Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won his sixth downhill this season at Aspen, securing an insurmountable lead in the points standings for the season’s downhill title. Kilde posted a time of 1:31.60, finishing ahead of Canada’s James Crawford and Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt. Vincent Kriechmayr from Austria, who could have prevented Kilde from winning the title, came fourth. Kilde said that it was “unbelievable” to fight the best and push himself to do better. This was Kilde’s 21st World Cup triumph, and the win came on the same day his girlfriend, Mikaela Shiffrin, was crowned the overall world champion for the fifth time. On the other hand, Adrian Smiseth Sejersted, who was the leader before the race was canceled on Friday, missed a gate and was disqualified. The skiers will return for a super-g on Sunday, where Odermatt will look to get closer to securing his back-to-back World Cup titles. Odermatt is currently 346 points ahead of Kilde with six races left in the season.
In the downhill men’s Alpine Ski World Cup in Aspen, the top ten results on Saturday were as follows:
1. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) 1:31.60
2. James Crawford (CAN) 1:32.21
3. Marco Odermatt (SUI) 1:32.23
4. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) 1:32.30
5. Johan Clarey (FRA) 1:32.42
6. Niels Hintermann (SUI) 1:32.45
7. Florian Schieder (ITA) 1:32.57
7. Dominik Paris (ITA) 1:32.57
9. Andreas Sander (GER) 1:32.61
10. Bryce Bennett (USA) 1:32.64
11. Marco Schwarz (AUS) 1:32.66.