Arvidsson, Goldberg Break Top 15 in Super-G
It was an exciting Sunday to end the Stifel America’s Downhill in Aspen. The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team men put on a show with two U.S. men coming in hot from the back, tying for 14th place. Jared Goldberg bumped up to 14th from bib 45 and his teammate Erik Arvidsson bumped up to 14th from bib 52. Ryan Cochran-Siegle landed in 18th position.
“I thought I had a good top section, I thought I executed really well, turns out the wind was a little bit in my favor,” said Arvidsson. “I carried a lot of speed onto the flats and I executed how I wanted to. It was a cool feeling to end the World Cup speed season this way.”
The stands were full for the third day in a row and the atmosphere was electric as Swiss phenom Marco Odermatt won the day, his fifth super-G victory of the season. In second place was German skier Andreas Sander and in third, Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde for his second podium of the weekend.
There were quite a few big leaps from the back of the field, notably Nico Gauer of Liechtenstein jumping from bib 53 to sixth place, winning the Stifel Bibbo Award for the biggest jump, and Canadian Riley Seger moving up from from bib 51 to 10th place.
“The wind was blowing at the very top—the clocks right next to us fell over,” said Goldberg. “I was really on the limit and could have skied cleaner but I was pushing it and trying to have a solid fast run.”
Rounding out the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team, Bryce Bennett scored points in 28th place. Kyle Negomir was 36th. Almost a third of the skiers did not finish, including River Radamus.
This event closes the men’s speed Audi FIS World Cup races until World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra. The men’s technical World Cup continues with two giant slalom races on March 11 and 12 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.