It's a third super-G victory for Svindal on the Saslong
VAL GARDENA/GROEDEN, Italy – Most times, Aksel Lund Svindal is a safe bet in a World Cup super-G in Val Gardena and today he showed once again that this hill suits him perfectly. By putting down a very confident run and remaining stable even in the toughest sections, Svindal became the first skier to win three super-G races at the Italian venue.
With a time of 1:35.82, Svindal’s time proved too fast for the rest of the field, with only two skiers finishing within the second of it. Canadian Jan Hudec was the most successful among them, clocking a time only 0.58 seconds slower than Svindal. In third place, a very happy Adrien Theaux finished 0.91 seconds behind.
Apart from celebrating his record number of victories in Val Gardena, Svindal had an additional reason for happiness – he earned Norway it’s 100th men’s World Cup victory, making it the seventh country to reach triple digits.
“I’m vey happy but it was a tough race. There was a lot of action on the course today due to all the terrain. You had to do a good inspection and make a good plan to be fast today,” Svindal said.
“The snow is always great here and I like the preparation. It’s always perfect and you can tell by all the guys with high numbers making their way to the top of the rankings. Val Gardena has always been good to me, in 2002 I was 6th here in the first World Cup super-G I ever started, it was my first top 10 and it marked my big breakthrough.”
It has been two seasons full of ups and downs for Jan Hudec, who celebrated his last victory in the Chamonix downhill in 2012 and has been struggling to find a strong finish in super-G ever since his second place in Crans Montana the same year.
“I’m stoked I was able to ski the way I wanted to ski. I finally have no pain and that gives me great confidence to push hard and ski to my full potential. I was super focused today and I avoided any mistakes, which I made in Lake Louise and Beaver creek. Also my skis were perfect today, I knew that without major mistakes I could be on the podium.”
Theaux started the season with a great third place in the Lake Louise downhill race, but was not able to keep his momentum going and kept finishing outside of the top 15 until today.
“I hope this means I am back on track, on the way to where I want to be. It was difficult to ski even though the course set was easy. You had to make your turns in the right places. I was not happy with the downhill training but it’s an opportunity to learn and I am happy today I used some of those lessons.”