Two years ago at St Moritz 2017, Norwegian speedster Aleksander Aamodt Kilde finished 4thin both the super-G and alpine combined, and was 6thin the downhill. In other words, he’s had a few close calls with World Championships medals. In February 2019, Kilde has a chance to take revenge and score one of the coveted spots on the podium, after all Åre is where he won his very first super-G race in his career back in 2010.
– I am ready for the World Championships and prepared to do my best. It’s the World Championships after all and you want to fight for the medals. Åre is a really cool place with its share of challenges with the weather. But that’s the same everywhere.
Kilde thinks that it feels like home at Åre and it is an advantage to be able to race in Scandinavia where family and friends can come and experience the Championships as well.
– Your family is close-by and nature all around looks very similar as back home. That’s what you have grown up with so it is an advantage. You just need to perform, deliver results and ski as fast as you can.
Despite eight top ten finishes in the World Cup last season, there were a few less stellar ones and the real highlights never materialized. The Olympic Winter Games in Korea were a disappointment with no medals to bring home. After a well-deserved break from the white circus following PyeongChang 2018, Kilde has had a restart and knows his speed is there. He is convinced that he can be up there at the very top and fight for medals at Åre 2019.
– It is my time to shine now! I have had a few good tries and near misses, so this season will be both a challenge and an opportunity to do it just that much better.
How do you like Åre as a competition site?
– I really like Åre. I really want to race all the way from the very top to the bottom. The view from the start is just spectacular.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in a Nutshell
Born: 21 September 1992 in the municipality of Jar i Baerums, Norway
World Cup debut: October 2012
First World Cup podium: Val Gardena (super-G) 2015
Selected highlights: 2013 Junior World Champion in giant slalom; eight World Cup podiums including two victories (as of 13 Dec 2018)
Height and weight: 182 cm, 90 kg
Weird fact: Not related to Kjetil Andre Aamodt, one of the all-time best ski racers