Aksel Lund Svindal
|— Alpine skier —|
Svindal in February 2011
Giant slalom, Combined
26 December 1982|
Lørenskog, Akershus, Norway
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|World Cup debut||28 October 2001 (age 18)|
|Teams||4 – (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)|
|Medals||4 (2 gold)|
|Teams||7 – (2003–15)|
|Medals||8 (5 gold)|
|Seasons||16 – (2002–14, 2016–18)|
|Overall titles||2 – (2007, 2009)|
|Discipline titles||9 – (2 DH, 5 SG, 1 GS, 1 K)|
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 in downhill at the 2018 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.
With his successes many consider him the best Norwegian skier ever. While the great Kjetil Andre Aamodt has been more successful at the Olympics, Svindal is by far the most successful on the World Cup circuit.
Through December 4, 2015, Svindal has won eight World Championship medals, three Olympic medals, two overall World Cup and nine discipline titles (in downhill, super-G, giant slalom, and combined), and 28 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.
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. 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.
After an Achilles tendon injury in October 2014, Svindal did not compete in World Cup events during the 2015 season. He did enter the World Championships in Colorado in February, and placed sixth in both the downhill and super-G events.
After his season long injury, Svindal had a very strong start to the 2016 season. He managed seven world cup victories before he sustained a season-ending knee injury under tough conditions in Kitzbühel, Austria.
After a fairly good start to the 2016-2017 season including 1 World Cup win, for the third straight season he suffered a season ending/interrupting injury, and this time missed both the majority of the World Cup season and the 2017 World Alpine Ski Championships.
He won another Olympic Gold in the downhill event at the 2018 Winter Olympics, becoming the oldest ever Alpine skiing gold medallist.
One of his best friends is his teammate Kjetil Jansrud.
World Cup results
|2015||32||injured: did not compete|
|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|
|2016||28 Nov 2015||Lake Louise, Canada||Downhill|
|29 Nov 2015||Super-G|
|4 Dec 2015||Beaver Creek, USA||Downhill|
|18 Dec 2015||Val Gardena, Italy||Super-G|
|19 Dec 2015||Downhill|
|16 Jan 2016||Wengen, Switzerland||Downhill|
|22 Jan 2016||Kitzbühel, Austria||Super-G|
|2018||02 Dec 2017||Beaver Creek, USA||Downhill|
|16 Dec 2017||Val Gardena, Italy||Downhill|
|19 Jan 2018||Kitzbühel, Austria||Super-G|
World Championship results
- "Svindal spectacular in winning World DH title". Ski Racing.com. 9 February 2013.
- "COMPETITORS HAVING MORE THAN ONE PODIUM". fis-ski.com. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
- www.gazzetta.it Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. – 14 March 2009
- Ski Racing.com Archived 10 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. – Svindal defends super combi gold at Worlds – 14 February 2011
- McMillan, Kelley (February 3, 2015). "Aksel Lund Svindal set to compete at Alpine Championships". New York Times. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-12. – Aksel Lund Svindal out for season after World Cup crash – 24 January 2016
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- Aksel Lund Svindal at the International Ski Federation
- FIS-ski.com – World Cup season standings – Aksel Lund Svindal
- Ski-db.com – results – Aksel Lund Svindal
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Aksel Lund Svindal". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
- Norwegian Ski Team – alpine skiing – Aksel Lund Svindal – (in Norwegian)
- Head Skis – teams – Aksel Lund Svindal
- Official website – (in English)
Kjetil André Aamodt
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