in Sölden in October to get a little more time.
Last weekend it was a ninth place in the comeback downhill in Lake Louise, and after driving out in Thursday’s super-G in Beaver Creek, the Norwegian showed that he is really back with a brilliant performance in Friday’s race.
Kjetil Jansrud was among those who came on a higher starting number in Friday’s race and was to challenge Aamodt Kilde, but just after the first intermission he got a solid round and drove out.
– It did not look good, said TV3 commentator Andreas Toft.
But the Norwegian got up again, and after five minutes strapped on his skis again and slid down to the finish area.
Adrian Smiseth Sejersted, who became the best Norwegian with a seventh place in Thursday’s race, is at the time of writing in 12th place, 1.63 behind Aamodt Kilde.