Norway can claim all three of the best d0wnhill racers in the world. At the final Super-G race in St Moritz on Thursday, Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won the overall World Cup for the season, with Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal claiming second and third place.
Kilde, age 23, also became the youngest skier ever to win the over Super-G World Cup. “This is unreal!” he told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) as he clutched the crystal globe he won, which the Norwegians call the coveted kula.
“Triple norsk is just fantastic,” Jansrud exclaimed to NRK, quickly getting over his disappointment at tying for second place in Thursday’s last race of the season with Kilde. Beat Feuz of Switzerland actually won, but Kilde and Jansrud had stacked up more points through the season to win the actual World Cup.
Svindal, meanwhile, has been out of action since he took a terrible fall in January and suffered injures that ended his season. He had already done so well earlier, though, that his points landed him on the winners’ podium nonetheless.
Norway has a long history of triumph on the downhill slopes, with six Norwegians (Svindal, Jansrud, Kjetil André Aamodt, Jan Einar Thorsen and Atle Skårdal) winning the Super-G World Cup since 1993. Svindal alone has won five times.