Svindal becomes Lord of the Lake with victory in Super G
Aksel Lund Svindal made it two wins out of two from the World Cup stop in Lake Louise as he won convincingly in the Super G. Svindal, now a four time winner in the Super G in Lake Louise, was in a class of his own and at the last split was over a second ahead of the time set by Adrien Theaux, by the finish it was just under a second but still a very comfortable win. Joachim Puchner edged out Ted Ligety by the closest of margins for the final position on the podium, 0.01seconds.
This was Svindal’s 18th World Cup win of his career and the HEAD World Cup rebel described his run afterwards as “Sometimes you are just flying down the hill. Skiing is always fun and on days like this it is unreal!” He added, "If things go well, then you have to enjoy it. This is not natural. I was quick in training, luckily I was also in the race," the two-time overall World Cup winner said after his double victory.
The conditions, albeit cold, were great and this allowed Ted Ligety to take full advantage of an early start to post a super quick time. Ligety remained in the lead until Puchner denied him. With Theaux then grabbing the lead from Puchner, it was left to Svindal to demonstrate just how fast he is in the early season races.
With many of the racers having trained on the hill through the downhill training runs, Ligety had not. Ligety had flown in the night before the race yet felt his run “was definitely better than I thought it would be. I skied really well at the top. The bottom half I just really wasn't looking out for those rolls and was getting thrown all over the place. If the race had ended a little higher I might have done better.” This was Ligety’s second best career result in Super G on the World Cup.
Many of the racers had watched Svindal’s run from the previous day to try and work out how he was so quick. Svindal himself watched the Super G from last year, where he had also won, to learn how to go faster on the hill.
This result lifts Svindal above Ligety as the two take the top two spots in the early race for the Overall Globe. Matthias Mayer made it three HEAD World Cup Rebels in the top six with sixth place to equal his best World Cup result.
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
2. Adrien Theaux (FRA)
3. Joachim Puchner (AUT)
4. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
6. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
13. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
16. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
17. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
28. Dustin Cook (CAN) HEAD
30. Tobias Stechert (GER) HEAD