MAR 03, 2020
The World Cup’s final stages are an action drama. In the Super-G of Hinterstoder Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who came into the race as World Cup leader, had a big lead on the top, and it looked like he would increase his points double or even triple-digit – until he got jammed up and DNF. What a bummer! Zero points in his favorite discipline, in this critical phase of the season. “Shit happens,” he said in his post after the race, and the Redster star immediately got back on track with places 3 and 6 in the Super Combined and the GS. Whatever races will still take place in light of the continued spread of the coronavirus – Aleksander will gun it.
“It was an awesome weekend … except for this one turn…” says Atomic Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner with a wink. And that’s all he wants to comment on Aleksander Aamodt Kilde’s mishap in the Hinterstoder Super-G. “Bemoaning won’t help. The most important thing is that Aleks managed to shift gears quickly scoring valuable points both in the Super Combined and the GS. Now Alexis Pinturault is in the lead and he’s the one being chased. From now on Aleksander will have to speed up.” As long as there won’t be any cancellations on short notice due to the spreading coronavirus, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde will have two more opportunities to increase his overall score this coming weekend in the speed double (Super-G, Downhill) of Kvitfjell, Norway – on home turf. He currently sits in 2nd, only 22 points behind Pinturault.
REDSTER ATHLETES IN TOP FORM LATELY
While Aleksander’s chances to win the big globe are still intact, his teammates are showing no signs of fatigue in the season’s final stages either. In Hinterstoder Mauro Caviezel secured the podium again with two 2nd places in the Super-G and the Super Combined. Following his victory in Yuzawa Naeba Filip Zubcic grabbed 2nd place in the GS, reconfirming his great form. Manuel Feller demonstrated an upwards trend finishing 11th, while Marco Schwarz’s third-fastest time in the 2nd heat was really uplifting. With her 6th place in the Super-G of La Thuile, Ester Ledecka now has 503 points in the overall standings. That means she will now have access to good bib numbers in all disciplines.