It seems like the fog was a thing of the past in St. Moritz, as skiers woke up to a sunny morning. It was the day of Super-G for Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup, last speed race of the season with two discipline globes up for grabs. With the Men’s Super-G standings, it seems like nothing is decided until the very last favorite comes into the finish area.
Beat Feuz concluded his season in the best possible way. The Swiss skier who only competes in speed disciplines ended up winning both speed disciplines at the World Cup Finals. Feuz got injured before the start of the season and only came back in the middle of January, but has had quite a successful season since then. The wins in St. Moritz were, however, the first races he won in the season. Considering that St. Moritz will host the next World Championships in 2017, this gives Swiss fans quite a hope for some nice results next year.
However, the ultimate winner of the day was Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. With second place today, Kilde managed to secure the Super-G globe, winning his first one in his short career. Kilde won one Super-G race this season in Hinterstoder, had a third place from Val Gardena and fourth places from Jeongseon and Kvitfjell. On Thursday, he would add another podium to his successful season, a second place in St. Moritz. Despite having an advantage during the entire course, Kilde made a huge mistake when landing after the jump and could barely stay on the course. However, trailing 0.10 seconds was enough to secure the globe.
Tied with Kilde was compatriot Kjetil Jansrud, who ended up in the second position in the Super-G World Cup standings. Jansrud had a huge chance to actually take the globe away from Kilde, but did not use the opportunity to do so. Jansrud had an amazing season, but he has to be disappointed about failing to defend any of the two globes he won in the previous season.
Just behind the podium, in fourth place, was Frenchman Adrien Theaux. The leading man of France's speed disciplines ended in the seventh position in the standings of both speed disciplines. Fifth place is taken by Marcel Hirscher, the Austrian who will lift the Overall Globe for the fifth consecutive time on Sunday. He really proved this season that he is not just a technical skier, scoring multiple Top 5 results and even winning in Beaver Creek.
However, it was not such a good day for Vincent Kriechmayr. The Austrian had a good chance to steal the title from Kilde, standing just a few points behind Kilde and Svindal before the race. The Austrian, however, could not handle the pressure. Kriechmayr skied out of the course after 30 seconds, not just losing the globe, but also ending up in fourth place in the Super-G standings, missing a chance for his first discipline podium. The look on Kriechmayr’s face was clear enough, this will not be a day to remember for him. In a surprising twist of things, Aksel Lund Svindal managed to keep the podium position on Super-G standings, despite only skiing at four out of eight Super-G races.
As mentioned, Kilde won the Alpine World Cup Super-G standings in the end edging Jansrud by 40 points and Svindal in third place by 105 points. Fourth place was taken by Kriechmayr, just 12 points behind the discipline podium. Fifth place went to Carlo Janka, who ended the Super-G season with a disappointing performance, ending up in 15th place.
St. Moritz Super-G Results:
1. Beat Feuz (SUI) – 1:16.17
2. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) – +0.10
2. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – +0.10
4. Adrien Theaux (FRA) – +0.20
5. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – +0.49
Complete Super-G Alpine Skiing World Cup Standings (8/8):
1. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) – 415 points
2. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – 375 points
3. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) – 310 points
4. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) – 298 points
5. Carlo Janka (SUI) – 259 points