Aleksander the great

Mon. 8. February

Alexander Aamodt Kilde is viewed as the premier successor in the speed disciplines. However, that he already this year would obtain his very first World Cup victory, and in downhill no less, few believed. Least of all himself. And Alexander was applauded by Kjetil and Aksel, one from the finish area, the other from his sickbed.

By Stein B. Olsen.

Aksel Lund Svindal was the first one to proclaim Alexander «Alexander the great». He followed the race through the TV-screen, and quickly sent out the following message on twitter: «I disappear for the rest of the season, and the next of our guys steps up and wins. Alexander the great! Congratulations».

In the finish area we could also follow an excited Kjetil Jansrud in Garmisch- Partenkirchen. For a long time, Kjetil was fighting among the top competitors, but he made a big mistake in the lower part of the course. However, he quickly gave information to Alexander, who was starting later and standing on the top, with his considerations and advice to make him more prepared. Later, when he watched Alexander making it through the course, he realized something huge was happening. Kjetil jumped up and down screaming, and when it was shining green for start number 30 - Alexander Aamodt Kilde from Norway, everyone knew this was a historic event. The very first World Cup victory is always special.

«This is awesome. Kind of unreal, but very, very much fun», said a delighted, yet astonished, Alexander. This was the second time of his career he made it to the top ten in downhill. The weekend before he made 6th place in downhill in Kitzbuhel, and this was noted as his all-time best achievement so far, before this victory.

Waiting for victory

Many people have been waiting for Alexander's first victory. Credentials from both team mates and experts have been good throughout the whole season. That is mainly in Super-G, where he made it to the podium that historic day in Val Gardena, which gave a triple Norwegian triumph.

Kjetil André Aamodt regards Alexander Aamodt Kilde as the most dedicated alpine skier he has ever met. That says a whole lot, and for Alexander this Saturday in beautiful Garmish-Partenkirchen was a dream come true. In 2013 he made junior world champion in giant slalom. That same year he won the total European Cup for men. A big part of the season last year was ruined because of injuries. And this has been one of Alexanders biggest challenges, he doesn't always make it to the finish line. This season he appears calmer and wiser.

«I gave everything I had, full throttle, and I could feel that I had great speed. That is a good feeling», says the happy winner of the world cup.

«The downhill victory came a lot sooner than I would have thought. This is only my second top 10 placement in downhill, so it's extreme. At this time it would be more realistic hoping for a victory in Super-G. After all that is where I'm best on paper, Aamodt Kilde explains.

A thank you to the boys

«I have been an apprentice for three years now, and I feel that learning from Kjetil and Aksel's doings have been useful. And I contribute myself. We help each other, and we want all members of the Norwegian team to be fast racers. That gives good team spirit, which is vital in order to win races, in my opinion, says Kilde.

Alexander is grateful for the support he gets from his team, and in the finish area Kjetil Jansrud cheers with him.

«A fantastic Norwegian day. It is joyful that he wins. I myself was looking at a good placement, but I made a big mistake. I have no problems being happy for his victory. It's totally awesome, says Jansrud to the media after Alexander's first victory.

Billedtekst: Alexander Aamodt Kilde won this very first World Cup race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Born: September 21, 1992 (23 years)

Club: Lommedalen

Debut in the World Cup: October 28, 2012 (when 20 years)

First podium placement in the world cup: December 18, 2015, 3. place behind Svindal and Jansrud in Super-G in Val Gardena.

Other merits: Junior world championship gold in giant slalom

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