MAR 09, 2020
The final stages of the 2019-20 World Cup season are in full swing and they are not for the faint-hearted. One guy definitely had nerves of steel all winter long: Mauro Caviezel. With top 5 results in all Super-G races this winter, he had the consistency it takes to bring home his first crystal globe. While Mauro benefitted from the cancellation of the season’s last Super-G in Kvitfjell, World Cup leader Aleksander Aamodt Kilde surely would have preferred to race on Sunday in front of his home crowd. Thanks to his strong 2nd place in Saturday’s downhill he regained the lead in the overall by 54 points over Alexis Pinturault. In the last two races in Kranjska Gora, however, he will realistically only be able to score in the GS. So things are very tense up until the last race. The standings in the overall as well as the Slalom World Cup are secondary for Mikaela Shiffrin, who wants to step into the start gate again in Åre after her dad had passed away unexpectedly: “I just hope to make a few good turns. I think that would make my dad happy.”
The delight about Mauro Caviezel’s first crystal globe outweighs. And the new “Mr. Super G“ and Atomic athlete has not yet tapped his full potential. “We expect great things from Mauro in the future, his consistency throughout the season has paid off. He ranked top 5 in all Super-Gs this season, great job! This crystal bowl also is a recognition for the awesome teamwork between Mauro and his service man Klaus Huttegger,” says Redster Race Manager Christian Höflehner.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde would have liked to increase his overall score in the season’s last Super-G on home turf before heading to Kranjska Gora for the final showdown. His powerful performance in the Kvitfjell Downhill with place 2 put him 54 points ahead of Alexis Pinturault, who will be able to score in both GS and Slalom. Christian Höflehner: “Things are not getting easier, but Aleks’ chances of winning the overall title are still intact. If he manages to maintain his lead over Pinturault in terms of points, Alexis would need to finish at least in 3rd position in the Slalom. He’s done that twice this season and only once in Kranjska Gora in his career.”
MIKAELA RETURNS TO THE WORLD CUP IN ÅRE
Projections of points regarding the overall and Slalom World Cup are secondary for Mikaela Shiffrin. Following her father’s unexpected passing she will most likely return to the World Cup circuit on the race season’s last weekend. Even though she has missed a lot of races during her absence, she still has theoretical chances.
“I just hope to make a few good turns. I think that would make my dad happy.”
STEFAN RIESER: A REDSTER NAME TO REMEMBER
At the same time as the World Cup’s final showdown a next gen Redster racer is gaining attention at the Junior World Championships in Narvik, Norway: Stefan Rieser. As junior world champ in Super-G and winner of the bronze medal in the Downhill he’s definitely someone worth remembering.