"THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR MISTAKES"- SVINDAL

"THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR MISTAKES"- SVINDAL

Although Svindal has won the overall World Cup title twice, his career has also been marked by a series of major injuries. His latest knee problem in January turned out to be more complex than expected as a meniscus had ripped off the bone and surgeons had to drill a new hole into the femur to reattach it.

 

Aksel Lund Svindal knows the recipe for success on the Saslong Classic course and he wasn't about to let his latest knee injury slow him down. It's no wonder the 34-year-old Norwegian veteran surprised onlookers by skiing wide around the final jump in training earlier this week. "I made some smart moves in the last training run to save my knee," said Svindal, who had surgery on his right knee in January. "Race day is different. You get the adrenaline that you don't get in training."

 

Channeling that adrenaline to perfection, Svindal dominated the 50th anniversary edition of the Saslong downhill Saturday "It was a good run. Does it ever get perfect? Probably not, but I must have been good," Svindal said. "You don't look for a perfect run. You look for high performance and no mistakes and today was definitely no mistakes."

 

"It is a downhill with a high average speed. There's no room for mistakes and you need to carry speed all the way and that's what I did," Svindal said.

 

Source: www.sltrib.com

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