Resurgent Svindal wins Gardena super-G
Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal powered to his first win of the season in a close super-G race at the Saslong Classic on Friday.
Last season’s World Cup overall and super-G champion had managed only two third places so far this season after a knee injury but he bombed down the hill in northern Italy in one minute 38.35 seconds to seize victory.
Svindal, who celebrates his 27th birthday on Boxing Day, edged out Carlo Janka of Switzerland with Italy’s Patrick Staudacher thrilling the home crowd by finishing third.
“I’m absolutely delighted, not just because it’s the first win of the season but also because I enjoyed it so much,” Svindal, who missed nearly all the 2008 season through injury, told reporters.