The Red Bull-backed Norwegian, Aksel Lund Svindal, has grabbed World Cup Super-G gold for the third time this week… despite coming in 16th place.
Despite finishing a disappointing 16th in the last Super-G of the season (a race that was won by world champion Christof Innerhofer of Italy, with France's Alexis Pinturault placed second and Austria's Marcel Hirscher placed third), Aksel still managed to lift his seventh World Cup career trophy thanks to his two main rivals Beat Feuz and Didier Cuche crashing out.
"I have been very lucky today," said Svindal. "I did not race well at all, but Didier didn't have his best run either. There were a lot of sharp turns, it was more like a giant slalom."
'Super-G was my only event where I did well all season - except for today.'
Svindal won the first super-G of the season in Lake Louise, Alberta, in November. The eight races in the discipline had eight different winners.
"Super-G was my only event where I did well all season - except for today," Svindal joked. “Crossing the finish line you get all the feedback right there and then. And that is the strongest moment in alpine racing. That’s my best memories from Olympic Games and World Championships. But there are also times when you cross the finish line and get a slap in the face. Today was one of those days.
“I had a bad race. But it was kind of a strange race, so the lots of other guys also had a bad day. And by the end of that bad day, I had kept my advantage in the cup standings and took home the Super-G title. After the disappointment from crossing the finish line has passed, I’m one happy guy for winning the title.”
Svindal now stands third in the overall season standing.