The tension was high today and the athletes were nervous as the last super-g World Cup of the season would decide on who’s walking away with the crystal globe. The Aliga Course in Soldeu El Tarter offered the perfect stage for this fight, where Dominik Paris emerged victorious.
Dominik Paris, Vincent Kriechmayr, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Kjetil Jansrud, Matthias Mayer and Mauro Caviezel were all in contention for the win and all started the day, knowing that winning the race is the best way to secure the globe. So all of them took a lot of risks and pushed hard today, creating some scary moments and a thrilling race.
But in the end, the fastest was Dominik Paris. He didn’t only defend his lead in the Cup standings but also extended it, by taking his seventh win this season. After a double victory in Bormio and in Kvitjell, the Italian speed whiz added a double victory at the World Cup Finals in Soldeu. In addition to his Kitzbuehel downhill win. With that pace, that flow, and the fun that he has on skis at the moment, it’s difficult for the other athletes to catch him in the speed disciplines.
With a second place in today’s race, Mauro Caviezel claimed his fourth podium this season. The Swiss athlete started in the season with strong results in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek and managed to stay in the game all the way to the end of the season. This additional podium also allows him to secure the third place in the season standings and to grab his first Crystal Medal in career. Caviezel also finishes in third place of the alpine combined standings.
Vincent Kriechmayr is the third winner of the day. Not only did he find his way back to the podium after three fourth places in a row in super-g, but his constant performances throughout the season allowed him to finish in second place of the super-g standings 2018/19. With two medals at the World Championships and two medals in the season rankings, he can look back at a successful season.
With today’s super-g, the speed season of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup is now over. Tomorrow, an alpine team event will be held in El Tarter, before the two final days of tech racing in Soldeu.
Results are available here: Soldeu SG
Quotes from Dominik Paris are available here: Soundcloud