Mon, Dec 08, 2008 - Page 19 News List

Norway’s Svindal snatches second World Cup race

AFP , BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, takes to the air during the men’s World Cup Super G ski race at Beaver Creek, Colorado, on Saturday.

PHOTO: AP

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won his second World Cup race in as many days, taking more revenge on the course upon which he was injured in 2007 with a Super-G win Saturday.

Svindal, who won a downhill here on Friday, surged into the overall World Cup lead with his 11th World Cup victory in 1:13.05, 0.45 seconds ahead of Hermann Maier with fellow Austrian Michael Walchhofer third in 1:13.63.

The 25-year-old Norwegian was severely injured on the same mountain during a downhill training run while he was leading the standings. Battling back through months of rehabilitation, Svindal simply hoped to be in the running this week.

“To be competitive with the best guys in the world, that was my goal, and hopefully to be impressive,” Svindal said. “The first step is to be competitive and I definitely achieved that this week.

“I can’t do anything better than to win, can I?” he said.

Svindal began the day sharing the overall World Cup lead with Swiss rival Daniel Albrecht on 185 points but seized sole possession of the lead by adding another 100 to his total. Maier moved into second overall on 216 points.

But it is a bit early for Svindal to worry about taking the season crown.

“To think about the whole world for three months it drains you of energy, so I’m going to just enjoy this for right now and we will see what happens with that overall thing,” Svindal said.

Svindal can try to sweep the weekend with a giant slalom victory on Sunday.

“My GS is pretty good so we will see what happens,” he said.

Despite memories of the crash, Svindal enjoys conditions in Colorado because the snow reminds him of home.

GRANASEN HILL

AP, TRONDHEIM, Norway

Gregor Schlierenzauer broke the Granasen hill record with a jump of 140m in the first round and held on to win the World Cup ski jumping meet on Saturday.

Jumping under the floodlights, the Austrian finished with 285.7 points after jumping 135m in the final round.

Anders Bardal, competing before his home fans, jumped 139.5m in the opening round to set the first hill record of the day, but only held the mark for two minutes. Bardal eventually settled for fourth place.

“It was a very good day for me,” Schlierenzauer said. “I was very happy with my first jump and my second was also pretty good. I’m very happy to win here.”

Ville Larinto of Finland finished second with 278.9 points after two consistent jumps of 138.5m and 138m.

WOMEN’S DOWNHILL

AP, LAKE LOUISE, Alberta

The World Cup women’s downhill was canceled because of heavy snow and shifting winds that caused poor visibility on Saturday.

Officials decided the conditions “were too variable and there was no guarantee that things were going to improve,” said Jim Brewington, the chief of race.

The decision to scrub the second women’s downhill of the season was made after the original start time was delayed about 90 minutes.

It’s the first time since 1995 that weather forced cancellation of a World Cup downhill at Lake Louise.

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