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Injured Downhill Star Kilde Calls for Better World Cup Race-Day Schedules to Protect Athletes

Injured Downhill Star Kilde Calls for Better World Cup Race-Day Schedules to Protect Athletes

GENEVA (AP) — Skiers must be consulted about better World Cup race-day schedules to help protect them from injuries, downhill star Aleksander Aamodt Kilde said Thursday. The former overall World Cup champion and two-time Olympic medalist spoke out in his first call with international media since a shocking Jan. 13 crash on the storied Wengen downhill ended his season. “It’s super important that we look at something that’s more sustainable,” Kilde said in an online call from his winter base in Austria where he expects to spend several weeks using a wheelchair. “We as athletes need to speak up.” The 31-year-old Norwegian is among a slew of World Cup, Olympic and world champions to crash hard in a packed January program, including his partner Mikaela Shiffrin. The American standout women’s skier is chasing a women’s record-equaling sixth overall World Cup title. Kilde hit the fences at the last turn of the longest downhill of the season when racing for the third straight day, and after two third-place results loaded his schedule with media and public …

Ski Star Kilde Dislocated Shoulder in Crash, Posts Photo From Hospital With Shiffrin at Bedside

Ski Star Kilde Dislocated Shoulder in Crash, Posts Photo From Hospital With Shiffrin at Bedside

Kilde was airlifted by helicopter from the finish area Saturday at Wengen after crashing into course-side safety fences off the final turn of the longest race on the World Cup circuit. “I’m here (and being taken care of by the one and only @MikaelaShiffrin ),” Kilde posted on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, adding an emoji of a red heart wrapped in a bandage. “This sport can be brutal, but I still love it.” The photo showed the 31-year-old Norwegian with cuts on his nose, lips and chin but smiling as Shiffrin kissed the side of his forehead. Shiffrin is next due to race in Austria on Tuesday and the American ski superstar came to the Swiss capital after her partner’s crash Saturday in the classic Lauberhorn downhill at Wengen. Political Cartoons Kilde has long been a standout racer, a three-time winner at Wengen and the overall World Cup champion in 2020. He’s the two-time defending champion in the season-long downhill standings and a two-time medalist at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. …