Svindal: “It played out my way today!” Another GOLD for HEAD
Aksel Lund Svindal joined the medal rush by HEAD racers with a commanding victory in the Super Combined at the World Championships in Garmisch. Having been disappointed with his Super G, so close in the Downhill, in the Super Combined things worked out for the hugely talented multi event Norwegian. “After the downhill section, I thought I had a chance to win but I knew I would have to give it my all,” explained Svindal after the race. Svindal lead after the Downhill by over half a second (0.63) from the rest of the field. Despite this lead Svindal felt that he “could have been even faster!”
Despite having crashed in the finish area of the main Downhill, Svindal was fit and raring to go for the Super Combined. As the racers started going down the Gudiberg slope for the slalom, Svindal, no slouch in the slalom himself, looked to see who was taking the most risks. “It is always difficult when the snow is so warm,” explained Svindal in regards to how much to attack. Svindal is an accomplished Slalom racer but due to the time constraints on the World Cup does not have the opportunity to race it enough or train enough. “I feel it is important to be strong in the races where I can win,” he explained as to why he does not race slalom more.
While the racer is just one part of the set up, Svindal knows that he relies a lot on his serviceman. “Every time I am in the start, I try my best,” he explained “yet my ski technician has been working really hard all week and he is the one person who I have not yet seen to thank.” Gudbrand Smith-Erichsen has a great record in preparing skis having also been with another HEAD legend, Marco Buechel last year.
After the problems encountered from the Downhill where he jumped too far and then crashed in the finish area, losing consciousness for maybe ten seconds, to winning in the Super Combined, Svindal relied on his mental strength in overcoming his nerves for the Super Combined. “It all worked out,” he explained with his inviting smile! Svindal will also race in the Giant Slalom on Friday.
Kjetil Jansrud was disappointed with his Downhill section yet managed to rely on his slalom form to pull himself up to tenth overall. Bode Miller and Ted Ligety both failed to make the most of promising downhill runs and crashed out in the slalom section.
This was the ninth medal and the fourth Gold medal for HEAD in these World Championships. Aksel Lund Svindal also became the first defending champion to successfully defend their title.
World Champion: Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
Silver: Christof Innerhofer
Bronze: Peter Fill
10th Kjetil Jansrud