Two hundred points are up for grabs at today’s men’s Audi FIS World Cup races in Kitzbühel (AUT) and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal claimed the first 100 with his victory in the super-G. It was his amazing seventh victory of the season as he has been unstoppable in this year’s speed races.
Second place in the super-G was a surprise as American Andrew Weibrecht finished 0.31 seconds behind Svindal to claim his second-ever career podium finish. Hannes Reichelt earned his third podium of the season, taking third place and giving the home fans good reason to celebrate.
The super-G was the first half of today’s Alpine Combined.
Svindal and his Norwegian teammates have been on fire this season. Today was the fifth-straight victory for the Attacking Vikings as they are having a record season on the World Cup tour. Svindal is setting the pace on the speed side, while Henrik Kristoffersen has been nearly flawless in the tech events wining all but one of the slalom races this season."You never get used to winning races", Svindal admitted. "This is a pretty cool feeling still, watching the best guys come down right behind me with Kjetil [Jansrud] and Hannes [Reichelt]. I knew it would be pretty tight, and it’s always nerve-wracking to be in that position, but it’s fun when it pays off".
For Weibrecht, his classic no-holds-barred style suited the hill perfectly, as he wowed those in attendance with his aggression and precision en route to his second career World Cup podium.
"I couldn’t be happier, it’s awesome", a pleased Weibrecht said after his run. "You know, growing up, everybody thinks about getting on the podium in Kitzbuehel and today is a dream come true. I’ve just really been trying to keep it simple and just keep things running down the hill and it was a great course for that".
An Austrian making it to the podium in Kitzbuelel is an expectation from the home fans, and Reichelt delivered for the Austrian faithful. Friday’s result was Reichelt’s fourth podium appearance in Kitzbuehel, setting himself up well for tomorrow’s downhill, which he won in 2014.
"I’m feeling really great because it was a really cool run", Reichelt said. "Especially the traverse was on the limit, there were no centimeters between me and the gates so I am happy that I am healthy here in the finish and really happy about the third place. It’s so cool to be on the podium as an Austrian here in Kitzbuehel".