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Kilde is the man to beat in the super-G


The race week on the Saslong in Val Gardena/Gröden kicked off with the sprint downhill on Thursday. On Friday, a super-G will follow at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel, in which the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is the one to beat.

Kilde has already celebrated five victories on the Saslong - three in the downhill and two in the super-G. The 31-year-old won the last two super-Gs held in Val Gardena/Gröden. It is, therefore, understandable that the "Super Moose" is not only the defending champion but also the undisputed top favorite. Kilde has bib 10 for Friday's race.

The 2022/23 Super-G Crystal Globe winner, Marco Odermatt, will take to the course directly ahead of the Norwegian with bib 9. Alongside Kilde, the Swiss is among the hottest contenders for taking home the gold. Vincent Kriechmayr, the 2019 Val Gardena/Gröden super-G winner, is among the closest favorites. The Austrian is the 14th racer down the valley.

Four Italian speed team athletes are currently in the top 30 of the super-G scene. On Friday, Dominik Paris, Mattia Casse, Christof Innerhofer, and Guglielmo Bosca will be bibs 2, 19, 25, and 30, respectively. Local hero Florian Schieder from Kastelruth will be the 37th racer to leave the starting gate.

From North America, James Crawford (CAN) is starting with bib 13, Ryan Cochran-Siegle (USA) with 17, Riley Seger (CAN) with 21 and Brodie Seger (CAN) with 29 in the top 30.

The super-G, which is scheduled to start at 11:45 am, will be opened by Frenchman Matthieu Bailet. A total of 65 athletes from 14 countries will tackle the race.

The complete start list for the race can be found here.