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Dominik Paris was initially not happy about his podium finish. © ANSA / PETER SCHNEIDER

Clouded joy: Paris on the podium at Kilde-Drama

This Lauberhorn race had it all: Marco Odermatt took victory with a magical ride, Dominik Paris recorded a strange podium finish. But neither of them felt like celebrating.

The downhill classic in Wengen was overshadowed by a nasty fall from ski superstar Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. Just a day after Alexis Pinturault tore his cruciate ligament in Wengen Kilde was also seriously injured in a fall.

The Norwegian was outflanked in the approach to the target shot and thundered into the safety net with his ski tips first - all at a speed of around 100 km/h (click here for the video)! The spectators in the stands took their breath away. They had to watch just a few meters away as Kilde had to undergo long medical treatment and be made ready for transport. The rescue helicopter rappelled additional personnel.

There is currently no official report on Kilde's health. According to initial information, Kilde was responsive, but suffered an open fracture in his right lower leg when he fell. His season ended prematurely.

“Odi” like from another planet

After the half-hour break, the race decision was de facto made. None of the following starters could pose a threat to Marco Odermatt. This conjured up a truly fabulous ride on the Swiss snow. Only the Super-G winner from the previous day, Cyprien Sarrazin, came close to him in second place, 59 hundredths behind. The third guy was already a whopping 1,92 seconds behind – and that was it dominik paris.

Dominik Paris on his Lauberhorn descent on Saturday. © ANSA / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

The 34-year-old powerhouse from St. Walburg in Ultental seemed already defeated after a slightly botched entry into the Kernen-S, but he quickly picked up speed again and secured third place in the shadow of Odermatt and Sarrazin. It is his 45th podium finish in his 255th World Cup appearance.
“You don’t feel good when you see something like that.” dominik paris

However, Paris wasn't really happy about his trip at first. His thoughts were with Kilde. “We have been racing together for ten years, we are good friends. “You don’t feel good when you see something like that,” the Ultner told the TV station ORF.

With tenth-placed Mattia Casse, another Azzurro made it into the top ten. Things didn't go nearly as well for the in-form player Florian Schieder. The Castelrotto native slipped over the Minsch ridge and was only able to prevent a fall with utmost physical exertion. Then it was over for him. The one who was still slightly injured after his fall in Bormio Christoph Innerhofer offered a solid ride, but missed the top 4,31, 15 seconds behind.

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