According to Donna Spencer of the Canadian Press on Saturday, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won a World Cup men’s alpine downhill competition in Lake Louise, Alberta, an hour west of Calgary. Svindal has now won 58 medals in his World Cup career including 26 gold medals.
Svindal won the silver medal in the men’s downhill at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In Lake Louise on Saturday, he posted a gold medal winning time of 1:47.29. Peter Fill of Italy won the silver medal with a time of 1:47.30. Travis Ganong of the United States won the bronze medal with a time of 1:47.65.
The top Canadian was Erik Guay of Montreal, Quebec. Guay was in tenth place with a time of 1:48.13.
It was an outstanding comeback for Svindal. Last season he needed to sit out for the year because he tore his Achilles’ tendon while playing soccer.
A native of Lorenskog, Norway, Svindal is 32 years old, but is still skiing at a very high level. With the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang just over two years away, expect Svindal to continue to be a medal contender. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Svindal just missed the podium by the slimmest of margins. He finished in fourth place and was 0.19 seconds back of his Norwegian teammate, Kjetil Jansrud for the bronze medal.