Kitzbühel - new Norwegians coming up
Extreme winners in Kitzbühel Downhill, extremely tight in Super-G and Adrian Smiseth Sejersted (photo) stabilizing against top ten.
This year's Downhill in Kitzbühel turned out to be as extreme as it has ever been with two extrene racers on top, Dominik Paris (ITA) and Beat Feuz (SUI). Some racers did not start because of injuries, among them Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud. But then Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was only 0.19 seconds (6) and Adrian Smiseth Sejersted 0.46 seconds (9) behind the winner Josef Ferstl (GER) in the tight Super-G.
In Kitzbühel Aksel Lund Svindal used the opportunity to announce his retirement as an Alpine World Cup racer, concluding his tremendous career with Super-G and Downhill in the World Championship in Åre. This is where he won his first Downhill Championship in 2007. Aksel Lund Svindal also is the only Norwegian with an Olympic gold medal in Downhill. We would very much like to see him in Kvitfjell 2nd and 3rd of March, but it seems like we will not. Or?
However, we will certainly see the other guys in Kvitfjell: The solid Aleksander Aamodt with several podiums this season, Adrian Smiseth Sejersted with 9th and 13th place in Kitzbühel, and Kjetil Jansrud, recovered after his injury in Kitzbühel. And will Rasmus Windingstad take a new step in Super-G in Kvitfjell, after his good races in Wengen and Kitzbühel. We look forward to the World Cup races in March.