Feuz strikes again; Kilde Super-G King
For the second straight day at the Audi FIS World Cup Season Finals in St. Moritz, Beat Feuz (SUI) stood on the top step of the podium after he won today’s super-G.
Norwegians Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Kjetil Jansrud tied for second place, finishing 0.10 seconds behind the Swiss sensation. The second place finish for Kilde was enough for the young Attacking Viking to claim the super-G Crystal Globe as he celebrated his triumph as he crossed the finish line. It is the first career globe for the 23 year-old as he led a Norwegian sweep in the discipline with Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal ending in second the third place on the season.
"I started out in Lake Louise with a good feeling. It was just a curve that went upwards," said Kilde "Right now, I'm standing with a crystal globe and feeling just amazing. I can thank Kjetil and Aksel for their support. I've been working hard, but it's easier when you have teammates like that."
The win also made Norway the dominant force in super-G as it became the first nation to win the super-G season title 10 times.
But for the fans in St. Moritz, the only story line that mattered was the amazing comeback of Feuz, who has reemerged on the World Cup scene in grand fashion since the start of 2016, earning five podiums, including the two victories here in St. Moritz. All of the other 2016 podiums came in downhill, so the super-G victory sets the stage for what could be a very strong season for Feuz next year.
"It's hard to say what exactly is happening here in St. Moritz. It's amazing, to think just one week ago in Norway where I told my coach if I didn't qualify for the super-G here, then I would race as a forerunner, said Feuz after the race. "I was really unsure if I could make it back this season, so to end the season with two wins is a dream."
The atmosphere in St. Moritz could not have been any better, as the host of the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships had dream weather and a fairy tale story in both the men’s and ladies’ super-G races today. In addition to Feuz’s triumph, Lara Gut picked up the super-G globe after her second place finish today.
"I hope that the championships are as good as this week has been, but there's a lot of work to do between now and next season," said Feuz.
In just four races so far, the Swiss have two victories and two second place finishes, in addition to Gut’s super-G globe today and her officially receiving the 2015/16 Overall Globe on Sunday.
The Swiss will look to keep their momentum in tomorrow’s Team Event, which begins a noon. The Season Finals will then close over the weekend when the tech events take center stage with the slalom and giant slalom final races.
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