03/17/2016 09:27 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Kilde wins super-G title as rival Kriechmayr misses a gate

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won the season-long super-G title on Thursday after two of his challengers did not finish in the last race of the season at the World Cup finals.

Five men were in contention for the crystal globe but Kilde finished second, 0.10 seconds behind Beat Feuz to remain top of the standings.

It was a second successive World Cup win for Feuz after the Swiss skier triumphed in Wednesday's downhill.

Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud was also second, with the same time as Kilde, to finish runner-up in his title defence and ensure a Norwegian 1-2-3. Teammate Aksel Lund Svindal — who ended his season after knee surgery in January — finished third in the standings.

It was a first crystal globe for the 23-year-old Kilde and comes in a discipline Norway has dominated, with its skiers winning six of the last seven Olympic super-G titles.

Kilde had 335 points heading into St. Moritz, followed by Svindal on 310, Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria on 298, and Jansrud on 295.

With a win worth 100 points, Andrew Weibrecht of the United States (91 points behind) and Carlo Janka of Switzerland (92) were also in with a mathematical chance.

However, Kriechmayr and Weibrecht missed a gate on the tricky Corviglia course meaning Kilde — who was the last of the title contenders to start — just needed to finish 10th to secure the title.

Kilde almost lost it midway down the course but recovered to arrive with the same time as Jansrud, punching the air in celebration after checking the clock.


This story has been corrected to show Jansrud finished joint second.

Daniella Matar, The Associated Press