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Kilde okay after being almost dropped on Streif, Odermatt has to worry

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With no prospect of a top place, both of them initially arrived apparently unhurt after the World Cup downhill. While the Norwegian Kilde reported a little later “everything is fine”, the overall World Cup leader from Switzerland complained of knee pain. Odermatt skipped the second descent on Saturday to take it easy.

Possibly sustained meniscus injury

Odermatt missed a bump, but saved himself spectacularly. As Swiss Ski announced on Friday afternoon, he suffered “a blow to his left knee” and further investigations are being carried out. According to reports, a meniscus injury cannot be ruled out.

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“I’m glad I didn’t end up in the net. But first I have to rest my knee a bit and I’ll keep looking every day,” explained Odermatt, who finished 54th and quickly hobbled out of the finish area. His next race would be the night giant slalom in Schladming on Wednesday.

Kilde, who had already struck his hand and suffered a fracture in the final training session, also narrowly avoided a presumably painful fall into the fence at the beginning of the target shot and finished 16th. The snow was good, he quickly got into the traverse. “I jumped very far, was pushed back when I landed and then had the choice: either give up or give it 100 percent gas. I gave it 100 percent gas and then it was close to shit,” said Kilde, who Second in the overall World Cup, in the finish area.

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Luckily he finished with an intact body and got a new opportunity on Saturday. The fact that he grabbed the snow with his already injured right hand did not cause any further damage. “That’s okay. Painkillers and adrenaline is a good combination. I can feel it now, but tomorrow it’s okay.” After the two mishaps, he said: “Now I’m done with these things, tomorrow I want to ski a little better and finish with a good feeling.”

Kilde came closer and closer to Vincent Kriechmayr, who had started before him and later won. He felt that. “I made mistakes at the top. That was maybe the reason why I took so many risks in the Traverse. I thought, now I have to step on the gas. That was a bit too much today.” About Odermatt he said: “It was close to a fall, but that’s the way it is in sport. You can see that the best skiers in the world can also make mistakes.” In his precarious situation, he no longer had time to think, that was the instinct that saved him from the net.

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