Dominik Paris Back To The Top of the Podium in Kvitfjell
The second of two Downhill races in Kvitfjell brought a well-known name to the top of the podium. Dominik Paris claims victory with unbeatable performance, edging Aleksander Aamodt Kilde by +0.55 seconds. It was the 21st career World Cup victory for the 32-year-old Italian skier.
With 17 victories in Downhill, Dominik Paris is the active male skier to have won the most Downhill events in the World Cup. On the all-time Men's list, only Franz Klammer (25), Stephan Eberharter (21), and Peter Müller (20) have more Downhill races in the World Cup than Paris.
Yesterday's winner Niels Hintermann and teammate Beat Feuz shared the third position +0.81 seconds behind Paris.
Paris is the first man to win the Kvitfjell Downhill three times in the World Cup. The Italian previously won in the Olympiabakken racecourse in 2016 and 2019.
Dominik Paris (2) and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (3) are the only skiers to record multiple World Cup Downhill wins this season.
With only the season-ending race in Courchevel, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde confirms his lead in the Downhill standings, 23 points ahead of Beat Feuz. He could become the fourth Norwegian man to win the Downhill crystal globe, after Lasse Kjus (1998-1999), Aksel Lund Svindal (2012-2013, and 2013-2014), and Kjetil Jansrud (2014-2015).
Matthias Mayer is in third position, 82 points behind Kilde.
Beat Feuz, second in this season's World Cup Downhill standings, is eyeing his fifth successive Downhill Crystal Globe. The only other man to collect five Downhill World Cup titles is Franz Klammer.
Beat Feuz won the men's Downhill at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. The Swiss became the fourth man to complete the Downhill set of an Olympic title, world title, crystal globe, and a win on the Streif in Kitzbühel, after Jean-Claude Killy, Pirmin Zurbriggen, and Franz Klammer.
Today's race in Kvitfjell was the last of the Kjetil Jansrud professional alpine ski race.
The Norwegian claimed five Olympic medals (including Super-G gold in 2014), three World Championships medals (including 2019 Downhill world title), four Crystal Globes (one in Downhill, and three in Super-G) and 23 World Cup event wins.
Of those 23 World Cup wins, Jansrud achieved seven in Kvitfjell. The Norwegian recorded his first three career World Cup wins in Kvitfjell: the Super-G on 4 March 2012, the
Downhill on 28 February 2014 and the Super-G on 2 March 2014.
Jansrud picked up 13 World Cup wins in the Super-G (third on the all-time men's list), eight in the Downhill, one in the Alpine Combined, and one in the Parallel Giant Slalom.
Medals, Crystal Globes, the Kitzbühel victory would be worth a lot, but "It's the little moments with the team, those are the real highlights, that's the best thing of all. The little things are bigger than you think, even if you end up with one or two gold medals”, said Jansrud.