Winter Olympics: Aksel Lund Svindal wins downhill gold in Pyeongchang


Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal became the oldest Olympic alpine skiing champion as he held off compatriot Kjetil Jansrud to win downhill gold.

Svindal took super-G gold at Vancouver 2010 but finished a disappointing fourth when favourite for the downhill at Sochi 2014.

However, the 35-year-old finished 0.12 seconds ahead of Jansrud with Swiss world champion Beat Feuz third.

The Austrian was a surprise winner in Sochi four years ago, clinching gold despite never finishing higher than fifth in a World Cup downhill before.

For Svindal, the victory came after a serious knee injury. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a crash in January 2016 and only won his first World Cup downhill race since in December.



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