Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Lake Louise Super-G; Women Fly At Beaver Creek
Aksel Lund Svindal made himself right at home in Canada this weekend, something he’s become accustom to doing. The Norwegian alpine ski racing super star took the super-G title at Lake Louise for the third consecutive year. His finishing time of 1 minute, 28.53 seconds was enough to hold off Austrians Matthias Mayer and Georg Streitberger for first place by a slim margin.
“Lake Louise has been good to me,” Svindal said. "I won my first World Cup ever here in 2005 and it’s the one destination where I have the most wins. The super-G just seems to suit me well.”
The super-G victory was Svindal’s fifth at Lake Louise and increases his win streak, which began last season, to four consecutive races. Citing similarities in snow to his hometown, Svindal has made the most of his time in North America in recent years.
“The snow in North America, especially here, and the snow in Scandinavia is more similar than from Scandinavia to Central Europe,” Svindal stated. “I think that has something do to with it. Norwegians tend to do well in North America.”
The ladies of alpine ski racing took to Beaver Creek, Colorado over Thanksgiving weekend in the US, and Oakley athletes showed up in full effect. Fresh off her first slalom win of the season in Levi, Finland, 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin put up an impressive performance in the giant slalom, taking second place. Shiffrin finished her final run in first place, much to the delight of the home crowd, but Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby was able to nudge the American from the top spot on the podium by a 0.09 second margin. This was Shiffrin’s first ever giant slalom podium. Oakley’s Tina Weirather took third place behind Shiffrin.
“I followed through with my plan. I really just wanted to go out and ski as well as I could today,” Shiffrin said. “I’m really happy with how today went.”
Weirather also took second place in the first downhill event of the winter on Friday. The Liechtestein native is just twenty-four years old.
Next up on the alpine circuit; the men will head to Colorado for their shot at the Beaver Creek venue, while the women head north of the border for a battle at Lake Louise.