Svindal dominates Val Gardena super-G

Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:46am EST
 

By Patrick Lang

VAL GARDENA, Italy (Reuters) - Aksel Lund Svindal tightened his grip on the men's Alpine skiing World Cup with his third victory of the season in a super-G on Friday.

The Norwegian, winner of a downhill and a super-G in Lake Louise last month, clocked one minute 36.95 seconds and could, on current form, snatch another double in Saturday's downhill on the same Saslong course.

"I trained really well in the summer and I'm in the form of my life," said the 2007 and 2009 overall World Cup champion.

On Saturday, the opposition to the Olympic champion should again come from local skiers as Italy's Matteo Marsaglia and Werner Heel were second and third on Friday.

Marsaglia, who earned his maiden World Cup victory in Beaver Creek two weeks ago, missed a second back-to-back super-G win by 1.07 seconds.

Heel, who finished 0.05 further down, won the Val Gardena super-G in 2008 but had not made it on to a World Cup podium for nearly three years.

Svindal narrowly avoided a crash on the final section.

"It was a very demanding course, full of turns and it suits me. I skied over the limit at times and it could have cost me dearly," he said.   Continued...

 
World Cup overall points leader Aksel Lund Svindal (C) of Norway celebrates on podium with second placed Matteo Marsaglia (L) of Italy and third placed Werner Heel of Italy after the men's World Cup Super-G race in Val Gardena, northern Italy, December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo