Aleksander Aamodt Kilde Wins the Saslong Downhill in Val Gardena
After yesterday's victory in the Super-G, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) wins also the Downhill in Val Gardena. The Norwegian skied again very aggressively and managed to be the fastest man on the course.
Kilde had already won the Val Gardena Downhill in 2018 and now becomes the second man after Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) to win both the Super-G and the Downhill in the same year in the Italian venue.
"It's amazing to score a double here in Val Gardena as Aksel did. He was always an idol for me and it's great to join him with this special achievement (...) My skiing is even better this season. The speed is there. And I have more experience now. It’s just cool”, said Kilde.
After today's victory, Kilde leads the Overall World Cup ranking.
The second spot on the podium went to Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who finished only 0.22s behind the Norwegian. It's the very first World Cup podium for the Amerian allrounder, who got to share it with two real speed aces.
Beat Feuz (SUI) finished third, 0.54s behind the Norwegian, and is back on the podium after a sixth place in the last Downhill in Val d'Isère (FRA). With this strong performance, Feuz celebrates the 36th Downhill podium of his career, the 19th in the last 24 Downhill races.
The Dolomites are hosting the next World Cup races, with a Giant Slalom and a Slalom in Alta Badia on Sunday and Monday, and a Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio on Tuesday.