Svindal edges closer to winning the Downhill crystal globe with second
Aksel Lund Svindal extended his lead in the Downhill World Cup standings with second place in the Downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway. The HEAD World Cup rebel posted the fastest split times virtually all the way down the Olympiabakken course yet losing time on the run in to the finish cost him his first win in Norway.
Talking after the race about the race for the Downhill Globe, Svindal said: “It is not yet assured but it is becoming an exciting race. Today I have skied well and am happy with my second place. I will take a podium place and I have another chance in the morning. I will never win the Slalom Globe therefore the only thing I am missing is the Downhill Globe,” explained Svindal after the race.
Regarding the conditions Svindal commented: ““Above it was okay, but below I had a little too much wind to be able to win here. You go 130kph and then you see how the wind comes to meet you,” said Svindal. “It is incredibly difficult to stay in position. Such a race with changing winds is just not fair.”
Gale force winds at the top of the course forced the racecourse to be shortened to a winning time of just under a minute and a half. Kjetil Jansrud was second in the race last year with a time of one minute forty-five seconds.
Georg Streitberger followed up his excellent second place in Garmisch with eighth place lifting the Austrian up to eighth place also in the Overall Downhill rankings, lead by Svindal. Matthias Mayer made it three HEAD World Cup rebels in the top 15 in thirteenth spot.
Not only did the second place extend his lead in the Downhill race, it also brought Svindal 80 points closer to Marcel Hirscher in the race for the Overall. Svindal now trails Hirscher by 129 points with the Super G in the morning still to come.
1. Adrien Theaux (FRA)
2. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
3. Klaus Kroell (AUT)
8. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
13. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
29. Ben Thomsen (CAN) HEAD