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SVINDAL Aksel Lund
SVINDAL Aksel Lund

Aksel Lund SVINDAL

  • G 2
  • S 1
  • B 1

This Norwegian Colossus, who stands 1.89m tall and weighs almost 100kg, has already seen it all in Alpine skiing – the fame of being the world’s number one in 2007 and 2009 and the world downhill champion in 2007, as well as the agony of a major injury and a long time spent in hospital followed by physiotherapy, after a terrible fall at the start of the winter 2008 season in Beaver Creek (USA), which stopped him from skiing for almost a year.

Full of hope in 2006

His first Olympic experience was in Turin in 2006. Aksel left the Games without a medal round his neck, but happy with his performances, with good fifth and sixth places in the shadow of another giant, his compatriot, Aamodt. That year, he won his first World Cup races in Åre (SWE) and Lake Louise (CAN), in downhill and Super G. Svindal is an all-round skier who is extremely reliable, capable of skiing quickly and winning in downhill, Super G, giant slalom and combined. At the age of 28, he can be proud to have 13 World Cup victories under his belt.

Reaching his peak in 2010

His 2010 season started well, with podiums in Beaver Creek, on the track where he had had such a bad fall, and a victory in Val Gardena (ITA). He needed only a little spark to be up there alongside the aces, Austria’s Raich and Switzerland’s Cuche and Janka. At the Vancouver Games, he justified all the hopes placed in him by finishing second in the downhill, then dominating the Super G, winning his first Olympic title. In the lead after the speed heat of the super combined, he did not finish the slalom, straddling a pole not far from the finish line. He let go of his chance for a third medal in three races. But it was only a raincheck. In the giant slalom, he finished third in the first heat and, despite a humiliating eighth place in the second run, Aksel Lund Svindal was far enough ahead of his opponents to win bronze. A medal in every metal rewarded this powerful athlete with a will of steel that has never failed him.

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Alpine Skiing - Downhill men - Lund Svindal - Norway

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway skis during the Alpine Men's Downhill.
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Aksel Lund Svindal - 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

Aksel Lund Svindal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
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Aksel Lund Svindal - 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games

Aksel Lund Svindal competing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. © 2010/GETTY/Clive Rose - All rights reserved.
2010 Getty Images - WHISTLER, BC - FEBRUARY 21: Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway competes during the Alpine Skiing Men's Super Combined Downhill on day 10 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler Creekside on February 21, 2010 in Whistler, Canada. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Aksel Lund Svindal
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Aksel Lund Svindal - 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games

Aksel Lund Svindal celebrating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. © 2010/KISHIMOTO - All rights reserved.
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Aksel Lund Svindal - 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games

Aksel Lund Svindal competing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. © 2010/GETTY/Alain Grosclaude - All rights reserved.
2010 Getty Images - WHISTLER CREEKSIDE, CANADA - FEBRUARY 23: (FRANCE OUT) Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway takes the Bronze Medal during the MenÕs Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom on Day 12 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games on February 23, 2010 in Whistler Creekside, Canada. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Aksel Lund Svindal
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Aksel Lund Svindal - 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games

Aksel Lund Svindal competing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. © 2010/KISHIMOTO - All rights reserved.
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 1:40.25
    Skiing
    downhill
  • S 1:54.38
    Skiing
    downhill men
    G 1:30.34
    Skiing
    super-G men
    B 2:38.44
    Skiing
    giant slalom men

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