Marco Odermatt dominates Lake Louise's Super-G

World Cup leader Marco Odermatt wins the Super-G in Lake Louise.

by Faruk Imamovic
Marco Odermatt dominates Lake Louise's Super-G

World Cup leader Marco Odermatt wins the Super-G in Lake Louise. Matthias Mayer secures a place on the podium with third place, 0.78 seconds behind. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (+0.37 seconds) is second. Vincent Kriechmayr finished fourth (+0.86 seconds).

After the giant slalom in Sölden, Marco Odermatt won his second World Cup race this winter, his 13th overall. The defender of the big crystal ball got ahead of the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (+0.37 sec.), who won the downhill on Saturday, as well as Matthias Mayer (+0.78) and Vincent Kriechmayr (+0.86) through.

Daniel Hemetsberger was surprised in seventh. “I had a great feeling while racing. When you cross the finish line more than a second in front it is always a good sign. It was a great feeling,” said Odermatt. Mayer's start into the season went well, in the downhill he finished fourth.

“I tried my best and tried to push hard. After all I am happy in third place. They both did a really good run today. We will see in the next few races, I hope I can join them on the podium again,” said Mayer. Now it is time to gather the strength for the three races in Beaver Creek, then he hopes that "the two in front" will also be able to bend.

Kriechmayr satisfied with the performance

Conditions were difficult with wind, poor visibility and light snowfall as the race progressed. Odermatt was just as undeterred by this as Hemetsberger, second in the descent, who still managed to finish seventh with start number 48 (+1.24).

"I trust Daniel a lot, so many injuries and yet he always risks life and limb," Kriechmayr said before his trip. There were still World Cup points for Raphael Haaser (15th), Otmar Striedinger (25th), Stefan Babinsky (26th) and Christian Walder (30th), Marco Schwarz (36th) missed them.

Odermatt had a big smile on his face. “Both of us want to win. We are good friends and respect each other. It is great to have a rival like (Kilde). We will compete against each other for a long time,” said Odermatt.

“We are good friends and competitors for sure. I think we fire each other up quite a bit,” said Kilde. “We are having such a good time together and competing. He is a really good competitor and could be a really good friend on site too.

So, let’s have a party. He is going to be hard to beat this year. But I beat him yesterday, so if I beat him every-other chance then I am fine with that too,” said Kilde.

Horror fall causes disruption

The race was interrupted for a longer period in the early stages after Mauro Caviezel (car number eight) crashed.

The 34-year-old hit his head on the icy track at high speed and at least got a bloody face. In 2021, Caviezel suffered a traumatic brain injury during a training crash in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and the Swiss made his comeback in a World Cup race in Lake Louise. But he didn't finish the downhill on Saturday.