Aksel Lund Svindal wins at Beaver Creek

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal won the downhill race at the FIS World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colorado on December 6 2013
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Svindal owns the Birds of Prey course again, plus the rest of the World Cup skiing from Colorado.

Norway's double World Cup winner, Aksel Lund Svindal, was back at the scene of some of his biggest career highs and lows last week.

It was here in November 2007 where he crashed on the Golden Eagle jump, suffering multiple injuries. However, he came back a year later to banish those painful memories, taking the downhill and super-G wins in 2008.

This year the course had been modified to combine elements of both the Birds of Prey Track and Raptor tracks, but Svindal still went into the event as favourite. He did not disappoint either, taking the win by 0.17 seconds from Austria's Hannes Reichelt. Peter Fill of Italy placed third. This was Svindal's second downhill win here and his fourth podium finish.

I have to admit, I like the old course more. This course if great, but the old Birds of Prey was world class. But in the end it's all about the win, so I can't say that I'm too disappointed with the change

The super-G, which had switched days with the downhill, was up next and saw a surprise win for Patrick Küng. The 29-year-old Swiss skier had never before placed in the top three in any discipline at any World Cup event. Austrian duo Otmar Striedinger and Hannes Reichelt took the other podium positions.

Sunday's giant slalom gave the home fans something to cheer about, with Americans Ted Ligety and the returning Bode Miller taking the top two spots. 2012 and 2013 overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher grabbed third place and the vital championship points that go with it.