Sunshine once again graced the Olympiabakken slope in Kvitfjell, Norway, as the men wrapped up their weekend of racing with super-G on Sunday. Italian Peter Fill took his first win of the season and the first super-G win of his career with a time of 1:32.83 seconds. Austrian veteran Hannes Reichelt landed in second place, 0.10 seconds back, and reigning Super-G World Champion Erik Guay of Canada was third, 0.23 seconds off of Fill’s pace.
Although the skies in Kvitfjell were more or less clear, dark shadows were cast on the course in the morning and the first several racers dealt with a bit of flat light before the sun found its way onto the track. Fill kicked out of the gate wearing bib 10 and linked together turn after turn and effortlessly slid into the lead by a comfortable margin. Guay then came down in second place from bib 15 before Reichelt found some wiggle room and punched it into second place. It was a tight race with only 1.60 seconds separating Fill from 30th-place finisher Felix Monsen of Sweden. The tight times meant there was no room for error as several big names found themselves uncharacteristically well down on the results sheet.
Although Fill had to wait 15 years to top the podium in super-G, the Italian wasn’t about to rest on his laurels as his sights have already shifted to World Cup Finals, where he is in contention for the downhill title.
“It was a long wait for me to get the first super-G win, but I’m really happy,” said Fill. “I made a great run, no mistakes and everywhere a good line and good speed. It was perfect for me today. The whole form for the season was good, but now, in the first downhill here in Kvitfjell. I was really bad, no speed and a lot of mistakes, but yesterday and today was great. I hope now to bring my performance to Aspen. It’s a really important race there.”
After a lackluster World Championships, climbing back on the podium was just what Reichelt needed in order to pick up some momentum and finish the season strong as he eyes podium finishes in the super-G and downhill season standings.
“I think I had a lot of luck with the sun,” admitted Reichelt. “The first start numbers had the bad light, and I think after ten or something then weather was changing and we had some sun. That was luck, good that I had luck because two days ago I had some wind and that was the reason why I wasn’t so fast in downhill. The second key was skiing aggressive, especially in parts where I did a good line. On the start I was saying, ‘Ok, just ski like I inspect.’ I had done my inspection and didn’t hear too much on the radio, that was the key.”
Guay, still riding a wave of confidence after his gold and silver performances in super-G and downhill at World Championships, shows no signs of slowing down as the 35-year-old looks forward to ending the season on a high note.
“It’s been great, you know,” Guay explained. “It’s been a good weekend, fourth and sixth in the downhill, but it’s always fun to leave a race series with a bit of hardware. I’m happy with the way I skied today, and I’m excited to get back home to my girls. I don’t feel particularly old; I think that things are going better now. I’m happy physically and technically, and I’ll keep charging. I think I keep improving like a fine wine.”
Unfortunately for the Americans, Thomas Biesemeyer was the lone finisher in the points with a 19th-place finish. Brennan Rubie, Bryce Bennett, Travis Ganong, and Andrew Weibrecht finished in 33rd, 34th, 45th, and 47th place, respectively. Jared Goldberg did not start following his crash in Saturday’s downhill.
The men now head to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for the final slalom and giant slalom races before World Cup Finals on Feb. 4-5.
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- Peter Fill (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
- Hannes Reichelt (AUT) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
- Erik Guay (CAN) – Head/Head/Head
- Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
- Beat Feuz (SUI) – Head/Head/Head
- Martin Cater (SLO) – Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
- Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
- Bostjan Kline (SLO) – Stoeckli/Head/Atomic
- Mauro Caviezel (SUI) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
- Manuel Osborne-Paradis (CAN) – Head/Head/Head
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Total Time||Diff.||FIS Points||WC Points|
|4||13||422139||KILDE Aleksander Aamodt||1992||NOR||1:33.19||+0.36||4.19||50.00|
|38||47||6290540||DE VETTORI Matteo||1993||ITA||1:34.69||+1.86||21.64|
|49||52||110324||VON APPEN Henrik||1994||CHI||1:35.42||+2.59||30.13|
|Did not start 1st run|
|Did not finish 1st run|