Men's Val Gardena/Gröden Speed Weekend Preview

Val Gardena/Gröden will host two races, a Downhill, and a Super-G, on Friday and Saturday.

Val Gardena is home to the Saslong Classic, one of the iconic Men's World Cup Downhill races.

In 1967, the International Ski Federation decided to host the 1970 Ski World Championships in the valley. The first World Cup race was held in Val Gardena/Gröden on February 14th, 1969.

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1970 were held in Val Gardena, from February 8–15, 1970. For the only time, results from the World Championships were included in the World Cup points standings, then in its fourth season.

Since 1972 and Val Gardena become a traditional venue of the World Cup races. In 1975, Val Gardena/Gröden hosted the World Cup Finals for the first and only time.

No technical races have been hosted in the valley since then, only a Downhill until 2002, when the Downhill has been paired with a Super-G race.

Last season Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won the Super-G and the Downhill in Val Gardena.

Once again the Norwegians confirm their tradition in Val Gardena placing two athletes on the podium of Friday's Super-G. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was the fastest on the course set by the Austrian coach, claiming his second victory in Val Gardena.

Kilde attacked as usual throughout the whole course and thanks to a flawless run, he was able to finish 0.12s ahead of Swiss Mauro Caviezel.

Kjetil Jansrud, who was very fast in the first two sections of the race, joined the Norwegian party, finishing third (+0.21s) and claiming a record seventh podium in the Italian venue. The Norwegian ace finished on the podium six times in the last seven races held on the legendary Saslong.

The day after winning the Super-G Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won also the Downhill in Val Gardena. The Norwegian skied again very aggressively and managed to be the fastest man on the course.

Kilde had already won the Val Gardena Downhill in 2018 and now becomes the second man after Aksel Lund Svindal to win both the Super-G and the Downhill in the same year in the Italian venue.

The second spot on the podium went to Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who finished only 0.22s behind the Norwegian. It was his first World Cup podium.

Beat Feuz finished third, 0.54s behind the Norwegian.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde also won the Super-G (II) and the Downhill in Beaver Creek, the last two speed events this season.

Kilde has won eight World Cup events, four in the Super-G and four in the Downhill.

Since the start of 2018, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is the only Norwegian man to have won a World Cup Downhill event: Val Gardena in 2018 and 2020, and Beaver Creek in 2021.

After his comeback, it only took him three races to impressively find his way back to the winning path to win a Super-G and a Downhill.

He also finished in third (2015) and second place (2016) in the Super-G in Val Gardena.

Kilde can become the second man to achieve three successive World Cup wins in the Val Gardena Downhill, after Franz Klammer from 1975 to 1976.

Franz Klammer (4), Kristian Ghedina (4), Peter Müller (3), and Steven Nyman (3) are the male skiers to have won more than two World Cup Downhill events in Val Gardena.

Kilde could join Aksel Lund Svindal (2012-2013 and 2013-2014) as the only skier to win the Val Gardena Super-G in successive World Cup seasons. Svindal (5), Kjetil Jansrud (2), and Michael Walchhofer (2) are the only men to win this event multiple times in the World Cup.

Norwegian skiers won seven of the last nine World Cup super-G events contested in Val Gardena, with the only e