Skirennfahrer Romed Baumann missed his first podium of the season despite the next convincing ride in the Super-G. When Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won, the 2021 World Cup runner-up finished eighth in Beaver Creek on Sunday. Second was the Swiss Marco Odermatt (+0.20 seconds), who, like in the downhill the previous day, had to admit defeat in the long duel with Kilde. Frenchman Alexis Pinturault finished third (+0.30) on the dreaded “Birds of Prey” track.
Baumann commented on his third top 10 place this winter as a “controlled, solid ride”. Around two months before the World Championships in France, the 36-year-old speed specialist, who is not yet thinking about the end of his career, is spreading hope for a World Championship medal.
It was “really cool”, he explained 24 hours earlier after the first World Cup in the USA, “it was a difficult race in terms of the conditions. The podium would have been possible, but I’m happy anyway. I left a lot of good people behind me.” Andreas Sander completed the good overall German result in twelfth place. Another departure planned for Friday had been canceled due to bad weather.
Things didn’t go as hoped for in the Vail Valley Thomas Dresden. After his strong comeback in Lake Louise/Canada, where the five-time World Cup winner from Mittenwald took eighth place in the downhill at the start of the seasonthis time Dreßen had to settle for 24th place in the downhill (1.99 seconds back) – in the Super-G he didn’t even make it into the points and finished 37th. Dreßen had been in front of Lake Louise since March 2020 because of a hip – and a knee operation no longer competed in a World Cup.
Twice unbeatable was Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. The Norwegian, who has already won the first downhill race of the season in Canada, won both races in Beaver Creek ahead of Marco Odermatt. The lead of the Swiss in the overall World Cup over the Scandinavian powerhouse shrank to 40 points in Colorado. However, since the Swiss all-rounder is also one of the dominators in giant slalom, he should already extend his lead next weekend in Val d’Isère. The speed riders will continue in Val Gardena in two weeks.