Maiden victory for Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in GAP
January traditionally ends with the Audi FIS Ski World Cup races on the Kandahar in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After Thursday’s downhill training, the athletes got a day off because of the soft and wet snow conditions on Friday. The weather has been much better today, with colder temperatures and a bright sunshine.
These conditions provided a safe and fair race for all the athletes and allowed high bib numbers to claim top positions. One of them is Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who started with bib 30 and skied onto the highest spot on the podium!
"It's an unbelievable feeling,” said Kilde.” I was hoping for a top 10 today with number 30. While I was skiing I was really hoping for a good time because I felt like it was fast and conditions were holding up really good. Crossing the finish line with green numbers, that's crazy."
A surprise also came up on second position with Slovenia’s Bostjan Kline, who’s best World Cup performance so far was a 13th place in Santa Caterina last season.
"I knew that the race was not over as the best guys were coming down,” said Kline. “But it was amazing standing there in the leader box. I'm very happy, very satisfied. I felt good, when I saw the time and saw that I was ahead of Weibrecht I knew it was a good run, but I didn't expect a podium or anything even close."
Right behind these two young guns (Kilde and Kline are only 24 years old), Beat Feuz confirmed that he’s back in the game after missing the start of the season due to a knee injury. Only one week after a 2nd place in Kitzbuehel’s downhill, the Swiss is back on the “to-watch” list in the speed disciplines.
“In the upper part I didn’t feel very well, I didn’t have much training this season, so it’s hard to find the rhythm right away when I drop in the course. But in the lower part I felt that my skiing was fast and that I could keep the line. You’re legs are starting to get tired at the bottom, and that’s where I was fast, maybe I’m in a better shape than the athletes that competed since the beginning of the season, I don’t know. In the end it was good for a podium and I’m very happy about it.”
The speed teams are now flying over to Korea for the Olympic test events in Jeongseon taking place on 6th and 7th February, while the tech guys have one more race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (tomorrow’s GS, starting at 10.30 and 13.30), before going east to the races in Japan.