“A hell of a race”
Another Norwegian victory, but with Aleksander Aamodt Kilde a new name on the highest podium. Here is what the racers had to say about today's downhill.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (1st place)
"To win another World Cup race after almost three years is, of course, extraordinary. I noticed right at the finish that I had put down a great race. I knew that I had made no mistakes, but it was very difficult for me to explain the large gap between me and the rest of the field. Recently, I had good intermediate times again and again, but never made it all the way to the finish - today I finally managed that. Now it's time to take the 'momentum' with us to the new year and to clinch as many top positions as possible by the end of the season."
Max Franz (2nd place)
"I was a little subdued in the super-G but I tried to shake that off today. I definitely felt some pressure after the good training runs, but I put down a strong performance. The Ciaslat section was not perfectly executed, but you have to admit that Aleksander really put down a great run. Here in Val Gardena/Gröden I feel particularly comfortable, even though the overseas races were even easier for me this year. Next up Bormio is just around the corner, I still have a lot to learn there - despite last year's good results.“
Beat Feuz (3rd place)
"It's very nice to be on the podium for the first time here in the downhill. Unfortunately, my team mate Marc's heavy crash has definitely dampened my joy. As far as the course is concerned, it's not very steep, but full of waves and jumps. That's not necessarily my terrain, but today I clearly got along very well with it."
Bryce Bennett (4th place)
„I am very satisfied with my performance and the placing. The Saslong is my absolute favorite track in the World Cup - here I can show all my strengths. It's a shame that we didn't make it to the podium, but today the hundredths were just on the other side. I'll fight back in Bormio.”
Steven Nyman (5th place)
“I made a few minor mistakes, but by and large it wasn’t bad. I just love Val Gardena/Gröden, I already know ahead of the race here that I can keep up with the best in the world. At the moment, I'm in good shape, which is reflected in my performances and results. Physically, I'm also doing quite well, even though I still have some room to improve.“
Emanuele Buzzi (15th place)
"I am very happy with my performance and the result. In the past and also in training, I have always struggled, so today's result makes me all the happier. Now I'm hoping to take my form with me to Bormio - that course suits me."
Dominik Paris (17th place)
"Yesterday I did not finish, today I was a long way behind - actually I had much bigger plans for the races here. Not only did I lose time at the top, but along all sections of the track, which gives me plenty to think about."
Christof Innerhofer (18th place)
"Kilde was exceptionally good today, you have to admit that. What makes me a bit suspicious is the fact that I - along many other strong skiers like Jansrud and Janka - lost time from top to bottom. Actually, I didn't make a big mistake and didn't feel bad during the race, so the result surprised me a bit."