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.