Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal Wins World Cup Super-G for Lake Louise Sweep

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal Wins World Cup Super-G for Lake Louise Sweep

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Svindal wins super-G for Lake Louise sweep


LAKE LOUISE, Alta. - Aksel Lund Svindal completed a Lake Louise World Cup sweep with a victory in Sunday's super-G.

The Norwegian won Saturday's season-opening downhill at the Alberta ski resort. After sitting out the World Cup in 2014-15 with a torn Achilles' tendon, Svindal served notice he's back and skiing fast again.

"I knew my skiing was strong coming here, but now I really know that it's strong," Svindal said Sunday. "I'll definitely be one of the guys that you'll have to take down if you want to win a race.

"You can add seven other guys to that, but right now, at least this weekend, I'm the strongest one."

Super-G is a downhill course with more turns.

Svindal's double victory at Lake Louise was the second of his career after the first in 2012. The 32-year-old went on to win the overall World Cup crown in super-G that season.

The Olympic super-G champion in 2010 collected his sixth career victory at Lake Louise on Sunday.

Svindal's winning time was one minute 29.30 seconds despite losing his balance and getting knocked onto one ski in a turn partway down the course. Matthias Mayer of Austria was third in 1:29.65.

Italy's Peter Fill, who finished just a hundredth of a second back of Svindal in the downhill, was third in 1:29.75. Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was 13th after placing 10th in the downhill.

The men head to Beaver Creek, Colo., for a downhill, super-G and giant slalom Friday to Sunday respectively.

The women arrive in Lake Louise for a pair of downhills Friday and Saturday followed by a Sunday super-G. American downhill star Lindsey Vonn will be looking to add to her 15 career victories at the resort.

Lake Louise marked Guay's return to World Cup racing after 20 months. Canada's most decorated downhiller with 22 World Cup medals sat out last season recovering from a pair of knee surgeries in 2014. …

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