Thursday, February 15, 2018

Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Men's Downhill Gold in Pyeongchang

Aksel Lund Svindal made history for Norway on Thursday at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre as the 35-year-old Attacking Viking skied full risk to claim the first men’s downhill gold medal for his nation.
He was joined on the podium by his teammate Kjetil Jansrud who also skied aggressively and finished with the silver medal just 0.12 seconds off the lead. Reigning downhill World Champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland completed the podium in third at +0.18 seconds for his first Olympic medal in bronze.
With his victory, Svindal became the first man to win the downhill three times at the World Championships (2007, 2013) and Olympic Winter Games (2018) combined. He also joined Kjetil Andre Aamodt as the only Norwegian alpine skiers with multiple Olympic gold medals. Downhill was the only men’s alpine skiing event at the Olympic Winter Games that Norway lacked a medal in prior to Thursday.
"It feels pretty good. I'm extremely happy (...) World Cup wins, I've been there a few times and know how that feels, but this is different. It's one of those things where you keep looking up the hill because I want to make sure it's real, like no one comes and skis faster. But this is fine".
Kjetil Jansrud added to his Olympic medal collection that includes super-G gold and downhill bronze from 2014 and giant slalom silver from 2010. 
Beat Feuz’s prior best Olympic result had been 13th in the 2014 Sochi downhill.

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