March 17, 2016

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) A second-place finish was enough for Aleksander Aamodt Kilde to win the season-long super-G title on Thursday at the World Cup finals.

Five men were in contention for the title but Kilde won the crystal globe by finishing second in Thursday's race, 0.10 seconds behind Beat Feuz.

''I was really nervous this morning.'' Kilde said. ''I knew that Kjetil (Jansrud) was second so I knew I had to ski fast and everything was possible. I hammered it.''

Jansrud, the Olympic champion, tied for second in the race and in the discipline standings as Norwegians finished 1-2-3. Aksel Lund Svindal, who ended his season after knee surgery in January, was third in the standings.

''Tying with Aleksander is always fun, more fun when it's not about the globe,'' Jansrud said. ''Congratulations to Alex, he's a worthy winner of the globe. It's a pretty sweet day to be Norwegian.''

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

''We're a small team but a strong team,'' Kilde said. ''We're always pushing each other and learning from each other.

''We've been good since super-G started on the World Cup circuit so there's always been role models to look up to and learn from.''

Kilde had 335 points heading into the races in St. Moritz, followed by Svindal with 310, Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria with 298 and Jansrud with 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 contention.

However, Kriechmayr and Weibrecht missed a gate on the tricky Corviglia course so Kilde, who was the last of the title contenders to start, needed only to finish sixth 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.

''The feeling you get when you do mistakes is you think forward and you think I still got it but you think everything is gone,'' Kilde said. ''But then when you cross the finish line and look at the clock it makes the feeling even better.''

It was a second straight World Cup win for Feuz after the Swiss skier won Wednesday's downhill.

''It's unrealistic, unbelievable, difficult to explain what happened,'' said Feuz, who added he had considered being a test skier in St. Moritz if he was unable to compete.

''Just one week ago I told my trainer that if I didn't qualify I would go as a forerunner. So to go from forerunner to double champion is crazy.''

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This story has been corrected to show that Jansrud tied for second.

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