Svindal sweeps Lake Louise
Aksel Lund Svindal is on fire, and he knows it.
Svindal became the third man, after Stephan Eberharter (2002) and Bode Miller (2006) to sweep the races at Lake Louise claiming the super G Sunday (Nov.25). His run was every bit as impressive as that he used to take the downhill Saturday. His margin over runner-up Adrien Theaux was .86.
Joachim Puchner got third, by a scant .01 over fourth place finisher Ted Ligety who hadn't taken a training run on the hill and had put down the early lead, starting second.
“This has been a good weekend,” understated Svindal. “When things are good you can get after it, when they are not like that going fast seems impossible. Most racers, including myself, we don't have the chance to win World Cup's every day. When you feell you have a chance you have to get after it.”
While both Puchner and Theaux said they had watched video of Svindal's downhill run in preparation for the super G. Svindal said he watched last year's super G.
He was not about to make any bold predictions about the rest of t he tour however. “Right here, now, it looks pretty good. But the next weekend is a new race. When you have it you go fast and then all of a sudden you are in the tank.”
As he had the previous day, Svindal came down taking the wins away from early runners. Ted Ligety, starting second, had held the lead through ten skiers, until Puchner edged it away from him. Theaux, running just ahead of Svindal, squeezed another half a tenth out of the course. Svindal then blew them all away.
Ligety said he had accomplished what he had wanted to, even allowing, “It was definitely better than I thought it would be. I skied really well at the top. ... the bottom half I just really wasn't looking out for those rolls and was getting thrown all over the place. If the race had ended a little higher I might have done better.”
Canadian Erik Guay just got bumped out of the top 10 and was reasonably pleased with how he had done over the weekend. “I have to keep it in perspective. If you had asked me a week ago I never would have thought I could do this well.”
John Kucera made good his return to racing in 14th and Jan Hudec survived a near crash to place 18th. Americans Andrew Weibrecht and Ryan Cochran-Siegle finished 19th and 20th respectively.
“Last year was kind of frustrating. I came down in the same place and got knocked out and I didn't want to do that again. I'm really not that far out (1.8) especially with how much Aksel won by. I'm happy,” said Cochran-Siegle.
“It's a sweet (team) dynamic. Andi (Evers) been incredibly helpful. He understands skiing so well and is just super simple about advice. It's exactly what you need to hear.”
Svindal photo by Gepa
by Hank McKee
Men's World Cup super G, Lake Louise, Canada, Nov. 25, 2012
1 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
2 Theaux, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
3 Puchner, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
4 Ligety, Head/Head/Head
5 Heel, Head/Head/Head
6 Mayer, Head/Head/Head
7 Romar, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
8 Franz, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
9 Marsaglia, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
10 Kueng, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
Men's World Cup super G, Lake Louise, Canada, Nov. 25, 2012. ... It is the seventh of 74 races on the 2012-13 World Cup season. ... The fourth of 36 scheduled men's races. ... The first of six scheduled men's super G's. ... It is the second of five races set at Lake Louise, and the final men's Cup race at the site this season. ... It is the 86th Cup race hosted at Lake Louise (plus half of a combined) and the 32nd super G.
It is the 18th career World Cup win for Aksel Lund Svindal, matching Lasse Kjus for second all time on the Norwegian win list. ... It is his seventh SG win (a Norwegian record). ... It is his fifth career win at Lake Louise and second of the season.
It is the seventh career World Cup podium placing for Adrien Theaux. ... All of them coming since December of 2010. ... It is his fourth super G podium and second at Lake Louise having placed third last season.
It is the third career World Cup podium for Joachim Puchner and second in super G. ... All of his podiums have come since last March.
It is the second best career super G result for Ted Ligety after a second scored at Val d'Isere Dec. 12, 2009. ... It is his third score of the season in three attempts and second best finish of the season after the win in GS at Soelden. ... Erik Guay matches his 59th best World Cup finish. ... It is his second result of the season and matches his tenth best of 20 World Cup scores at Lake Louise. ... John Kucera matches his 29th best Cup result. ... It is his first Cup score since Nov. 28, 2009, also at Lake Louise. ... Jan Hudec matches his 32nd best Cup placing. ... It is his second score of the season having also tallied in the downhill here. ... It is the first score of the season for Andrew Weibrecht. ... his sixth best career SG results and his second best SG result at Lake Louise having placed 12th in 2009. ... It is a career best Cup finish for Ryan Cochran-Siegle and his second career best finish of the weekend. ... It is the third career Cup scoring result for Dustin Cook in three different disciplines. ... It is the second career World Cup score for Thomas Biesemeyer and a career best by one placing.
Svindal takes the lead of the World Cup overall standings 200-170 over Ted Ligety. ... Marcel Hirscher (did not race) is third at 140. ... Guay is top Canadian in tenth with 64pts. ... Austria leads the men's Nations Cup standings 732-410 over Italy with France in third at 323pts. ... The US is fifth with 289pts and Canada seventh with 144pts.
Lake Louise (CAN)
FIS World Cup
Men's Super G
Nov. 25, 2012
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Total Time||FIS Points|
|1||17||421328||SVINDAL Aksel Lund||1982||NOR||1:34.96||0.00|
|33||33||191746||DE TESSIERES Gauthier||1981||FRA||1:37.61||29.30|
|61||60||491151||DE LA CUESTA Paul||1988||SPA||1:39.83||53.85|
|62||63||400281||VAN HEEK Marvin||1991||NED||1:39.95||55.18|
|Did not finish 1st run|