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Alpine skiing: Kilde retaliates on the Streif with a broken hand – Baumann enters the top 10

Status: 01/21/2023 1:22 p.m.

It was impressive: the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde dominated the competition on Saturday January 21, 2023 during the descent on the Streif. The two best Germans did “snowplow”, but still made it into the top 15 of the Hahnenkamm race. Thomas Dreßen complained to the world association FIS after his fall.

Downhill World Cup leader Kilde made an impressive comeback on the Streif in Kitzbühel. The day after his disappointing 16th place, the Norwegian celebrated a landslide victory on the same circuit. The 30-year-old won in 1:56.90, 0.67 seconds faster than Johan Clarey of France and 0.95 seconds faster than Travis Ganong of the United States. The best German was Romed Baumann in eighth (+1.52 seconds). Josef Ferstl was also delighted with his eleventh place (+1.56 seconds). Thomas Dreßen couldn’t continue his upward trend after a strong 13th place finish on Friday – he crashed but was unharmed.

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Kilde with a broken hand at 140 km/h

With a metacarpal fracture suffered in training on Thursday, Kilde rode an aggressive and highly focused race. In the absence of top competitor Marco Odermatt, who decided not to start out of caution, the two-time World Championship medalist managed to reach speeds of 140 km/h. And unlike Friday, when he almost fell after a driving error and thus gave the victory, this time Kilde drove like on rails. “Unbelievable”he was happy with the victory over ZDF: “I made everything possible.”

Ferstl and Baumann make the “snow plow”

First German starters Josef Ferstl and Romed Baumann started in snow and with low starting numbers two and three. Both had a “snowplow” job for the competition – they did their job well, but also couldn’t finish on top because of the conditions. With places eight (Baumann) and eleven (Ferstl), both still achieved an excellent result.

Baumann: “It sounds right”

Ferstl and Baumann skied smoothly on the upper part and aggressively on the final slope. In the flatter middle section, however, they lost a lot of time. “It snows a lot here. We had few starts. And even though there were precursors on the way, the snow was so heavy that the track was covered in snow.”Ferstl explained after the race on ZDF: “It’s a bit of bad luck, but I still think the ride went well. I have no complaints.” Bauman said: “The snow has stuck a lot, the visibility is quite flat. It’s much more difficult than yesterday. It rumbles correctly.”

Dreßen falls and gives up

Andreas Dreßen did not have a good race, who was delighted with a courageous race and a 13th place on Friday. On Saturday he was unsure of his skis, twisted at the top and lost a lot of time. In the actually flatter part of the “Alte Schneise” he slipped in a slight curve and fell – but was not injured.

After the race, he said on ZDF: “Of course I’m disappointed. After yesterday I wanted to show it again today. It’s a shame it didn’t work out. But it happens. Check it out and move on.”

Dreßen criticizes the FIS: “Not up to date”

However, Dreßen, struggling with limited visibility due to increased snowfall, also criticized the world association FIS. “If it’s already decided in advance that the start is where it is and the athletes’ representatives are presented with a fait accompli, then I think that’s a shame. It’s no longer relevant. I don’t understand that we athletes don’t have a say in this.”, he complained that the start had not been moved back a little. Specifically at the time of his downfall, Dreßen said: “I didn’t see much there, there was no blue line. For example, I don’t understand why there is no blue line. In the end, it was still a misconduct on my part.”

Sanders in the top 20

Andreas Sander had to start the race with the high starting number 25 and finished a good 18th place (+2.14 minutes), Dominik Schwaiger didn’t get along so well on the track and ended up outside the top 30 (+3.75 seconds). Aim.

Swiss Feuz says goodbye

On Saturday, the 45,000 spectators also said goodbye to a great skier: the Swiss Beat Feuz piloted the last race of his career. The 36-year-old Beijing 2022 Olympic downhill champion, 2017 downhill world champion and 16-time World Cup winner got off to a good start in his farewell race but then couldn’t match the speed of the best runners. At the finish “Kugelblitz” Feuz was more than two seconds behind the winner of the day, but was still hugged by his colleagues and celebrated by the fans.

Goldberg rushes into the safety nets

After the fifth starter, the race had to be interrupted longer. American Jared Goldberg fell behind at around 100 km/h in the lower part of the course and crashed into the safety nets. Unlike Norwegian Henrik Röa on Friday, who broke his fibula in a fall, Goldberg was apparently uninjured.

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In Kitzbühel, Austria, the DSV drivers narrowly missed out on the top ten. Thomas Dreßen was the top German in thirteenth place when Vincent Kriechmayr succeeded.

Italian Sofia Goggia was also able to celebrate in the fifth downhill race of the season. German Kira Weidle completed the podium with Ilka Štuhec second.

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