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After a few close calls, Kilde has an eye on the podium at Åre 2019: ”It’s my time to shine”

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After collecting four World Cup podiums in the 2015/16 season, it’s been tough going for the 26-year-old Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. The Norwegian speed racer now has his eye on Åre 2019 knowing that it’s the place where he won his career’s first super-G.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is ready for revenge after scoring double fourth places at the World Champs in St Moritz. Photo: Hans BEZARD/AGENCE ZOOM
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is ready for revenge after scoring double fourth places at the World Champs in St Moritz. Photo: Hans BEZARD/AGENCE ZOOM

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

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is ready for revenge after scoring double fourth places at the World Champs in St Moritz. Photo: Hans BEZARD/AGENCE ZOOM
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is ready for revenge after scoring double fourth places at the World Champs in St Moritz. Photo: Hans BEZARD/AGENCE ZOOM
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Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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