SVIN­DAL MAKES HIS­TORY WITH THIRD SU­PER-G VIC­TORY

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Nor­way’s Ak­sel Lund Svin­dal be­came the first racer to win three World Cup su­per-G races on the Sas­long course at Val Gar­dena with a dom­i­nant vic­tory on Fri­day.

The over­all World Cup leader, the reign­ing world down­hill cham­pion and su­per-G bronze medal­ist, chalked up his 24th ca­reer vic­tory as he clocked a fastest time of 1 min, 35.82 sec.

Jan Hudec of Canada was sec­ond at a mas­sive 0.58 sec, with French­man Adrien Theaux tak­ing third, a fur­ther 0.33 sec adrift. They were the only rac­ers to fin­ish within one sec­ond of Svin­dal’s win­ning time.

It was a third World Cup win of the sea­son for the Nor­we­gian and it con­sol­i­dated his lead atop the over­all standings.

“Val Gar­dena Su­per G. This place has al­ways been good to me!!! Thanks ev­ery­one. Also got my red leader bib back,” tweeted Svin­dal.

“I’m very happy but it was a tough race. There was a lot of ac­tion on the course to­day due to all the ter­rain. You had to do a good in­spec­tion and make a good plan to be fast to­day.

“The snow is al­ways great here and I like the prepa­ra­tion. It’s al­ways per­fect and you can tell by all the guys with high num­bers mak­ing their way to the top of the rank­ings.

“Val Gar­dena has al­ways been good to me: in 2002 I was sixth here in the first World Cup su­per-G I ever started, it was my first top 10 and it marked my big break­through.”

Hudec’s last vic­tory came at the Cha­monix down­hill in 2012 and the Cana­dian has been strug­gling to find a strong fin­ish in su­per-G since his sec­ond place in Crans Mon­tana the same year.

“I’m stoked I was able to ski the way I wanted to ski,” he said. “I fi­nally have no pain and that gives me great con­fi­dence to push hard and ski to my full po­ten­tial.

“I was su­per fo­cused to­day and I avoided any mis­takes, which I made in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek. Also my skis were per­fect to­day, I knew that with­out ma­jor mis­takes I could be on the podium.”

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