Aksel Lund Svindal

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Aksel Lund Svindal
— Alpine skier —
Aksel Lund Svindal Hinterstoder 2011.jpg
Svindal in February 2011
Disciplines Downhill, super-G,
giant slalom, slalom,
combined
Club Nero Alpin
Born (1982-12-26) 26 December 1982 (age 31)
Lørenskog, Akershus, Norway
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
World Cup debut 28 October 2001 (age 18)
Website aksellundsvindal.com
Olympics
Teams 3 – (2006, 2010, 2014)
Medals 3 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 6 – (200313)
Medals 8 (5 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 12th – (20032014)
Wins 25
Podiums 57
Overall titles 2 – (2007, 2009)
Discipline titles 9 – (2 DH, 5 SG, 1 GS, 1 K)

Aksel Lund Svindal (born 26 December 1982) is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Kjeller, Norway.

Born in Lørenskog in Akershus county, Svindal is a two-time overall World Cup champion (2007 and 2009), an Olympic gold medalist in super-G at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and a five-time World Champion in downhill, giant slalom, and super combined (2007 Åre, 2009 Val-d'Isère, 2011 Garmisch, and 2013 Schladming). With his victory in the downhill in 2013, Svindal became the first male alpine racer to win titles in four consecutive world championships.[1]

Career[edit]

Through December 2013, Svindal has won eight World Championship medals, three Olympic medals, two overall World Cup and seven discipline titles (in downhill, super-G, giant slalom, and combined), and 25 World Cup races. Additionally, he won four medals at the World Junior Championships in 2002, including gold in combined.

On 27 November 2007, during the first training run for the Birds of Prey downhill race in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Svindal crashed badly after landing a jump. He somersaulted into a safety fence and was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center with broken bones in his face and a six-inch (15 cm) laceration to his groin and abdominal area. Svindal missed the remainder of the 2008 season, and returned to World Cup racing in October 2008. His first two victories following his return were a downhill and a super-G in Beaver Creek, on the same Birds of Prey course where he was injured the year before.[2]

Svindal's silver medal downhill run
at the 2010 Olympics at Whistler

At the 2009 World Championships, Svindal won the gold in the super combined. Fulfilling his comeback during the 2009 season, Svindal won his second overall World Cup over Benjamin Raich of Austria. Entering the last race of the season, a slalom at the World Cup finals in Åre, Sweden, Svindal led Raich by just two points. They had won the two previous races (a downhill and giant slalom respectively), with Svindal leading but Raich was the favorite as a specialist in slalom. Both skiers went off course and did not finish the slalom, so the Norwegian became the overall World Cup winner.[3] He also won his fourth discipline title, his second in super G.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics on 15 February, Svindal won the silver medal in the downhill competition in Whistler, 0.07 seconds behind the winner, Didier Défago of Switzerland, and 0.02 seconds ahead of bronze medalist Bode Miller of the United States. Svindal's medal was Norway's hundredth silver medal at the Winter Olympics, the most for any nation.

Four days later on 19 February, Svindal won the super-G, his first-ever Olympic gold medal – ahead of Miller (+ 0.28 seconds) and Andrew Weibrecht (+ 0.31 seconds), both of the U.S.

Svindal successfully defended his world title in the super combined in 2011 at Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany.[4]

Svindal dated alpine racer Julia Mancuso of the U.S. for three years, until the couple split up in September 2013.

World Cup results[edit]

Season titles[edit]

11 titles: (2 overall, 2 DH, 5 SG, 1 GS, 1 K)

Season Discipline
2006 Super-G
2007 Overall
Giant slalom
Combined
2009 Overall
Super-G
2012 Super-G
2013 Downhill
Super-G
2014 Downhill
Super-G

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2003 20 39 38 26 23 58 4
2004 21 19 41 19 15 36 6
2005 22 21 37 17 11 30
2006 23 2 13 10 1 13 7
2007 24 1 21 1 5 7 1
2008 25 40 50 19 22 45
2009 26 1 5 1 4 11
2010 27 4 54 8 3 7
2011 28 4 59 2 16 10 5
2012 29 3 11 1 6 5
2013 30 2 47 7 1 1 5
2014 31 2 16 1 1 12
  • Standings through 15 March 2014

Race victories[edit]

25 wins – (8 DH, 12 SG, 4 GS, 1 SC)

Season Date Location Discipline
2006 27 Nov 2005 Lake Louise, Canada Super-G
15 Mar 2006 Åre, Sweden Downhill
2007 30 Nov 2006 Beaver Creek, USA Super combined
21 Dec 2006 Hinterstoder, Austria Giant slalom
14 Mar 2007 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Downhill
15 Mar 2007 Super-G
17 Mar 2007 Giant slalom
2008 28 Oct 2007 Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
25 Nov 2007 Lake Louise, Canada Super-G
2009 5 Dec 2008 Beaver Creek, USA Downhill
6 Dec 2008 Super-G
11 Mar 2009 Åre, Sweden Downhill
2010 18 Dec 2009 Val Gardena, Italy Super-G
2011 8 Jan 2011 Adelboden, Switzerland Giant slalom
2012 27 Nov 2011 Lake Louise, Canada Super-G
14 Mar 2012 Schladming, Austria Downhill
2013 24 Nov 2012 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill
25 Nov 2012 Super-G
14 Dec 2012 Val Gardena, Italy Super-G
25 Jan 2013 Kitzbühel, Austria Super-G
3 Mar 2013 Kvitfjell, Norway Super-G
2014 1 Dec 2013 Lake Louise, Canada Super-G
6 Dec 2013 Beaver Creek, USA Downhill
20 Dec 2013 Val Gardena, Italy Super-G
29 Dec 2013 Bormio, Italy Downhill

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2003 20 5 DNF 22
2005 22 12 6 7 7 2
2007 24 DNF1 1 13 1 5
2009 26 9 3 11 1
2011 28 4 DNF 5 1
2013 30 4 3 1 DNF2

Olympic results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2006 23 DNF2 6 5 21 DNF SL1
2010 27 3 1 2 DNF2
2014 31 7 4 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Svindal spectacular in winning World DH title". Ski Racing.com. 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ www.gazzetta.it – 14 March 2009
  4. ^ Ski Racing.com – Svindal defends super combi gold at Worlds – 14 February 2011

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Kjetil André Aamodt
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Andreas Thorkildsen
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Tommy Jakobsen
Flagbearer for Norway
Sochi 2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent