Newcomers dominated the podium Saturday at the men’s downhill race at Germany’s Garmish Partenkirchen, with Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde taking his first career win. He narrowly beat out Slovenia’s Bostjan Kline, who would have made his first career win as well. Kilde’s win on a shadowy, uneven course that made for many DNFs is yet another title in Norway’s incredible season for the men. Norway has 16 total wins, including five downhill firsts (four of which were Aksel Lund Svindal’s, whose season ended with an injury last week), The last season a country saw that many wins in one season was 2005-2006, when Austria took 18.
The women’s GS race in Maribor, Slovenia, was sloppy and soft Saturday, with winner Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany taking first despite a major mistake at the top of her first run that left her aggressively speed-checking. Lindsey Vonn, overall leader across the disciplines, crashed out in her second lap. She was unhurt, but vocal about the poor conditions and the disadvantage soft snow at the bottom of the course gave to late starters.
The men and women were countries apart this weekend but both saw Sunday’s races cancelled by poor weather. Due to a soft, melting course, officials called off the ladies’ slalom race, which took place on the same slope as Saturday’s GS after 25 starters. The men’s giant slalom race at Garmish Partenkirchen was also cancelled after rain and wet snow turned the course into slush. Officials have not announced whether either race will be rescheduled.
In positive news, Mikaela Shiffrin, defending champion of the cancelled Maribor slalom race, just got back on skis after eights weeks of recovery post knee injury. Watch here, then check out the complete results from the weekend below.
Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany
Men’s Downhill, January 30, 2016
1. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Norway): 1:55.28
2. Bostjan Kline (Slovenia): 1:55.50
3. Beat Feuz (Switzerland): 1:55.52
Ladies’ Giant Slalom, January 30, 2016
1. Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany): 2:29.82
2. Ana Drev (Slovenia): 2:30.14
3. Tina Weirather (Lichtenstein): 2:30.16