Sunday, March 03, 2013
Svindal finally wins at home and takes cup title
By Patrick Lang
KVITFJELL, Norway (Reuters) - Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal finally won a race in his homeland on Sunday, with victory in a super-G that also gave him the World Cup title in the discipline.
The downhill world champion, who had been on the lower steps of the podium seven times before on the course of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, made the top spot at last in one minute 29.79 seconds.
Thanks to his fifth win of the Alpine ski season, the super-G Olympic champion also secured the ninth World Cup trophy of his career.
Svindal, who had to be content with second in Saturday's downhill behind Frenchman Adrien Theaux, also increased the pressure on overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, whom he trails by 29 points with seven races left.
Austria's Georg Streitberger was second in the race, 0.52 adrift, ahead of Italian Werner Heel, who was a further 0.05 back.
(Editing by Clare Fallon)