Svindal spectacular in super-G win
Two hundred points are up for grabs at today’s men’s Audi FIS World Cup races in Kitzbühel (AUT) and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal claimed the first 100 with his victory in the super-G. It was his amazing seventh victory of the season as he has been unstoppable in this year’s speed races.
Second place in the super-G was a surprise as American Andrew Weibrecht finished 0.31 seconds behind Svindal to claim his second-ever career podium finish. Hannes Reichelt earned his third podium of the season, taking third place and giving the home fans good reason to celebrate.
The super-G was the first half of today’s Alpine Combined in addition to serving as a stand-alone race in the World Cup standings. Svindal banking the 100 super-G points are critical in his battle with Marcel Hirscher (AUT) in the overall World Cup standings. Hirscher suffered a rare DNF in last week’s slalom in Wengen, but today he sits in 21st place after the super-G and is in a good position to pick up valuable World Cup points.
Svindal and his Norwegian teammates have been on fire this season. Today was the fifth-straight victory for the Attacking Vikings as they are having a record season on the World Cup tour. Svindal is setting the pace on the speed side, while Henrik Kristoffersen has been nearly flawless in the tech events wining all but one of the slalom races this season.
The races were treated to ideal conditions today as the sun was shining on the famous Austrian resort. The second half of the Alpine Combined will take place under the lights just before sunset as the slalom begins at 16:45 CET. Svindal will look to claim his second Alpine Combined career win, but with the advantage from the super-G must smaller than last week in Wengen, it will be a battle to hold off the tech specialists in the slalom.