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WJC – 'Stable' Second run propels Kilde to GS gold


MONT-STE-Anne – A mistake from first run leader Gino Caviezel helped, but Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde posted a screaming second run and found himself winning the giant slalom gold medal in the World Junior Championships at Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec. … handily.

Silver medal winner Italian Alex Zingerle was sixth after first run but well within range as the first 13 skiers were a second or less apart. Though he said his run didn’t feel fast, it proved to be plenty fast enough to conquer a bumpy track.

Slovene Zan Kranjec, the bronze medal winner, took his second run after Zingerle’s teammates had already begun celebrating at the edge of the finish area and said he was uncertain his time was going to stand up. “When I finished I was second, so I was nervous. I’m very happy,” he said. “I know I can make a good result. … I know it’s hard, but if I make a good result I know I can be in the top three.”

Kilde was rather matter of fact about his win. It was all hard work and steady skiing he said.

“I have just been training hard and working hard every day,” he said. His second run was, he said, “like what I do in training. It wasn’t anything special. I’m just stable when I ski. I can do my turns every turn.”

Which appears to be exactly what he did, arcing his way down the rolling La Crete/Beauregard trail that looks, from the top, like it drops into the wide St Lawrence basin.

Zingerle finish caused an eruption from a small group of teammates gathered on the narrow side of the finish fencing.

“In the first run I feel good with my skiing, but then in the second it was really turny and I didn’t feel that good,” he said. “Then across the finish my teammates tell me that I have a good advantage and I was surprised.”

He said, “It was bumpy conditions, I liked it.”

GS, he said, “is tradition in Italy. I think we are good because we see that in the World Cup they are good.”

The North Americans were at a disadvantage.  The new dimension skis made mandatory for the World Cup this season were also mandated for the Europa Cup and these championships. They were not for Nor Ams nor for any races save the December World Cup races on this continent. Canadian Trevor Philp was the only North American to finish in the top 15, posting 12th more than two seconds out.

“Our primary focus has been Nor Ams,” said Keiffer Christianson, a second run DNF. “We’ve been on the smaller radius skis. We’ve been diligent about still getting time on the 35m skis. … I warmed up on them for all races and what not. It’s a pretty easy transition to go from the bigger skis to the shorter… but not the other way around.”

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Mont St Anne (CAN)
FIS Junior World Ski Championships
Men’s Giant Slalom

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  7  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt  1992  NOR   1:08.75  1:12.00  2:20.75  7.86
 2  25  6290440 ZINGERLE Alex  1992  ITA   1:09.02  1:12.21  2:21.23  10.90
 3  12  561244 KRANJEC Zan  1992  SLO   1:08.82  1:12.68  2:21.50  12.60
 4  5  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik  1994  NOR   1:08.81  1:12.88  2:21.69  13.80
 5  2  54144 MEIER Daniel  1993  AUT   1:08.94  1:13.16  2:22.10  16.40
 6  35  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin  1992  FRA   1:09.87  1:12.25  2:22.12  16.52
 6  10  422275 JOHANSEN Ola Buer  1993  NOR   1:09.41  1:12.71  2:22.12  16.52
 8  4  511852 CAVIEZEL Gino  1992  SUI   1:08.66  1:13.49  2:22.15  16.71
 9  30  54063 FELLER Manuel  1992  AUT   1:10.23  1:12.17  2:22.40  18.29
 10  20  400237 MEINERS Maarten  1992  NED   1:09.47  1:12.94  2:22.41  18.36
 11  8  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel  1992  RUS   1:09.49  1:13.03  2:22.52  19.05
 12  1  103865 PHILP Trevor  1992  CAN   1:09.45  1:13.44  2:22.89  21.39
 13  21  511847 MANI Nils  1992  SUI   1:09.40  1:13.68  2:23.08  22.59
 14  3  511857 JENAL Sandro  1992  SUI   1:09.66  1:13.50  2:23.16  23.10
 15  17  180705 PIRINEN Eemeli  1993  FIN   1:10.81  1:12.36  2:23.17  23.16
 16  14  54093 STROLZ Johannes  1992  AUT   1:09.41  1:13.77  2:23.18  23.23
 17  26  103997 MEGARRY Morgan  1993  CAN   1:10.39  1:12.87  2:23.26  23.73
 18  27  561254 ZERAK Misel  1992  SLO   1:09.81  1:13.59  2:23.40  24.62
 19  40  202464 GASSNER Philipp  1992  GER   1:10.88  1:12.81  2:23.69  26.45
 20  32  54170 MATT Michael  1993  AUT   1:09.68  1:14.08  2:23.76  26.89
 21  55  501898 ROENNGREN Mattias  1993  SWE   1:10.89  1:13.27  2:24.16  29.42
 22  28  512014 NIEDERBERGER Bernhard  1993  SUI   1:10.83  1:13.58  2:24.41  31.00
 23  22  422134 BJERTNESS Endre  1992  NOR   1:10.91  1:13.52  2:24.43  31.13
 24  24  202520 HOLZMANN Sebastian  1993  GER   1:10.74  1:13.92  2:24.66  32.58
 25  48  6530117 CONE Robert  1992  USA   1:10.97  1:13.71  2:24.68  32.71
 26  42  561255 CATER Martin  1992  SLO   1:10.22  1:14.59  2:24.81  33.53
 27  45  422310 SEJERSTED Adrian Smiseth  1994  NOR   1:10.01  1:14.88  2:24.89  34.04
 28  44  194457 GALEOTTI Greg  1992  FRA   1:11.18  1:13.79  2:24.97  34.54
 29  46  6290985 BUZZI Emanuele  1994  ITA   1:11.19  1:14.14  2:25.33  36.82
 30  23  103857 ST-GERMAIN Wiliam  1992  CAN   1:11.01  1:14.38  2:25.39  37.20
 31  43  194873 SARRAZIN Cyprien  1994  FRA   1:11.85  1:13.76  2:25.61  38.59
 32  13  54104 WALCH Magnus  1992  AUT   1:10.58  1:15.11  2:25.69  39.10
 33  57  550054 ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps  1992  LAT   1:11.58  1:14.74  2:26.32  43.08
 34  54  202451 STRASSER Linus  1992  GER   1:12.78  1:13.67  2:26.45  43.90
 35  59  491853 DEL CAMPO Juan  1994  SPA   1:11.41  1:15.11  2:26.52  44.35
 36  39  501736 HEDMAN Bjoern  1992  SWE   1:11.11  1:15.54  2:26.65  45.17
 37  38  501994 SUNDQUIST Max-gordon  1994  SWE   1:12.51  1:14.52  2:27.03  47.57
 38  69  700868 FALAT Matej  1993  SVK   1:12.88  1:14.20  2:27.08  47.89
 39  66  700879 ZAMPA Andreas  1993  SVK   1:12.28 align="right"> 1:15.12  2:27.40  49.91
 40  71  40594 PERAUDO Ross  1992  AUS   1:12.31  1:15.46  2:27.77  52.25
 41  56  6530453 DUPRATT Samuel  1993  USA   1:12.82  1:15.00  2:27.82  52.57
 42  15  6530486 KRAUSE Nicholas  1993  USA   1:12.13  1:15.87  2:28.00  53.70
 43  68  60236 VAN DEN BROECKE Dries  1995  BEL   1:13.67  1:16.44  2:30.11  67.05
 44  72  30283 FREEMAN CRESPO Ignacio  1992  ARG   1:13.48  1:17.42  2:30.90  72.04
 45  53  6530104 BENNETT Bryce  1992  USA   1:15.54  1:15.43  2:30.97  72.48
 46  78  430550 KLUSAK Jakub  1992  POL   1:14.57  1:16.57  2:31.14  73.56
 47  34  104015 SCHUESSLER BEDARD William  1993  CAN   1:11.91  1:19.58  2:31.49  75.77
 48  75  481514 BORODAYKIN Artem  1994  RUS   1:13.13  1:18.45  2:31.58  76.34
 49  85  240139 KEKESI Marton  1995  HUN   1:14.10  1:17.90  2:32.00  79.00
 49  83  680054 GEDEVANISHVILI Dimitri  1993  GEO   1:13.77  1:18.23  2:32.00  79.00
 51  79  250348 KRISTGEIRSSON Einar-Kristinn  1994  ISL   1:14.81  1:17.69  2:32.50  82.16
 52  84  250341 ISAKSSON Arnar-Geir  1994  ISL   1:14.07  1:19.42  2:33.49  88.42
 53  77  790025 LAMHAMEDI Adam  1995  MAR   1:16.58  1:19.69  2:36.27  106.00
 54  86  340300 ASSOUAD Georges  ass="print1" style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 9px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, Swiss, SunSans-Regular; background-color: #f0f0f0; vertical-align: top;" align="center">1995  LIB   1:25.25  1:27.60  2:52.85  210.84
Did not start 1st run
   70  170131 FAARUP Christoffer  1992  DAN         
   64  400235 WINKELHORST Steffan  1992  NED         
   49  501751 STEDING Daniel  1992  SWE         
   37  221117 GOWER Jack  1994  GBR         
Did not finish 2nd run
   87  340230 FENIANOS Naim  1992  LIB         
   74  380361 RODES Istok  1996  CRO         
   67  40553 CHEVALIER Luc Henri  1992  AUS         
   65  194892 CASTELLON Rudy  1994  FRA         
   36  6290183 RONCI Giordano  1992  ITA         
   33  380335 ZUBCIC Filip  1993  CRO         
   29  40489 LAIDLAW Luke  1992  AUS         
   18  511908 SCHMIDIGER Reto  1992  SUI         
   11  194686 FABRE Jonas  1993  FRA         
   6  6530115 CHRISTIANSON Kieffer  1992  USA         
Did not finish 1st run
   82  370031 ALESSANDRIA Arnaud  1993  MON         
   81  250353 SNORRASON Sturla-Snaer  1994  ISL         
   80  250359 BJARNASON Jakob Helgi  1995  ISL         
   76  221053 STEUDLE Roy-Alexander  1993  GBR         
   73  860005 BRACHNER Patrick  1992  AZE         
   63  481549 STUKOV Maksim  1994  RUS         
   62  481540 KOLGOTIN Pavel  1994  RUS         
   61  501987 MONSEN Felix  1994  SWE         
   60  491876 PUENTE TASIAS Alex  1994  SPA         
   58  6290886 BACHER Fabian  1993  ITA         
   52  6530599 STRAND Matthew  1993  USA         
   51  511983 AERNI Luca  1993  SUI         
   50  104023 STEINKE Chris  1993  CAN         
   47  194858 ALLEGRE Nils  1994  FRA         
   41  6290799 FRANCESCHETTI Pietro  1993  ITA         
   31  6290845 BOSCA Guglielmo  1993  ITA         
   19  202535 DRESSEN Thomas  1993  GER         
   16  54076 KOECK Niklas  1992  AUT         
   9  104026 SWETTE Ford  1993  CAN   
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