Aksel Lund Svindal makes history with men’s downhill gold — at age 35

The 35-year-old beat shut buddy and countryman Kjetil Jansrud into silver with Swiss world champion Beat Feuz in bronze in what is commonly thought-about the blue riband occasion of the Winter Olympics.

Svindal has been one of many dominant velocity skiers of his era with a number of world titles and World Cup crowns in addition to Olympic super-G gold, downhill silver and big slalom bronze in Vancouver in 2010.

Olympic gold had all the time eluded him however on an ideal day in Pyeongchang after every week of excessive wind and delays, Svindal edged Sochi super-G champion Jansrud by zero.12 seconds with Feuz zero.18 secs again.

“If you cross the end line and also you see that you have had race and also you’re within the medals and even for the gold, you do not assume an excessive amount of in regards to the history books,” he informed reporters afterwards.

“It is emotional, and being within the Olympics and competing for gold and with the ability to get it, for me at least these emotions are a lot stronger than any history ever written.”

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Svindal is three months older than Austria’s Mario Matt was when he received the slalom at the age of 34 in Sochi. American Bode Miller grew to become snowboarding’s oldest male medalist when he received bronze at Sochi at the age of 36.

Svindal, who was Norway’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony in Sochi in 2014, suffered a season-ending crash at Kitzbuehel in 2016 and missed the next season after knee surgical procedure.

He has received thrice on the World Cup this season however nonetheless has to restrict his coaching time to handle the harm.

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Aksel Lund Svindal made his Olympic debut in Turin in 2006.

He admitted within the afterglow of profitable gold that his illustrious profession was drawing to shut.

“I suppose that is the start of the tip by some means, undoubtedly my final Olympics. Nothing is 100% certain however that is very, very near being 100% certain,” he added.

The Sochi downhill gold medalist, Matthias Mayer of Austria, completed ninth to proceed the streak that nobody has received back-to-back men’s downhill titles within the 70-year history of the occasion at the Winter Video games.

The men’s velocity skiers will contest the rearranged super-G at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre Friday.

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