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Swiss star Odermatt golden in Lake Louise super-G; Canada’s Crawford bounces back

Every racer chased Swiss star Marco Odermatt's time on Sunday (Nov. 27), but no one could best his golden performance in the men’s super-G.

LAKE LOUISE – Every racer chased Swiss star Marco Odermatt's time on Sunday (Nov. 27), but no one could best his golden performance in the men’s super-G.

Odermatt, 25, celebrated his first win in Lake Louise at the world cup, crossing the finish at 1:32.53 on the last day of the men's event at Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Second place went to Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (1:32.90), and third was Austria’s Matthias Mayer (1:33.31).

In two races, Odermatt owned the podium in Lake Louise, also taking bronze in the men’s downhill on Saturday.

With the speculation that this could be the final world cup season in Lake Louise for the foreseeable future, the Swiss skier said he hopes it's not the final visit to Banff National Park.

“I would be really sad actually,” said Odermatt. “I really like this place and it’s a great downhill to start the season and I guess most of us like to be here. The atmosphere is just very nice, it’s calm to start, we are all in the same hotel. Most of us hope it will return here.”

Kilde, the winner of Saturday’s downhill, also expressed his desire for the world cup to continue in Lake Louise.

“That would be a pity [if it is the final year],” said Kilde. “It’s one of the most beautiful places we go during the season, and staying at Chateau Lake Louise and the whole thing around it is beautiful. I would like to keep it.”

After finishing 47th in men’s downhill a day ago, Canada’s James Crawford bounced back and finished 10th in the super-G at a time of 1:33.86.

Four Canadians were in the points on Sunday: Crawford, Brodie Seger finishing 13th, Jeff Read claiming 21st, and Riley Seger in 27th.

Canada’s Broderick Thompson finished 42nd, Sam Mulligan was 44th, and Trevor Philp and Kyle Alexander did not finish.

A scary moment happened in the super-G when Mauro Caviezel was airlifted off the mountain after a brutal crash that bloodied his face.

The race paused for about 20 minutes as paramedics tended to the Swiss skier. Before being airlifted, Caviezel could be seen talking to the course crew.

There were several wipe-outs on Sunday, but none worse than Caviezel’s. Canada’s Philp went tumbling but the Canuck quickly got back on his feet, and France’s Cyprien Sarrazin lost a ski and flew into the fencing, but was also standing after being untangled.

As the men’s world cup wraps up, the women are set to take over "The Lake" from Dec. 2-4.

Jordan Small

About the Author: Jordan Small

An award-winning reporter, Jordan Small has covered sports, the arts, and news in the Bow Valley since 2014. Originally from Barrie, Ont., Jordan has lived in Alberta since 2013.
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