Svindal continues his fantastic run in Beaver Creek with second in the Super G
Aksel Lund Svindal continued the epic assault of the HEAD World Cup rebels on the World Cup this season by taking second in the Super G in Beaver Creek. With HEAD racers having won every race so far this season on the Men’s World Cup, Svindal looked to have continued the success as he lead after the elite top 30 racers had almost finished. While Svindal admitted he did not feel entirely satisfied with his run, he was satisfied with the result he said later.
As he watched Viletta come down with Beat Feuz, who finished behind Svindal, Svindal turned to the Swiss racer and said “we are in trouble now,” after Viletta went through the first split a second ahead. Svindal had won the season opening Super G in Lake Louise the previous weekend and looked to be on course for taking the second but in the end Viletta edged him by two tenths of a second.
On a day that saw more snow fall during the race, Svindal admitted that he "just wasn't clean enough, I had some mistakes, not big mistakes," Svindal said. "Viletta, he was carrying the speed all the way up there. I had to throw them sideways a couple times and he skied really well up there."
After his exploits in the Downhill that had seen him take the win, the Bode factor helped Viletta as he put everything into his run. For Miller though, he pushed the boundary just a little too far in true Bode style and even he did not know how he had recovered from having one ski high in the air and carving a turn on his inside ski.
With Svindal on the podium, Kjetil Jansrud and Didier Cuche made it three HEAD Rebels in the top ten as they placed 6 and 9.
1. Sandro Viletta (SUI)
2. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
3. Beat Feuz (SUI)
6. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
9. Didier Cuche (SUI) HEAD
15. Stephan Keppler (GER) HEAD
21. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD