Aksel Lund Svindal Claims 2014 Downhill, Super-G Season Titles
Just weeks before the 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup finals, Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal has already wrapped up season titles in two of the sports top events. With a fifth place finish in the downhill event at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Svindal secured the downhill season title for the second year in a row. Svindal would later go on to secure his third straight super-G globe.
With his downhill performance in Switzerland, Svindal also took the lead in the overall season standings by 41 points over two time defending champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
“If I had to put money on someone (winning the overall season title) I have no idea who it would be,” said Svindal,
Although Svindal’s super-g race in Switzerland didn’t wind up being what he had hoped, finishing in a disappointing 16th place, it was enough to secure him the season title in that specific discipline, while he saw the overall season title slip away to the defending champion.
“It’s not the way I wanted to end it,” Svindal said of his super-g performance. “I wanted to be faster today, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. I didn’t ski well enough today. I made a mistake at the bottom entering the flatter part of the course and it cost me.”
Although he may not have completed his overall season in the way he is accustomed, Svindal can rest easy when he looks at the two new crystal globes in his trophy case at night.