Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, currently second in the Alpine Skiing World Cup standings and title holder, will have to leave the remainder of the season with a ruptured knee ligament, announced, Saturday January 16, the Norwegian Ski Federation.
Absent on the slalom, the main opponent of Frenchman Alexis Pinturault overall was injured in a fall during super-G training in Austria. “This is what I feared but did not hope for. I’m in good hands and I have a lot of people around me with a lot of experience, so it’s going to be fine ”, said the 27-year-old athlete, quoted in the press release from the federation. ” I had a very small fall, but with big consequences “He also explained to Norwegian television.
Alexis Pinturault now has a royal road ahead of him to win the big globe of the World Cup, a first for a French skier since Luc Alphand in 1997. The Savoyard should however be wary of the Swiss Marco Odermatt, in great shape in giant slalom, the discipline of choice of “Pintu”.