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Dominant Paris closed ranks and claimed super G gold in Åre

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Aksel Lund Svindal was the talk of the day before the men’s super G, the first race for the men in Åre 2019, which is one of the last races of the speed giant’s career. But the Norwegian was defeated with a margin by Italian Dominik Paris who set the bar high, starting as number three.

Dominik Paris, Italy, won the men's super G in Åre. Photo by Zoom Agency
Dominik Paris, Italy, won the men's super G in Åre. Photo by Zoom Agency

A lot of the spotlight has been focused on the fact Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal, two of the greatest in alpine skiing of all times, will retire from professional alpine skiing after the world championships in Åre. That was also one of the reasons why a large portion of the audience at the men’s super G was Norwegian. However, Svindal would not be one of the top three in what was most likely the last super G race of his career.

Svindal summarized his impression of today’s event by saying with a smile: “It was dark! But it was competitive and fair.”

Instead, Italian Dominik Paris, Italy, set the bar high. Wearing bib number three, Paris took the lead and his performance turned out to be the fastest of the day. In the end the top three athletes all ended up within nine hundreds of a second of each other. The battle for second and third place ended up being between Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr and Frenchmen Johan Clarey who, after the conclusion, came in with the exact same time. 

The slope section Kanonröret turned out to be a decisive part of the course as many had problems handling the technical difficulties it offered. Svindal ended up in 16th place but will have a new chance to “go out with a bang” in the men’s downhill on Saturday. Swedish athletes Felix Monsén and Alexander Köll, wearing bib numbers 37 and 36, ended up in places 19 and 20. Mattias Rönngren finished at 25th position and Olle Sundin at 34th. 

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Dominik Paris, Italy, won the men's super G in Åre. Photo by Zoom Agency
Dominik Paris, Italy, won the men's super G in Åre. Photo by Zoom Agency
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Aksel Lund Svindal missed the podium in the last super G race of his career. Photo: Zoom Agency
Aksel Lund Svindal missed the podium in the last super G race of his career. Photo: Zoom Agency
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Dominik Paris, Italy, winner of the men's super G. Photo: Zoom Agency
Dominik Paris, Italy, winner of the men's super G. Photo: Zoom Agency
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Many fans had come to watch Svindal and the rest compete for the medals. Photo by Zoom Agency.
Many fans had come to watch Svindal and the rest compete for the medals. Photo by Zoom Agency.
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Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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