FACTS: Relive Aksel Lund Svindal’s path to greatness on his retirement

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Norwegian brings down curtain with World Championship silver in Åre.

Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal ended his legendary alpine skiing career with downhill silver in the World Championship at Åre, Sweden on Saturday. Here is the 36-year-old’s path to greatness:

Born: 26 December, 1982, Lørenskog, Norway
Resides: Kjeller, Norway
Age: 36
Height: 1.89m (6ft 2in)
Weight: 97kg (213lb)
Skiing club: NeRo Alpin

World Cup titles (11): Overall (2), downhill (2), super-G (5), giant slalom (1) and combined (1).

World Cup wins (36): Downhill (14), super-G (17), giant slalom (4) and combined (1).

World Cup podiums (80): First (36), second (19) and third (25). Downhill 32 (14-8-10), Super-G 30 (17-6-7), Giant slalom 10 (4-2-4), Combined 7 (1-2-4) and Parallel slalom 1 (0-1-0).

World Cup debut: October 28, 2001, giant slalom, Solden. Total number of World Cup seasons (17): (2002-2014, 2016-2019). World Cup starts (386).



Olympic Games medals (4): Gold (Pyeongchang 2018 downhill, Vancouver 2010 super-G), Silver (Vancouver 2010 downhill) and Bronze (Vancouver 2010 giant slalom) Olympics (4): (2006-2018) Olympic races (15).

World Championship medals (9): Gold (Åre 2007, downhill and giant slalom, Val-d’Isère 2009 combined, Garmisch 2011 combined, Schladming 2013 downhill), Silver (Bormio 2005 combined, Åre 2019 downhill) and Bronze (Val-d’Isère 2009 super-G, Schladming 2013 super-G) World championships competed (8): (2003-2015, 2019) World championships starts (30).

Most successful venues for Svindal: Lake Louise – 8 World Cup victories (2 downhill, 6 super-G) Val Gardena – 7 (2 downhill, 5 super-G) and Beaver Creek – 6 (4 downhill, 1 combined, 1 super-G).

Junior World Skiing Championships record: 2002 (Gold combined, Silver super-G, Bronze downhill and slalom)



Svindal milestones

– At 35, became the oldest skier to win an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing at Pyeongchang 2018 (Austria’s Mario Matt, the slalom champion in Sochi 2014 was 34).

– Became the first Norwegian ever to win gold in the Olympic men’s downhill (after they had previously won four silver medals).

– The first man to win Olympic gold in both speed events — downhill and super-G (Austrian woman Michaela Dorfmeister won both in Turin in 2006).

– The only man to have won three major global downhill titles — World Championships in 2007 and 2013 and Olympics in 2018.

– He has won World Cup races in 12 different seasons. Only Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, 13, has won in more.

– When he won the 2013 downhill title in Schladming, Svindal became the first male racer to win titles in four straight consecutive championships.

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