Re­ichelt wins fi­nal su­per-G at Aspen

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Blevins

aspen» Aus­trian vet­eran Hannes Re­ichelt sliced through a chal­leng­ing su­per-G course to win the last race of the World Cup sea­son on Aspen’s re­lent­less Ruthie’s Run on Thurs­day.

The 36-year-old Re­ichelt, the old­est racer in the field of 25 men, held a deep tuck through the plung­ing Aztec face and the no­to­ri­ous Air­plane Turn to fin­ish in 1 minute, 8.22 sec­onds. Italy’s Do­minik Paris took sec­ond, 0.11 back, fol­lowed by Switzer­land’s Mauro Cavaziel and Nor­way’s Alek­sander Aamodt Kilde, who tied for third, 0.33 be­hind.

Re­ichelt won the su­per-G world ti­tle at Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey race in 2015. Six months after hav­ing back surgery, he found an­other gold on Colorado snow on Thurs­day.

There’s noth­ing par­tic­u­larly lucky about Colorado snow, he said.

“Maybe it’s not the snow. Maybe it’s the fans and the peo­ple who are watch­ing the races,” he said.

Re­ichelt is the sec­ond-old­est man to win a su­per-G race. Like the snow, that doesn’t mat­ter, he said.

“I don’t feel old,” he said. “With that age and that ex­pe­ri­ence you are get­ting re­ally good and maybe think­ing that the sport is for younger guys, maybe that’s the wrong think­ing. In down­hill and su­per-G it’s re­ally im­por­tant for the ex­pe­ri­ence to not get in­jured. For me, speed events are good for old guys.”

The ruth­less rut­ting as the race pro­gressed proved chal­leng­ing for many rac­ers. Seven skiers were un­able to hold their line and ei­ther crashed or missed gates. Five did not fin­ish the race and two were dis­qual­i­fied.

Nor­we­gian pow­er­house Kjetil Jan­srud fin­ished ninth, but his unas­sail­able lead after a dom­i­nat­ing su­per-G sea­son earned him his sec­ond World Cup su­per-G ti­tle. Nor­we­gian skiers have ruled su­per-G rac­ing, win­ning world ti­tles for six years in a row. The 31-yearold said he ex­pects Nor­way to con­tinue its dom­i­nance, es­pe­cially when Ak­sel Lund Svin­dal re­turns

Up­com­ing sched­ule

FRI­DAY 10:30 a.m.: Alpine team event (U.S. not par­tic­i­pat­ing) SATUR­DAY 9 a.m.: Men’s gi­ant slalom, Run 1 10 a.m.: Women’s slalom, Run 1 11:30 a.m.: Men’s gi­ant slalom, Run 2 12:30 p.m.: Women’s slalom, Run 2 SUN­DAY 9 a.m.: Women’s gi­ant slalom, Run 1 10 a.m.: Men’s slalom, Run 1 11:30 a.m.: Women’s gi­ant slalom, Run 2 12:30 p.m.: Men’s slalom, Run 2 from his knee in­jury next sea­son. Jan­srud said he hopes to keep rac­ing for many more years.

“From my side, it’s very nice to see di­nosaurs like Re­ichelt be­cause that means I have more years to go,” Jan­srud said.

Hannes Re­ichelt takes some air en route to vic­tory Thurs­day in the men’s su­per-G in Aspen. He­len H. Richardson, The Den­ver Post

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