Alexander Aamodt Kilde (30) is shining in his first season as a leading figure in the Alpine squad, but admits there are gaps to fill after Kjetil Jansrud (37) and Aksel Lund Svindal (39).
Then Alexander Amodet Source They broke to the top of the world with their first two World Cup victories in early 2016, and that was with Axel Lund Svindal and Ketil Jansrud as the leading figures in the national team.
Thus, it was the 30-year-old Kilde who entered the new season as captain of the Norwegian alpine climbers.
– There is of course a void to fill after the two boys, Kildee tells VG.
– Not only in terms of performance, but also as individuals, they are amazing contributors and someone I learned a lot from. For my part, I have work ahead of me, but I feel like I have a team now that is very willing to learn and be part of the process of building the culture that they represent. I probably don’t have the worst role, and I feel very fortunate to be in that position. So far, it’s only very positive, Kildee continues.
The knowledge that Jansrud and Svindal brought to Kilde is in many ways reminiscent of what it was like when Svindal hacked himself some 20 years ago. Then with Lasse Kjus and Kjetil André Aamodt as the leading characters.
– It’s good to know that what we’ve done before works, that the plan we put in place in the past was a very good winning plan, it’s good to know in a team moving forward. I’ve been around for a few years now, I’m 30 and I’ve gained some experience. In that sense, it’s a good timing to take charge, and I can try to build on that knowledge with the support I have around me, Kildee says and adds:
Young boys who attend show that they are ready to be a part of the ride. I think we can enjoy it for a few more years.
So far, at least, everyone has had enough to enjoy the Norwegian results in the 2022/23 World Cup season.
Along with another 22-year-old – Atlee Lee McGrath – they were excited The ten most powerful positions At Super-G’s debut in Beaver Creek at the beginning of December.
Kildee himself took his fifth win of the season in the downhill in Val Gardena on Saturday:
The 30-year-old says it’s a “dream” to lead guys like Braathen and McGrath.
– It couldn’t be much better. I’m so lucky that way, and it’s not just the two of them. We have other players on the team who are at least as important, and who contribute to a good ignition in the group, a good push, and provide much-needed input to us,” Kildee says.
– They’re small too, so it’s important to keep them off the ground every now and then. It’s good for the sport and good for the team. I enjoy being their big brother. There is a good atmosphere, and a low threshold in both directions. They dare to speak up if there is something I do, and vice versa. I think the dynamic is very good, says Kildy.
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