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Svindal gets home win and SG title

Aksel Lund Svindal stepped up his already formidable game to record his first win on Norwegian snow by a half a second and ice his fourth – and second consecutive – World Cup super G title. With one race remaining on the Cup super G schedule he has yet to finish worse than second.

His run at Kvitfjell on Sunday (March 3) was more masterful than most, generating speed on a line that left no room for error. He took command of a race that had been dominated by the Austrians and Italians who filled the rest of the top 10. Svindal has had success at Kvitfjell with seven podiums over the last few seasons. Today he joined Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Lasse Kjus and Kjetil Jansrud as Norwegians who have won on the Olympiabakken course and matched Aamodt’s Norwegian Cup win mark at 21.

The Austrian team surged toward the top of the finish with an incredible six skiers among the top nine. Georg Streitberger added second place on the Kvitfjell track five seasons after he got his first career win here. Hannes Reichelt was fourth, Joachim Puchner fifth, Max Franz Seventh, Matthias Mayer eighth and Klaus Kroell ninth.

Italy filled out the remaining top 10 spots with Werner Heel on the podium in third, Matteo Marsaglia in sixth and Siegmar Klotz tenth.

Jan Hudec was top Canadian in 16th while Ted Ligety arrived in time to score a tie in 18th with US teammate Andrew Weibrecht.

Streitberger was happy with second saying losing by five tenths was less painful than losing by five hundredths. “There were a few little things that I would do better. I lost the bottom part easily and do not know exactly why.”

“It was a good day,” said Svindal. “I won today, more was not possible. It was a great race on a great track. Just before the finish I was a bit on the limit, but it is better to attack and make small mistakes than to be careful.”

Svindals sites can now be set on Marcel Hirscher and the overall World Cup title. He trails the Austrian tech whiz by 29pts, but the schedule favors the Austrian. “I’ll try anything,” Svindal said, “to build some pressure. No matter who gets the big ball, we both have had great seasons.”

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The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Men’s World Cup super G, Kvitfjell, Norway, March 3, 2013.
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
2 Streitberger, Head/Head/Head
3 Heel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
4 Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
5 Puchner, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
6 Marsaglia, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol7 Franz, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
8 Mayer, Head/Head/Head
9 Kroell, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
10 Klotz, Nordica/Nordica/Marker

Men’s World Cup super G, Kvitfjell, Norway, March 3, 2013. … It is the 30th race of the men’s 2013 World Cup season and the fifth of six scheduled super G’s. … Six races remain to be contested, four at finals in Lenzerheide and two at Kranjska Gora.

It is the 21st career World Cup win for Aksel Lund Svindal matching him with Kjetil Andre Aamodt for most all time by a Norwegian. … It is his tenth super G win moving him into a tie with Pirmin Zurbriggen for second all time among men. … It is his fifth Cup win of the season and fourth in five super Gs. … It is his first win at Kvitfjell and eighth podium.

It is the sixth career World Cup podium placing for Georg Streitberger, fifth in super G and second in super G at Kvitfjell. … It is his second podium of the season the other also a second place finish in downhill at Garmisch Feb. 23.

It is the ninth career World Cup podium placing for Werner Heel. … his fifth in super g. … It is his second podium at Kvitfjell. … and his second of the season. … He has seven top ten finishes on the 2013 Cup season.

It is the fourth time this season Jan Hudec has scored in two races at the same site. … It is the tenth best career super G Cup score for Ted Ligety. … It is the best result of the season for Andrew Weibrecht.

Marcel Hirscher (did not race) maintains the lead of the World Cup overall standings 1215-1186 over Aksel Lund Svindal. … Ted Ligety is third with 809pts. … Erik Guay is top Canadian 18th with 378pts. … Svindal leads the super G standings 480-249 over Matteo Marsaglia (sixth in race) and cannot be overtaken for the title. … Matthias Mayer (eighth in race) is third with 228pts. … Ligety is top American in seventh with 159pts. … Guay top Canadian in 11th with 111pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 5234-3528 over Italy. … France is third with 2802pts. … The US is sixth at 1435 and Canada eighth with 880pts.

Kvitfjell (NOR)
FIS World Cup
Men’s Super G
March 3, 2013
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  22  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:29.79  0.00
 2  13  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   1:30.31  6.08
 3  11  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:30.36  6.67
 4  18  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:30.48  8.07
 5  15  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:30.68  10.41
 6  19  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   1:30.92  13.21
 7  6  53817 FRANZ Max  1989  AUT   1:30.95  13.56
 8  17  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:31.07  14.97
 9  10  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:31.20  16.49
 10  24  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   1:31.24  16.96
 11  16  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:31.29  17.54
 12  32  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:31.33  18.01
 13  5  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:31.39  18.71
 14  7  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:31.50  20.00
 15  4  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:31.55  20.58
 16  14  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   1:31.57  20.82
 17  42  421650 BJERKESTRAND Iver  1987  NOR   1:31.66  21.87
 18  20  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:31.68  22.10
 18  2  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   1:31.68  22.10
 20  1  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI   1:31.73  22.69
 21  12  191746 DE TESSIERES Gauthier  1981  FRA   1:31.80  23.50
 22  28  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   1:31.90  24.67
 23  43  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:31.91  24.79
 24  25  51332 SCHEIBER Florian  1987  AUT   1:31.94  25.14
 25  37  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   1:31.98  25.61
 26  38  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   1:31.99  25.73
 27  45  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   1:32.01  25.96
 28  44  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   1:32.05  26.43
 29  31  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:32.07  26.66
 30  26  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   1:32.12  27.25
 31  35  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey  1984  CAN   1:32.16  27.71
 32  36  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar  1991  AUT   1:32.19  28.07
 33  34  202059 FERSTL Josef  1988  GER   1:32.40  30.52
 34  56  501439 HEDIN Douglas  1990  SWE   1:32.41  30.64
 35  58  533866 NYMAN Steven  1982  USA   1:32.43  30.87
 36  30  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   1:32.52  31.92
 37  57  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:32.68  33.80
 38  41  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:32.86  35.90
 39  47  561217 KOSI Klemen  1991  SLO   1:32.94  36.84
 40  3  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:32.95  36.95
 41  39  193034 BOUILLOT Alexandre  1985  FRA   1:32.99  37.42
 42  23  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA   1:33.02  37.77
 43  48  501230 ERICSSON Daniel  1987  SWE   1:33.03  37.89
 44  55  930024 MAPLE Wiley  1990  USA   1:33.21  39.99
 45  29  102873 KUCERA John  1984  CAN   1:33.23  40.23
 46  52  511981 WEBER Ralph  1993  SUI   1:33.38  41.98
 47  40  934518 DANIELS Nick  1991  USA   1:33.39  42.10
 48  33  934643 GOLDBERG Jared  1991  USA   1:33.47  43.03
 49  50  511808 SCHMED Fernando  1991  SUI   1:33.66  45.26
 50  59  501324 OLSSON Matts  1988  SWE   1:33.86  47.59
 51  62  380341 ULLRICH Max  1994  CRO   1:36.87  82.79
Did not start 1st run
   61  180534 SANDELL Marcus  1987  FIN     
Did not finish 1st run
   60  400281 VAN HEEK Marvin  1991  NED     
   54  194190 ROGER Brice  1990  FRA     
   53  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA     
   51  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel  1984  CAN     
   49  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic  1991  AUT     
   46  293141 VARETTONI Silvano  1984  ITA     
   27  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN     
   21  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA     
   9  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA     
   8  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  >CAN   

Hank McKee

Senior Editor

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