Svindal Strikes Again: Claims Val Gardena Super-G Title


Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal is known for his speed on the slopes. But it’s his speed climbing up virtually every leaderboard FIS Alpine Skiing has to offer that is catching the attention of everyone in the sport. The three-time Olympic medalist posted back-to-back wins this month in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek. Today he increased his early season tally to three wins, taking the Super-G crown in Val Gardena, Italy for the third time in his career. As a result, he became the first ever FIS Alpine Ski racer to win three World Cup races on the Saslong course.

Svindal’s time of 1 minute, 35.82 seconds was enough to keep him on top of the podium on a foggy day at Val Gardena. This was Svindal’s 24th career World Cup victory and the 100th World Cup victory by a Norwegian man. Also with this win, Svindal regained his red leader’s bib and jumped to the top of the super-G season leaderboard by a 91-point margin. Finally, as a result of his victory Friday, Svindal once again became the overall World Cup standings leader, something he prides himself highly on.

With a picture of his coveted leader’s bib in hand, Svindal tweeted: “Val Gardena Super G. This place has always been good to me!!! Thanks everyone. Also got my red leader bib back.”

“I’m very happy but it was a tough race,” Svindal added about the action in Italy, Friday. “There was a lot of action on the course today due to all the terrain. You had to do a good inspection and make a good plan to be fast today.”

That he did, and the action is not over yet. Svindal is also scheduled to run the Downhill completion in Val Gardena Saturday, where he is also a heavy favorite. Stay tuned for updates….