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Norwegian Kilde goes back-to-back at 2021 Xfinity Birds of Prey

The world’s fastest men on skis returned to North America’s Downhill at the Xfinity Birds of Prey on Saturday, with Norway’s Alexander Aamodt Kilde claiming his first downhill win on the famed Birds of Prey, with Austrian Matthias Mayer second and Swiss skier Beat Feuz third.

Kilde, who won Friday’s Super G at Birds of Prey, is having himself a solid weekend in the United States. He’s the first racer since Carlo Janka in 2009 to win consecutive-day races on this course. Janka won all three events that year, including a super combined. The only other racer to win consecutive races is Hermann Maier, who won four races in 1999 and 2000.

With the top spot on the podium on Saturday, Kilde now has eight World Cup wins, including the two so far this weekend at Beaver Creek. He’ll look to keep the momentum going in Sunday’s downhill, a rescheduled race from Lake Louise, Canada, that was canceled in November.

Feuz, who won the 2018 and 2019 downhills at Birds of Prey, finished 1.01 seconds behind Kilde. His third-place finish is his seventh time on the podium at Birds of Prey. For Mayer, who finished second, it’s his second time on a podium in Beaver Creek.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle topped the Americans, finishing in sixth in front of a raucous American crowd in Colorado. Steven Nyman finished 18th, followed by Bryce Bennett (22nd), Travis Ganong (24th), Jared Goldberg (36th) and Erik Arvidsson (38th).

Saturday’s race was the 75th men’s World Cup/World Championships race at Beaver Creek. Sunday’s downhill starts at noon.

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