Alpinist Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (29) won for the first time in Kvitfjell. With Odermatt far behind him, he also won the super-G-cup title.
At the 17th attempt, Kilde should finally succeed at home. He rode a fantastic race on Sunday and finished 73 hundredths of a second ahead of the starting number seven.
Later, several heavyweight contenders would come right behind the Norwegian, who won after some insane nervous drama.
Kilde has been in the top five five times in recent years. On Saturday, he finished second to superior Dominik Paris in the downhill.
Kilde led the super-G-cup with 61 points over Marco Odermatt heading into Sunday’s race. The Swiss is already outside the top ten so he can’t stop the Norwegian’s crystal ball hunt.
On Sunday, the conditions in Kvitfjell were again absolutely perfect. Cold, blue skies and bright sunshine made it a similar day to Friday when Canadian Cameron Alexander took a split victory from starting number 39. On Saturday it was sometimes cloudy when Kjetil Jansrud said goodbye to the Alpine Circus.
New Alpine retiree Jansrud roamed the finish area on Sunday, waved to those who arrived at the finish and clapped as it should when Kilde took the lead.
Kilde won the crystal ball in the super-G-cup in 2016. In 2020, he won the even heavier – and bigger – ball that wins the overall cup.
Also the downhill cut is Kilde in the driver’s seat to win. Before the last race, he leads with 23 points on the Swiss Beat Feuz.
The speed season ends in Courchevel on March 16 and 17 with downhill and super-G.
(NTB / Dagbladet)