Aksel Lund Svindal was born on December 26 1982 in Lørenskog, on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Both of his parents were accomplished skiers, and Aksel received his first pair of skis as a third birthday present. During his childhood, Aksel’s family spent their holidays in the Norwegian resort of Geilo, where his grandparents owned a cabin.
Aksel left home at 15 and combined his studies with skiing at Oppdal, 400km north of his hometown. He soon found himself skiing on Norway’s Junior Team and, by the time he was 19, Aksel was wholly dedicated to his career as a full-time skier.
Aksel’s first big win came in the 2006-2007 season, where he won the FIS World Cup overall. After a full recovery from a serious crash at the Golden Eagle jump, Aksel fought back to win the 2008–9 World Cup title racing back at Beaver Creek, and went on to take the silver medal in the prestigious men’s downhill skiing event in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter. He also took his first Olympic gold just days later in the Super-G competition, showing the world he was back and fighting fit.
In 2011, Aksel was on the defence, and successfully reclaimed his gold in super-combined at the World Championships. In 2012, he added the Super-G title to his long list of achievements. “I think it's about time to take home the big title again,” he said of the forthcoming season.
And in 2013 that's exactly what he did and then he did it again in 2014. By becoming FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Champion in both Super-G and Downhill two years running, Aksel has cemented his place in the history books!Read more