Kilde dominates the downhill in Val Gardena/Gröden
It’s Norway again! This time, it’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Aksel Lund Svindal’s younger team member who is standing on top of the podium. It's his downhill on the Saslong and his first triumph in Val Gardena/Gröden.
Under a blue sky and in front of a large audience, 26-year-old Kilde has an imposing downhill, a perfect race, from top to bottom, leaving the competition behind. The Norwegian, who had already been on the podium twice in super -G in Val Gardena/Gröden, closed the race with a time of 1:56.13. All the others finish far behind. Austrian Max Franz, who was the fastest in the second training, finished second at +0.86, while Swiss Beat Feuz finished third at +0.92.
Just off the podium is the American Bryce Bennett, who precedes another specialist of Saslong, the American Steven Nyman. Aksel Lund Svindal, winner of yesterday's Super G and record holder of Val Gardena/Gröden with seven wins, has to settle for seventh place this time.
What about the Italians? They end up far from the best. Strongest is the young Venetian Emanuele Buzzi, 15th, with the South Tyrolean Dominik Paris 17th. Christof Innerhofer, after yesterday’s amazing second place can not repeat his feat and closes 18th.
Unfortunately, Swiss Marc Gisin had a serious fall during the race. The 30-year-old edged out before the Camel Humps and landed on the ground after a bad fall. He was immediately attended and transported by helicopter to the hospital. After the interruption, the downhill restarted with Svindal at the Start.
The result list of the downhill is here.