Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won today’s World Cup Super-G in Val Gardena. This was Kilde's ninth career World Cup win.
The 29-year-old Viking remains the dominant man on the Saslong. After his double win last year, the 29-year-old Norwegian took today his fourth victory in the World Cup classic.
Kilde joins Aksel Lund Svindal (2012-2013 and 2013-2014) as the only skiers to win the Val Gardena Super-G in successive World Cup seasons.
Norwegians (Aksel Lund Svindal, Kjetil Jansrud, and Kilde) have now won eight of the last 10 Super-Gs in Val Gardena.
"I feel pretty amazing right now, to be honest. It's surreal and unreal and all those words. It's been three fantastic races now, one after the other, and today is one of the days where I follow my plan, skiing is really good, and I can just enjoy it", said Kilde.
Matthias Mayer finished in second place, 0.22 seconds back. Vincent Kriechmayr was third (+0.27).
It is Matthias Mayer's 19th World Cup podium in this discipline, joining his compatriot Hannes Reichelt in seventh place on the men's list of more wins in the Super-G.
“It all fits very well. I have shown that it can go on like this. I'm happy with that. Kilde is extremely strong, and he will be in Downhill too. But I'm also in a very positive mood for Saturday”, said Mayer. The 31-year-old from Carinthia, who had a serious fall on the Saslong in 2015, was on the podium four times in five speed races this season.
Vincent Kriechmayr with starting number eleven set a clear best time but was only able to enjoy the lead for a short time. Kilde with bib 13 snatched the top place just a few minutes later.
After two-fifth places in Beaver Creek, Kriechmayr was more than satisfied with today's podium. "I definitely skied better today than in Beaver Creek, much more determined".
Marco Odermatt, after being first and second in Beaver Creek, finished today in a discreet 24th place (+1.37). The 24-year-old also lost the lead in the Super-G World Cup standings. Matthias Mayer is now the new leader with 210 points. After today's victory, Kilde is ten points behind in second place. Odermatt (187) and Kriechmayr (150) are third and fourth.