May 18, 2024

Notable in Aspen: Keldy Makes a Fat Booty – Alpine Skiing

Alexander Amudet Kelde beat the competition. © APA / Sean M Haffey

Alexander Amudet Kelde is the dominant downhill skier at the moment. The 30-year-old proved it again on Saturday in Aspen (USA) when he won the race and also took home the little crystal ball.

The relatively short stretch of Aspen was predestined for good gliders: flat on top, flat on the bottom, steep in the middle. This is how it can be summed up in a nutshell. The one who knows how to win in this track is Dominique Paris. Ultner won here in 2017 in the downhill. Paris made a good impression that day too, but South Tyrol couldn’t keep up with the best aces around Alexander Aamodt of Kelde. He finished 7th ex aequo with Florian Schieder.

With soft downhill conditions changing at times, Cheddar set the first criterion. Kastelruther lost a lot of time on the top flat, but showed a clean ride on the technically difficult trails. Shortly thereafter, Paris walked out of the starting house. As usual, the experienced driver handled the race aggressively. However, after a good flat stretch, he was unable to climb the steep slope at will. Paris left the perfect line several times, losing his lead on Cheddar and equaling his time.

Dominique Paris finished seventh. © APA / Sean M Haffey

Kelde showed what was really possible: the Norwegian was distinguished by extraordinary flexibility, then traveled the steep slopes as if on rails and took almost a second behind Paris and Cheddar. This time let the competition be desperate. Both James Crawford, who took a risk, and Marco Odermatt, who overtook the steep slope, lost more than half a second. Kildee was twice as happy that evening: not only did he win his 21st World Cup, he also got his second downhill shot.

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Segersted is taking a lot of risks

For although vision improved significantly, no one could keep up with his time. Nor did Adrian Smith-Segersted, who was leading the race before Friday’s cancellation. Taking a very big risk, the Norwegian was on his way to the podium, but pulled out shortly before the finish line – to the chagrin of teammate Kilde, who was also excited. Christoph Ennerhofer lined up 21st.

The result

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