Road to Sochi: Team Oakley Athlete of the Week – Aksel Lund Svindal
As many regions brace for the coming of winter, a handful of the world’s elite athletes prepare to compete on sports’ most prestigious global stage. The 2014 Winter Olympics are upon us and the remote region of Sochi, Russia is set to host the twenty-second edition of the biggest winter sporting event in the world. As the days until the Opening Ceremony count down, we invite you to get to know some of the most passionate, fearless, determined and awe inspiring athletes, some of whom you will undoubtedly see on the podium come February. Each of these athletes strive to compete in Sochi as representatives of their home nations, but are bound together, despite national boundaries, as members of another exclusive team: Team Oakley.
This week’s Team Oakley Athlete of the Week is Aksel Lund Svindal. The Norwegian alpine skier has made a habit of success on the big stage, having already brought home gold, silver and bronze medals from the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver along with countless World Cup titles, World Championships and heaps of other major accomplishments. The 30-year-old Svindal will look to continue his Olympic success this winter in Sochi where he will compete in the Downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom disciplines.
Q & A
What does it mean/would it mean to you to be an Olympian, representing your country this winter in Sochi?
The Olympics are great. First of all it’s very cool to be a part of it. To be able to go to the Olympics, not only to race, but to feel the Olympic spirit. And I also think The Olympics are a great opportunity to inspire the world and show the good values that sports are built on.
At what point did you set your sights on becoming an Olympian? When did you realize that goal was realistic?
I always take things as they come. I´m sure I´ve always dreamed about going to The Olympics, but I never gave it much thought. Not until 2006 and I was suddenly a part of the Olympics. I don’t think I realized how big and how much fun it was until I was there.
What is your favorite Olympic moment?
Crossing the finish line in the 2010 Olympics, seeing that I was the fastest and winning the gold
You had a very successful 2013 campaign, including overall World Cup Titles in the Super G and Downhill disciplines as well as a Downhill World Championship…how does that success translate into confidence at the upcoming Olympic Games?
I know that I´m fast enough to win The Olympics on a normal day. But on any given day anything can happen, so you´ve gotta prepare for everything.
In Vancouver you took home a medal of every color. Is the plan for three golds in Sochi?
That´s no plan, but it could be a dream. Let´s see what happens. I have a lot of respect for the competition.
For more on Svindal visit his Oakley bio here.