"Implemented my plan perfectly"
Once again, a Norwegian skier beamed from the highest podium in a World Cup race on the Saslong: Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was the celebrated winner in Friday’s super-G. The voices on the race.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR/1st Place)
"Today is truly a great day. The race week in Val Gardena/Gröden has always been a special one for me - this year even more so than usual because I did feel some pressure in the run-up. But I had a concrete plan right from the start, which I then implemented perfectly in the race. The Saslong simply suits us Norwegians: it is technically demanding, has many jumps and the snow conditions also suit us - we get on very well with this overall package. Since a few critical voices have arisen recently, I was totally motivated today. But I know myself well and I know what I can do - now I have shown it also to others. Tomorrow is the next highlight with the downhill, and I will be on full attack again."
Mauro Caviezel (SUI/2nd Place)
"I am very satisfied with second place. I certainly lost a few hundredths, but overall I can't complain. A more aggressive fall line would have been possible especially in the middle section, I will keep that in mind for the coming races. I have never been very good in the downhill here, so my main goal for tomorrow is to improve on the last few years. Without fans, the World Cup events are quite different, as you can get into the zone much faster on race days and also have more peace and quiet. Still, the spectators on the side of the course and in the finish slope are clearly missing - I hope we can get back to normal soon."
Kjetil Jansrud (NOR/3rd Place)
"The course today was quite demanding. I was maybe too cautious overall and lost the few hundredths on Aleksander. It is true that the slope suits me, but I can't say for certain why I am always so fast here. We do miss the spectators, but we athletes should first and foremost be grateful that we are allowed to ski at all. None of this can be taken for granted, so for my part I'm glad that we can go about our work - with or without fans. I see that all racers act responsibly and that unnecessary contact is largely avoided. This is especially important, because spreading the virus would be the worst thing that could happen to us. Hopefully everyone will remain careful so that we can finish the season successfully."
Dominik Paris (ITA/12th Place)
"Going down the track with bib 1 is not so easy because unliked racers that follow, you don't get a lot of important information about the state of the course. I tried to push to the limit and unfortunately made a mistake right at the Camel Humps, which certainly cost me a few tenths of a second. Today I noticed again that I'm not quite where I want to be just yet. I definitely want to do better in the downhill than I did in the training. The downhill line is a bit more compact and icy than the super-G, which actually suits me. But you have to be able to cope with all conditions as a speed skier, so I don't want to use the course as an excuse.”