Aleksander Aamodt Kilde Wins First Downhill in Kitzbühel

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde claimed today, in a lightly shortened Downhill racecourse (the race started from the reserve start, located in the Mausefalle, due to strong winds in the upper part of the slope), his first career win on the Streif. He finished ahead of Johan Clarey (+0.42) and the surprise of the day, Blaise Giezendanner (+0.63).

He is the fourth Norwegian winner at the Streif. Before him, Åtle Skårdal (1990), Lasse Kjus (1999, 2004) and Kjetil Jansrud (2015) had won the Hahnenkamm Downhill. It is his 12th career alpine skiing World Cup win and his 9th downhill World Cup podium finish.

Until today his best downhill result in Kitzbühel had been a 6th place.

Kilde has won six races this season. He joins the group of five Norwegian skiers to have achieved more than five event wins in a single World Cup season: Kjetil Jansrud (7 in 2014-2015), Aksel Lund Svindal (7 in 2015-2016), Kjetil André Aamodt (6 in 1992-1993), Lasse Kjus (6 in 1998-1999), and Henrik Kristoffersen (6 in 2015-2016).

Thanks to today's win the Viking has moved to the top of the Downhill World Cup standings with 405 points, 53 ahead of Austrian Matthias Mayer, and 68 of Beat Feuz.

It's unbelievable, I don't understand why I was so quick. I've never been like that before. I tried something and it didn't work, now I took the old skis again and they were great", said Kilde.

41-years-old Johan Clarey finished in second place. Clarey has been on the podium eight times but has never won a World Cup race. Only Heinrich Messner (10) and Mario Scheiber (8) have also claimed so many World Cup downhill podiums without ever winning. The Frenchman picked up three of his eight podiums on the Streif: third in 2017, second in 2021, and second again in 2022.

He was close again to breaking the record for the oldest man to win a World Cup event, set by Didier Cuche (37y-192d) in the Crans-Montana super-G on 24 February 2012.

"It is just unbelievable. I did not think that I could repeat my podium from last year but I had a good feeling and I really skied well in the training sessions. I am so happy about my 2nd place today but maybe I can win a World Cup sometime. I like icy slopes and the atmosphere in Kitzbühel is great - this is the land of skiing so I really enjoy this", Clarey said.

Blaise Giezendanner with bib number 43 finished in third place pushing off the podium Matthias Mayer. The best result in the world cup until today for the 30-year-old skier from Chamonix had been 8th place in the Super-G in 2016 in Jeongseon (Korea). A super-G specialist his best result in the Downhill was 9th place in Chamonix.

"I'm speechless, I have to watch it again myself. I couldn't be happier. My skis were great. In Wengen I was seconds behind Kilde, now I'm just behind him. An unbelievable leap”, said Giezendanner.