The Norwegian wins at Beaver Creek nearly ten months after rupturing his cruciate ligament before Udermatt-Mayer fourth, Krechmayr fifth-Hasser finished eighth.
Alexander Ammoudt Kelde celebrated his first win since returning to the World Figure Skating Cup after a serious injury. On Friday, the Norwegian won his second Super G Championship Beaver Creek by a narrow margin over World Cup leader Marco Odermatt of Switzerland. He won his first in Colorado, near the hometown of his girlfriend Michaela Shiffrin. The best Austrian was Matthias Mayer, who finished fourth, ahead of Vincent Krechmeier.
“It’s amazing, really cool,” said Keldy, who was eliminated at the All-Beaver Creek Super G on Thursday, of his seventh World Cup win. On Friday, Kildy ran only the third race after his long mandatory break.
“Yesterday I said, today I’m only taking a few steps, not too much risk. Then it all worked out,” Kildy told ORF TV. The 2019/2020 World Cup winner is in the running for a comeback after rupturing his cruciate ligament during training at Hinteret last January.
Prior to this season, Keldy made her relationship with alpine prodigy Shiffrin public. The American grew up in Vail, just a few kilometers from Beaver Creek, and is still home outside of the winter. When asked if he feels support from Chavin’s camp himself, he said, “Hope, let’s see. It’s great that the fans are back.”
Odermatt was missing three hundredths of a second from his third win of the season. The Swiss had won the day before and the opening of the RTL World Cup in Sölden. “After the golden eagle compressed, I headed toward the outer goal, then realized that it would be easier to drive on the left. There would definitely be three hundred,” the 24-year-old explained. Third place goes to the local American champion, Travis Ganong (+0.37sec).
Mayer missed the podium for the first time in the sprint event of the season and finished fourth, 0.92 behind him. The Carinthian was not satisfied with his flight, but the top speed of the runners in front of him was still missing. “I really managed to attack relatively well,” he said. “It’s a typical day where I have to analyze and see where I’m wasting time.”
For World Champion Super G Kriechmayr (+0.95) things didn’t go as easy with starting number 5 as it often has lately. “I was so direct about the golden eagle jump, I actually would have seen it quite differently,” said the supreme Austrian. “Of course you have to paraphrase that, it’s not fast. At least you showed a little more commitment downstairs than yesterday.”
Rafael Hauser was ÖSV’s third best runner, who once again showed a solid performance in eighth place (+1.45). Daniel Dankelmayer came in 23rd (+2.0), Christian Walder (25/+2.08) and Stefan Babinski (28/+2.15) also scored for the World Cup points. Among the dropouts was Max Franz of Carinthia, who ended his trip after missing a goal.
Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud fell relatively high on the track and only slowed through the safety net. The 36-year-old did it on his own and slid across the finish line. However, he complained of pain in his knee and collarbone and wanted a doctor to see him.
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