Kilde continues the show of speed – the young Norwegians are surprised at Beaver Creek

Alpinist Lommedalen beat his biggest rival Marco Odermatt by two tenths of a second. For the second day in a row, nobody was able to convict Kilde in Colorado.

– It’s totally real. You don’t believe it until you see it, Kilde said in a Viaplay broadcast shortly after the finish line.

On Saturday he won the downhill race by six hundred margins, and even then Odermatt was the closest. A week ago, the Swiss was best in a super-G race at Lake Louise, but the other three speed races all saw the Norwegian win.

– Alexander did everything right. He hit so well, it was fun to watch. He drives roughly at the very bottom, says Viaplay mountain expert Marius Arnesen.

Nice debut

Kilde cruised to a 16th individual win at the World Cup. They were evenly split between downhill and super-G, and he is just two wins away from former Norwegian speed king Lasse Kjus.

Beaver Creek’s success came despite Kilde’s hanging costs. He was sick with the flu for a week before the competition. He told NTB he was feeling “pretty good” during the practice session.

Kilde is not alone in the Norwegian camp making headlines. In a late start, Atle Lie McGrath made a wild, top-level super-G debut. At one point, the Norwegian-American was only 13 hundredths behind Kilde on the field and finished in 5th place.


His teammate Lucas Braathen soon followed. He also had a strong spell at the top but had a more difficult time coming to the finish. Nevertheless, he finished seventh in his first speed race at the World Cup.

The youngsters have presented their greatest feats in technical practice so far, but are also tipped for a fast future.

Adrian Smiseth Sejersted crashed out in Sunday’s race. He disappeared as the first man on the field.

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