With much better weather conditions, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won his sixth run in Aspen this season ahead of James Crawford and Marco Odermatt. The Norwegian took the opportunity to secure the little crystal globe before the World Cup Finals.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde will remain the best descender of the descent. The day after a race canceled due to weather conditions in Aspen, the Norwegian took full advantage of his bib number 7 to take control in 1’31”60, dislodging Dominik Paris from the “hot seat”. While the Italian was then relegated to 97 hundredths, no one has managed to come within six tenths of a second of the reference established by Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.
Bib number 11 on his shoulders, Marco Odermatt missed the first part of the course, conceding no less than seven tenths of a second to the Norwegian. Despite a much more successful second half of the race, the Swiss lost 63 hundredths but did not hold second place for very long in this descent organized in Colorado. Starting just after the leader of the general classification of the World Cup, the Super-G world champion gave everything. James Crawford was also left behind at the first intermediate but, by just two hundredths of a second, was able to edge Marco Odermatt to take second place.
Clarey, what regrets
On the Habs side, Johan Clarey may have many regrets. In contention for a podium until the third intermediate, making equal play with Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, the Habs made the mistake too much. Having lost too much speed in view of the final, the skier from Tignes conceded 82 hundredths and took fifth place in this descent. Vincent Kriechmayr was also able to pass the Frenchman, finishing fourth by seven tenths. Maxence Muzaton, meanwhile, took 21st place while Adrien Théaux (25th) and Nils Allègre (26th) finished in the points.
Blaise Giezendanner could not slip into the Top 30, finishing 37th almost two seconds behind, as did Alexis Pinturault, who finished 47th just ahead of Nils Alphand. With this sixth downhill victory of the season, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is sure to win the discipline’s small Crystal globe, Vincent Kriechmayer now being pushed back to 206 points with only one run remaining on the calendar, that of the World Cup finals, on March 15 in Soldeu. Marco Odermatt, meanwhile, takes a step closer to a second big crystal globe in the overall World Cup standings.
ALPINE SKIING – WORLD CUP (H) / ASPEN DOWNHILL
Final ranking – Saturday March 4, 2023
1- Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) in 1’31”60
2- James Crawford (CAN) at 0”61
3- Marco Odermatt (SUI) at 0”63
4- Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) at 0”70
5- Johan Clarey (FRA) at 0”82
21- Maxence Muzaton (FRA) at 1”41
25- Adrien Théaux (FRA) at 1”52
26- Nils Allègre (FRA) at 1”62
37- Blaise Giezendanner (FRA) at 1”83
47- Alexis Pinturault (FRA) at 2”18
48- Nils Alphand (FRA) at 2”23
Overall World Cup standings
1- Marco Odermatt (SUI) 1526 points
2- Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) 1180
3- Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 874
8- Alexis Pinturault (FRA) 593
Downhill World Cup standings
1- Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) 720 points
2- Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) 514
3- Marco Odermatt (SUI) 446
4- Johan Clarey (FRA) 321