It was in Kitzbühel's first downhill race last Friday that Odermatt went sideways, twisting his knee, and finished in 54th place.

There were immediate concerns about a meniscus injury and that the World Cup, which starts on February 6 in Courchevel, France, would be in jeopardy.

However, Odermatt, who won the overall World Cup last year and leads this year by far despite the injury layoff, was able to return to the double super-G races in Cortina d'Ampezzo this weekend and win both.

"Two important races in the mini-comeback"

- It was special, two important races in this mini-comeback and to be able to do it before the WC.

Now I know that everything works, says Odermatt, who of course extended the lead in the overall and the super-G cup, according to AP.

The biggest threat in the World Cup, the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, was second on Saturday but one of 21 skaters who did not finish in the difficult race on Sunday.

No Swede participated.

The Olympics will be run on the same hill in 2026.