Good things may come in threes, but Kjetil Andre Aamodts third consecutive combined win in a World Championship was just ridiculous.
Norways Aamodt managed to stay ahead of the younger and more aggressive Austrian skiers in the Feb. 5 downhill at the alpine world championships to take the title. He also pulled ahead of Lasse Kjus in the Norwegian history books with the 14th world championship or Olympic medal of his career.
"When you start to win you dont really think about the medals," said Aamodt. "But 14 medals is something I can really be proud of. It was a great fight to today. I was very close, Mario (Matt) was very good, and I was almost eliminated."
Austrias Matt finished second, while Swiss veteran Paul Accola, who turns 34 this month, claimed the bronze. Rainer Schoenfelder, another Austrian, finished fourth.
Jean-Philippe Roy of Ste. Flavie, Quebec, finished in eighth place with a solid performance. Edi Podivinsky of Toronto was in good shape after a strong showing in the slalom, but a binding pre-release sent him off course on a rough section of the downhill. Dave Anderson of Rossland B.C. finished in 10th position.
Roy was surprised at how well he did after taking two years off racing downhill competitions. "I was a little bit nervous because I didnt do a downhill for two years," said Roy. "I came here and the course looked pretty crazy. But when you go down during the race it is actually okay."