Another victory for Dominik Paris at Kvitfjell 2019
Italy’s veteran Dominik Paris celebrated another thrilling victory on Saturday at Kvitfjell where he enjoyed his fourth season win on the World Cup tour after a nearly flawless run down the renowned ‘Olympiabakke’ course. The newly crowned Super-G World Champion beat by 25/100 of a second Switzerland’s best speed expert Beat Feuz, while Austria’s double Olympic champion Matthias Mayer came in 3rd at 37/100.
By Patrick Lang
Another Swiss, Mauro Caviazel was 4th 25/100 from the podium but Norway’s best athlete, Kjetil Jansrud, the reigning World Champion in the specialty, was a distant 8th at 1,04seconds – still his best result this winter in downhill on the World Cup circuit. His teammate Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was 11th.
Already a winner in Norway’s World Cup Classic three years ago, Paris feels particularly confident on the technically demanding run which has hosted numerous World Cup competitions since 1993. “It perfectly suits my style, you need to be aggressive in some parts but also smooth and precise in other ones,” explained the 29-year-old Italian, already a winner this season in Bormio and Kitzbühel. On Sunday, he’ll definitely be aiming for another Super-G victory after the downhill as he did last December in Bormio, where he dominated the rest of the field two days in a row.
“The conditions were as good as possible today and I’m very pleased to have done so well again after my rather disappointing downhill result at Are last month. “In fact, I won the races before and after the World Championships. Not bad.”
Dominik’s chances for a first ever crystal globe in the specialty remain slim yet alive prior to the Finals in Andorra in two weeks. With his strong 2nd place – his fourth consecutive podium finish this winter in a World Cup downhill since his win at Beaver Creek last December – Beat Feuz keeps a strong lead of 80 points before traveling to the tiny Principality located in the Pyrenees mountains. The 2017 downhill World Champion was satisfied with his third downhill podium at Kvitfjell after celebrating his maiden victory on the World Cup tour back in 2011!
“My skiing was not as clean and precise as I was hoping before the race but I can’t complain with my result,” Feuz told the press. “My main goal was to be in the hunt for victory and possibly score some big points,” the Swiss added. “I am having a strong downhill season so far. I have a good chance now to collect another World Cup globe at the Finals,” also said Feuz, 4th in downhill at Are last month.
On Sunday, another big battle will oppose the top favorites fighting for a podium finish and some heavy points in the Super-G World Cup standings. Only nine points separate the four best specialists - Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr, Matthias Mayer, Dominik Paris and Aleksander Kilde.
Aksel Lund Svindal is actually 5th in those standings, only 17 points behind Kriechmayr – unfortunately he will not be racing on Sunday as he decided last month to retire from ski racing!