YANQING / OSLO (VG) Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (29) clinched Tuesday’s Olympic super-G and secured the first championship medal of his career. Adrian Smiseth Sejersted (27) finished in a sour fourth place.
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Kilde was the big favorite before the race and drove from start number seven to a clear lead, one second ahead of Frenchman Alexis Pinturault who led.
– Lets go !, shouts the Norwegian in the goal area.
“Are you kiddin me” says the speaker over the facility when Kilde drives in and clenched his fist in front of the camera. “Wow” is said in the area where the press stands. There are not many spectators in the arena, but there was no doubt that the wildly green numbers impressed a lot in the Chinese mountains.
– I cheered as if I were going to win gold, but it is allowed when you get into the lead in the Olympics. It was an insanely good and liberating feeling, especially after the disappointment yesterday, says Kilde to Discovery +.
– I am super happy. Finally on the podium, it’s so cool, he says to the licensee.
The Lommedalen boy ran an almost perfect race from start to finish. Two issues later came what was to be Kilde’s biggest competitor, Swiss Marco Odermatt. But it did not want for the super talent, and drove out.
– Sickly cool with Aleks. I think he is happy, even though he would like to get even more out of the day, says Rasmus Windingstad to Discovery +.
Unfortunately for the Norwegians, it looked like the snow was much faster at the bottom of the trail when first Austrian Matthias Mayer came in for a new lead of 0.42 ahead of Kilde, before American Ryan Cochran-Siegle pushed the Lommedalen rider down to third place. Adrian Smiseth Sejersted finished in a sour fourth place.
– I drove well, but fourth place. It’s a bit bitter, says Smiseth Sejersted to Discovery +.
– I felt a little of it. They came in a row the two boys. Aleks and I had a terrible start, a couple of start numbers there. Then there was one elbow in the snout, and then the other. Fortunately, the distance was at least a little bigger, so that’s fair.
– It’s just to cuddle. It is absolutely beautiful to drive, was the message Kilde delivered to teammate Sejersted.
And he did it for good.
Sejersted almost matched the teammate from top to bottom, and drove into second place 0.32 behind.
– Yes! Yes! drive then !, he was heard screaming at the camera at the finish line.
But it looked very scary when Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr came on the starting number after. The speed cannon delivered a very good lap, and finished only two hundredths behind Sejersted. The medal went to the Bærum boy when Mayer and Cochran-Siegel drove in for gold and silver.
In the finish area you could see a very disappointed Sejersted who saw the Olympic medal run away. Next to him, Kilde stood with one arm around his shoulder and comforted his teammate.
Kjetil Jansrud drove in to 18th place 3.06 behind Mayer, while Rasmus Windingstad drove in to 24th place.
– It’s boring for me not to perform the way I wanted. It’s all right, and I can be realistic and understand that it will be difficult. I tried what I could, but I could not keep the pace I wanted. And then I just have to realize that the level is not there, Jansrud says to VG.
The Vinstra boy has announced that this is his last Olympics. But whether it is his last season, he has not decided yet.
– There has been a lot of focus on getting to the Olympics, so I have not really been able to go round if there will be any more skiing. What I can say is that it will at least be Kvitfjell at home, says the alpine legend.
The World Cup race is run in super-G and downhill on Kvitfjell on 5 and 6 March.
– I thought it could have gone quite a lot better than it did today. I expected more than I got out of the day, says Windingstad to VG.
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