Kilde captures men's World Cup downhill for 2nd straight win in Beaver Creek

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway captured a World Cup downhill race with an aggressive run Saturday for his second win in as many days while Toronto's Jack Crawford was top Canadian in 30th at Beaver Creek, Colo.

Canada's Jack Crawford 30th, Broderick Thompson DNF after earning super-G bronze

Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, pictured, finished the demanding Birds of Prey course in one minute 39.63 seconds to edge Austria's Matthias Mayer by 0.66 seconds in men’s World Cup downhill action on Saturday in Beaver Creek, Colo. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

If there was any thought a knee injury might hold back Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, that's been erased.

His speed has quickly returned.

The Norwegian standout captured a World Cup downhill race with an aggressive run Saturday for his second win in as many days.

It's more proof the 2019-20 overall World Cup champion is returning to top form after tearing his ACL less than a year ago, and with the Winter Olympics in Beijing just two months away.

"I wanted to come back as fast as possible and I guess this is the result and I can't be more happy," Kilde said from Beaver Creek, Colo.

Starting 19th overall, Kilde finished the demanding Birds of Prey course in one minute 39.63 seconds to edge Austrian racer Matthias Mayer by 0.66 seconds. Beat Feuz of Switzerland was third, while Italian racer Matteo Marsaglia turned in a surprise run from bib No. 28 to take fourth.

Kilde won the super-G Friday in just his third race back from a training crash last January in which he hurt his right knee. He said he received congratulations from his girlfriend and U.S. skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin, who's competing in Lake Louise, Alta., this weekend.

"She's awesome," Kilde said. "We're good for each other."

Dedicated race to injured Jansrud

Toronto's Jack Crawford was top Canadian in 30th, posting a time of 1:41.97. Brodie Seger of North Vancouver, B.C., was 32nd in 1:42.01 and Calgary's Jeff Read 42nd in 1:43.06.

Broderick Thompson, who hails from Whistler, B.C., did not finish after reaching the World Cup podium for the first time in Thursday's men's super-G, earning a bronze medal.

WATCH | Broderick Thompson secures 3rd in super-G:

Canada's Broderick Thompson captures bronze at Beaver Creek super-G

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Whistler's Broderick Thompson claimed a super-G world cup bronze medal Thursday crossing the finish line with a time 1:09.56 in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

The 29-year-old Kilde dedicated the race Saturday to his good friend and teammate Kjetil Jansrud, the five-time Olympic medallist who crashed into the fencing during the super-G race Friday. Jansrud will return home to be evaluated after damage was detected to the cruciate ligament in his knee.

"Crossing my fingers for him to come back," Kilde said. "Not ready to kind of 'lose him' already. We should just give him a hand and a big applause for everything he's done."

Feuz said he thought winning Friday "set something free" in Kilde, which carried over to Saturday.

"If you're able to ski free, then all of the run comes together and he showed that in perfect fashion today," Feuz added through a translator.

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