FEB 17, 2020
“What a feeling!! First win this season“ said Aleksander Aamodt Kilde’s happy post following the Redster double Super-G triumph in Saalbach (with Atomic buddy Mauro Caviezel in 2nd). He had to wait until mid-February for his first victory of the season, yet Aleksander is the one dictating the pace in the World Cup’s final stages: ahead of the technical races in Japan, he’s leading the overall title chase by 79 points over Henrik Kristoffersen and 100 points over Alexis Pinturault. It’s a promising pole position: his contenders can only score unhindered in the three remaining Slaloms, while in all other races (five speed events, four Giant Slaloms, one Combination) Redster ace Kilde will be able to continue what he’s been doing all season long: collect points in a tactically clever way …
The score is settled at the end, for sure. And lots of things can happen in the remaining five weeks of the 2019/2020 season – no doubt about that. But Aleksander’s first victory of the season in the Super-G of Saalbach was a game changer. So far the charismatic “man-mountain” had been an outsider in the overall title race with his consistent top results across four disciplines (however, without being able to win) that kept him within striking distance from the favorites Kristoffersen and Pinturault. Now he’s the one on top of the leader board. Looking at the further program there are only three more Slaloms, including the finals, where Kristoffersen and Pinturault can score unhindered without Kilde participating. Giant Slalom has been one of Aleksander’s strong disciplines lately with top 6 results (four more races to come), and he was 2nd and 8th in the two Combinations; he’s top in the Super-G rankings (three more races to come), and in the season’s last two downhill races he’ll be able to score big points. In a nutshell: Aleksander’s pole position in the overall World Cup ahead of the final stage is more than a snapshot – there’s a good chance he’ll triumph in the end.
RACE MANAGER HÖFLEHNER: “HE GETS A LOT OF THINGS RIGHT …”
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is about to prove one of ski racing’s principles wrong: winning the overall World Cup can only happen with lots of “big points” from single victories. “In the end the skier with the most points wins. Currently this is Aleks, but that could change again next weekend in Japan. Yet however this ends, it’s remarkable how he has performed so strongly in four disciplines after having switched back to Atomic just before this season. It says a lot about him and his service man Tom Bürgler. Normally it takes a season for your setup to be complete. With 13 races to go, Aleks is in the red bib with one season triumph – amazing! He gets a lot of things right. Before going to Yuzawa Naeba in Japan for the next GS, we work on a strategy of how to optimize things for the remaining races as well as the upcoming season. Aleksander has not yet tapped his full potential as an allrounder and we’re all keen to see how his victory in Saalbach will affect his further perfomance.”
YOUNG REDSTER LADIES FLY THE FLAG FOR ATOMIC
Mikaela Shiffrin was missing in Kranjska Gora after her father passed away recently. Sofia Goggia wasn’t there either following her injury. It was that much more good news that the young Redster ladies flew the flag for Atomic: Chiara Mair (6th) and Magdalena Fjällström (10th) achieved their career-best Slalom results, six athletes qualified for the second run. Christian Höflehner: “It’s just great to have that many female athletes on their way to become the world’s best skiers.”