Winning Svindal at home in Lake Louise

Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:16pm EST
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By Patrick Lang

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Nov 24 - Aksel Lund Svindal made the most of his experience and terrain knowledge to clinch his fourth World Cup victory in Lake Louise, this time in a downhill, on Saturday.

"To me, it's like home here. The snow, the cold, the landscape, it's very similar to Norway and I've always had good feelings here," said the Norwegian, who won his maiden World Cup victory on the same piste seven years ago.

The 2007 and 2009 overall World Cup champion, winner of three Super-Gs in past seasons in the Canadian resort, beat the Austrian duo of Max Franz and Klaus Kroell and American Marco Sullivan for the sixth downhill win of his World cup career.

Sullivan, starting after a long break following a crash by Italy's Mattia Casse, was joint third with Kroell.

In one minute and 48.31 seconds, Svindal beat the up and coming Franz by 0.64 seconds while downhill World Cup holder Kroell and Sullivan were 0.02 seconds further off the pace.

It was Svindal's second back-to-back victory in the blue-ribband alpine discipline after his top spot in Schladming at the World Cup finals in March.

In all, the 29-year-old all-rounder has now won 17 World Cup races and will be a leading contender once again this winter, especially in speed events.

"It's very important for me to start a season like this. It shows that the morale is high, that the equipment is good. I feel I'm as strong and possibly stronger than ever in the speed events," he said.   Continued...