HINTERSTODER, Austria – Saturday is Super-G day in Hinterstoder, and today’s race could be held under perfect conditions, with a very icy course and sunshine all day long. The Audi FIS Ski World Cup had it’s 6th men’s Super-G on the „Hannes Trinkl“ track, and with very tight gaps in the season’s Super-G ranking, the suspense was intense.
In the end, it’s younggun Aleksander Aamodt Kilde that celebrated his second career-win in Hinterstoder, after his win in the downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen earlier this season. The Norwegian laid down a strong run and took the lead out of his bib number 12 and never left it.
“It‘s been a really good season,“ said Kilde. „I‘m really happy with what I‘ve done and it‘s unbelievable, actually. Winning races is always fun, but this one I really wanted and I probably had a little bit of a better feeling today than in Garmisch. When it comes again, it‘s a little bit easier to handle.“
Kilde is now only 25 points behind his injured teammate Aksel Lund Svindal in the Super-G standings. With two races to come, one of them in his home turf, Kilde is becoming a globe favourite. “We‘ll see,“ said Kilde. „There are still races to come and you have to ski well because there are really good skiers on the hill, so you have to fight for it.It‘s been way over my expectations already, it‘s crazy.”
As in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the runner-up is Slovenia’s Bostjan Kline. He finished second in Hinterstoder’s Super-G, only +0.24 behind Kilde. “I felt pretty good,“ said Kline. „I was a bit scared and I had some anxiety before the start, but in the start I felt good, really ready for it and confident. On the course, it was nice to ski and I had grip on the ice so it was nice; and in the bottom part, you could really make the turns and enjoy the super G.”
Kline is definitively on the „one-to-watch“ list for the future, but he doesn’t put pressure on himself. “I want to take small steps. I don‘t want to get in front of myself or expect too much. I want to still stay patient and to work on being the best someday, to beat Kilde!”
Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher proved once again that he is not only an excellent tech athlete, but that he can be fast in speed disciplines as well. After his first win in Super-G at the beginning of the season in Beaver Creek, the Austrian claimed the 3rd spot on today’s podium and scored some important points.
„Most of the time, ski racing is not about fun,“ said Hirscher. „It‘s about skiing fast, and this worked out pretty well for me today. It‘s a big surprise to earn 60 points in the Super-G, I think no one could predict that. My goal was a Top 15, so to end up on the podium is really cool. With the experience, its getting easier in the speed disciplines, you get more confidence, you get the routine and the know-how, and that helps a lot.“
On Sunday, one more Giant Slalom will be staged in Hinterstoder. The first run will start at 9.30 CET and the second one at 12.30 CET.