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.
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).