After the fourth place in super-G, the Swiss phenomenon dominates ahead of Kilde. Canadian Alexander bronze
The World Championship of surprises registers another first time, but this time announced. Gold in the downhill goes to Marco Odermatt, the Swiss phenomenon who at 25 has already won an overall World Cup and is on his way to an encore, but had never won before in this specialty. After the 4th place in super-G Odermatt taught the world lessons: he staged a different race for lines, aggressiveness, material choices. A masterpiece of style and its superiority is certified by the stopwatch: 1’47″05 the final time, almost half a second (49 cents, which translated is 13 meters and 84 centimeters ahead) over Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, the Norwegian this season he won 5 out of 8 Cup descents and collects the second silver of these World Championships after the one in super-G.
Canadian Cameron Alexander takes bronze (at 89/100) ahead of Marco Schwarz (at 93/100) and teammate Crawford (at 1”01). For a couple of tenths the Azzurri remain dry: Florian Schieder is seventh at 1″09, Dominik Paris eighth at 1″13.
Florian Schieder, who started with number 1, was almost perfect. A couple of uncertainties arrived in the finale, but they charged him even more to attack the wall until the finish line.
“I had a good race, a pity about the mistake at the end. But I’m still happy,” the 27-year-old from Castelrotto said on Rai microphones, who destroyed his left knee at the World Cup two years ago in Cortina and who surprised this season with second place in Kitzbuehel. Paris, on the other hand, paid above all for the delay accumulated in the second sector. “I gave everything, but it wasn’t enough – commented Paris -. Maybe before the piano I wasn’t able to make so much speed “. Fifteenth finished Matteo Marsaglia (at 1″53), 20th Casse (at 1″83).
Odermatt, seven times second in the downhills of the Cup, five years ago he was crowned junior world champion (in that edition he won all the races, including the team event). It is the 34th world gold for Switzerland for men, the 14th in downhill (the last one had arrived with Feuz in 2017).
February 12, 2023 (change February 12, 2023 | 5:59 pm)
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