Bloodied Svindal celebrates twin world titles

Aksel Lund Svindal breaks through pain barrier to secure two World Cup discipline titles.

Aksel Lund Svindal in Innsbruck, Austria, on 30th of December 2010
Aksel Lund Svindal comes around© Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

After missing out on his favorite yoghurt breakfast and some medals in recent international competitions, Aksel Lund Svindal  was quickly back on track at the weekend – but it was hard work for the Norwegian on home slopes. 

With a fourth place in the second last Super-G race in Kvitfjell, the alpine super star secured two “small” crystal globes for the 2014 World Cup Titles in both downhill and Super-G disciplines before the end of the racing season.

Determined to earn as big an advantage as possible in the race for the overall World Cup title, Svindal was apparently hitting the gates so hard that he was bleeding through his race suit.

With this most recent success Aksel keeps ‘em coming: the two new globes fit neatly in line with two previous overall World Cup titles and five previous discipline titles.

Aksel Lund Svindal competes during the downhill at the Hahnenkamm Race 2014 in Kitzbuhel, Austria on January 25th 2014
Hahnenkamm Race 2014 - Kitzbuhel© Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

So it comes as no surprise that his next goal for 2014 is to win the “big” Crystal Globe for the overall World Cup title again – for which he’s still battling with team-mate and reigning overall World Champion Marcel Hirscher (AUT).

Will Svindal’s current 77 point lead prove sufficient to keep Hirscher at bay? The remaining six races – with one downhill, one Super-G, two giant slaloms and two slaloms – might favor slalom specialist Hirscher...

In any case, two World Cup titles are already ample cause for celebration! We’re looking forward to the showdown between the Austrian and the Norwegian next weekend in Kranjska-Gora (SLO).

If you want to get to know a different side of Aksel: We have a cool Aksel Lund Svindal freeride gallery with some amazing pictures here on redbull.com/snow!