Norway’s Svindal makes jump from South Beach to Lake Louise World Cup race

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on November 25, 2009 11:23 am

 

Aksel Lund Svindal, the overall World Cup champ last year and in 2007, has returned to snow.  After discovering the wonders of South Beach, where Svindal was rehabbing an early season leg injury, the Norwegian superstar hopped a plane to Chicago and on to Lake Louise on Monday.  He’ll race in the downhill on Saturday and the super G on Sunday at Lake Louise.  And then it’s on to one of his favorite courses, and scene of tragedy and triumph for Svindal, the great Birds of Prey (see vid above).

Svindal was living it up in South Beach, having found a home for his brightly colored board shorts.  He told the New York Times, “Look at my shorts!  This is like ’80s ‘Miami Vice.’ They’re even cooler once I got them here. It’s like they belong here. It’s like they’re home.”

When Svindal arrived in Lake Louise, he posted this update to his blog:

Arrived at Lake Louise yesterday. This is where I won my first World Cup race, so definitely a place that brings back good memories. I hoped to come here 100% prepared and in a great shape this year, but that’s not happening. I still have to be careful with my leg and 4/5 weeks without skiing just before the season kicks off is not the way to go. Doesn’t feel right travelling all around the world all summer to find good snow, and when winter finally got here I couldn’t ski. The injury happened when I crashed in Saas Fee a week before the race in Sölden. I crashed in GS training. Looking back now I was a little stressed the weeks before the opening in Sölden. I had lots of skis to test and really wanted to be 100% ready for Sölden. I was risking too much and skied too many runs. More risk + more runs = not very smart. The preparation had been good and I felt I was very close to everything being perfect going into the season. We were struggling to find the best snow for GS training. But the first race in Sölden is early, and the season in whole is much more important. But much easier to be cool about that now than when the first race is approaching fast. Looking back now doing the race in Sölden was also a mistake. But you learn as you go. It’s like Didier Cuche said to me the other day; “This close to the season I can’t go 100% in training. It’s like I don’t want to risk too much”. I’ll do the first training here in Lake Louise tomorrow. Take it a little easy and see what the leg feels like.

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