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Norwegian ski legend ends career with downhill second behind friend Jansrud.
Aksel Lund Svindal ended his phenomenal skiing career with downhill silver on Saturday at the 2019 FIS World Championships in Åre. Here is all you need to know:
– The Norwegian came into the sport’s showpiece event on the back of an amazing career that included five world golds and two Olympic victories.
– Knee injuries caught up with the 36-year-old, though, meaning that he chose to make the Swedish event his final swansong like fellow alpine legend Lindsey Vonn.
– He finished 16th in the super-G race 0.92s behind champion Dominik Paris on Wednesday with his focus mainly on his strongest discipline of downhill.
– The fog and hazardous snowy conditions saw the race delayed with the start on a shortened course seeing compatriot Kjetil Jansrud take an early lead.
– Svindal tried his best to pip his compatriot friend for victory, however fell just 0.02 of a second short which was a role reversal of the 2018 Pyeongchang downhill race where Svindal edged Jansrud for gold by 0.12s.
– Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr grabbed bronze with defending champion Beat Feuz fourth, Paris sixth and fellow Italian Christof Innerhofer back in 11th.
– Afterwards Svindal revealed: “I am super happy with this race. Of course being the last one, I thought it was the right thing to do and give it a hell of a show. Last year, we did the same thing in the Olympics and I got the gold so Kjetil deserves it today. We have a cool team. We work hard on it. It has been an emotional couple of weeks, so I am happy we went today. I was ready to get it over with and hammer it one last time.”
– Paris, 29, added: “I am happy for Aksel with a medal in his last race.”
Men’s World Championships downhill result:
1. Kjetil Jansrud (Norway) 1:19.98
2. Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) +0.02
3. Vincent Kriechmayr (Austria) +0.33
4. Beat Feuz (Switzerland) +0.44
5. Matthias Mayer (Austria) +0.65
6. Dominik Paris (Italy) +0.74
7. Benjamin Thomsen (Canada) +0.75
8. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Norway) +0.82
9= Bryce Bennett (USA) +0.83
9= Mauro Caviezel (Switzerland) +0.83