Recent Ski News
Aksel Lund Svindal and Lindsey Vonn are no strangers to Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season titles, but 2012-2013 has been remarkable in its own right for these two. A few deciding, races late in the season, were to be held in Lezerheide, Switzerland on Wednesday, however the weather had other plans. After numerous delays, Wednesday’s scheduled events were canceled due to fog. While many would be disappointed with the result, this meant that both Svindal and Vonn would claim season titles, in multiple disciplines, based on final point standings. The Norwegian, Svindal claimed the downhill and Super G World Cup titles, bringing his career title count to an impressive nine. While Svindal’s story is remarkable in itself, it is Vonn’s season that is grabbing headlines across the globe. Just five short weeks after a devastating season-ending knee injury, Vonn still had enough season points to retain the overall downhill title. Vonn beat Slovenia’s Tina Maze by a single point.
Fortunately, this winter has been better than last – that’s a sentiment held worldwide. More snow, more frequently. Thank goodness. While he could have his pick of any destination worldwide, Sweden’s Jacob Wester has mostly stayed local this winter. The winter’s been so good to Europe, why not? And despite all these years on skis, the 25-year-old is still finding ways to keep the sport and his time on the mountain fresh, exciting and challenging.
Simon Dumont shouldn’t have been on the Superpipe podium last month in Aspen. Based on the condition of his wrists, he probably shouldn’t have had more than a commentator role at Winter X Games. Instead, there he stood on Day 2, a Bronze Medal around his neck and a left wrist wrapped in tape. There are characteristics about elite athletes that set them apart from the rest of us, and talent is just part of it. It’s also intestinal fortitude and a determination and dedication to put everything on the line. Dumont wasn’t going to sit on the sidelines despite his badly injured left wrist; that’s why he’s him and we’re us.