Men's downhill cancelled in Lenzerheide - season title to Svindal
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – After postponing the men’s downhill race from its original start time of 9:30 CET eight times until 13:30 CET, the fog claimed victory. This means that the season’s downhill title will go to Aksel Lund Svindal making it his ninth globe during his career. The Norwegian Viking had a 58 point advantage over defending champion Klaus Kroell of Austria going into the Finals' week. The other contestants for the season title were the Kitzbuehel winner Dominik Paris of Italy and his teammate Christof Innerhofer who were 61 points and 69 points behind, respectively.
The last Norwegian to take the DH title was Lasse Kjus in 1999 but today Svindal became the first Norwegian to take both the DH and SG in the same season. Only six other men in the history of skiracing have achieved the feat.
Due to the unfortunate cancellation of the season’s last DH, Svindal wins the title of the best downhill racer of the season. Even though he won his second globe this season, Svindal lost the opportunity to score valuable points towards the overall where he trails Austria’s Marcel Hirscher by 149 points. Svindal has already confirmed the season title in the super-G after his second place in the Kvitfjel super-G and a victory in tomorrow’s race would still put him in the running for the large globe although Hirscher too will be at the start in the last SG race of the season, his second during the 2012/13 campaign.