Svindal powers his way to GOLD in the Downhill in Schladming
Aksel Lund Svindal made the downhill his own as he used his strength to master the Schladming course to win his second Downhill World Championship. The HEAD World Cup Rebel gave the rest of the field a lesson in how to master the tough World Championship downhill course. Having won the World Cup Finals race last season followed it up with victory to become only the second racer to win a second Downhill title in history after Bernhard Russi.
Svindal admitted that this was not a faultless run: “ I risked a lot and made a few mistakes,” he explained after the race. “It is a great feeling coming into the finish with the best time,” he added, “I could not have done better.”
With David Poisson in the lead when Svindal left the start, from the first split, the giant Norwegian was ahead. At each split the margin grew; by the finish it was just under a second. This was now the target for the rest of the field. With the flat light and extremely hard snow, Svindal had used all his strength to carve a fantastic line. With the final pitch glistening under the lights the night before, this section emphasized the strength of the great Norwegian.
After the race, Svindal’s father, watching in the finish, explained that he had seen from the moment his son left the start that he knew his son would do something special!
Dominik Paris came down immediately after Svindal but could not match the speed and precision of Svindal yet was delighted with second place ahead of Poisson.
Young Austrian Matthias Mayer ended up in 13th yet was so nearly higher up the order but for a mistake down in the middle that cost him valuable time.
Now with five Gold medals from the last four World Championships, Svindal moves into third place in the all time list of Gold Medal winners. When the going gets tough, the tough get going and this is exactly what Svindal executed: “It is important to never lose your head and be smart,” said Svindal. “It is important to be fast all the way down.”
GOLD: Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
Silver: Dominik Paris (ITA)
Bronze: David Poisson (FRA)
11. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
17. Ben Thomsen (CAN) HEAD
21. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
24. Stephan Keppler (GER) HEAD
26. Douglas Hedin (SWE) HEAD
28. Alexander Globov (RUS) HEAD