Aksel Lund Svindal has had another busy week of competition, followed by the long trek back to Europe and in this week's blog he gets some things off his chest with the Norwegian media.
December 7 – Beaver Creek
A great race for Norway as a team on Sunday. Today was a good day for me and Kjetil. Congrats on to Kjetil for podium, and I’m medium happy with sixth place. But today’s story is about the rest of the team. As I said Sunday was so fun. Today was bad luck. Leif does a 360 in the course and goes out after good skiing. Markus and Iver were both fast enough for top 30, but go out before the finish. And like that wasn’t enough. Truls has a food run and is in the top 20. Then he gets DQed because his bindings are too high. That sucks. But they're skiing fast and will come back strong.
December 8 – Beaver Creek
Not qualifying for the second run is never fun. Even though slalom is not my best event, I expect more from myself. And the little training I’ve managed to squeeze in these past weeks has been going very well. So my hope where high pushing out of the gate. But I got slapped in the face those first few turns. Feeling was nothing like the feeling I had in training. Instead of being able to push speed trough the turns, I had more than enough trouble staying on my feet. Not a good feeling, and not very surprising that kind of skiing is not gonna get you very far.
But I’m not gonna give up my slalom for this year. I have too many good training runs from this summer to net get anything out of it.
PS: On NRK.no I can read that had no expectations for this slalom, that I haven’t been training and it seemed like i didn’t really care. I have no idea where they have their info from, as it is all wrong.
Ok, I haven’t skied any slalom the last two weeks. But I’ve skied races in the other events 11 out of 13 days. That’s a lot of work at 3000m altitude and taking two days off (if travels from Lake Louise to Beaver Creek is considered a day off) seemed like a smart move.
So yesterday is the only day I managed to get some training in. Having the kind of attitude described by NRK, would not only be stupid, as I’m trying to collect points for the overall, but also disrespectful to everyone watching and other athletes who would like to test their form in a World Cup race.
'I have no idea where they have their info from, as it is all wrong'
December 10 – Innsbruck
Final stage of travels from Beaver Creek. Driving from Munich to Innsbruck. Looks like there is even hope for a little white winter in the Alps.
December 11 – Innsbruck
So a perfect jetlag day in Innsbruck so far. Sleeping, then watching Norway kick wintersport ass as usual on ORF, then more sleep and more gold for Norway. But now to the most important part. ORF sport showing world champs from Saalbach back in 91. As you know we have to switch to skis with less sidecut next year. So me and Kjetil decided we should start preparing for next year by watching the old masters of Giant Slalom. These guys had style!
December 13 – Paganella
Woke up to a beautiful winter day here. Check out the view with Lake Garda. And some new clothing. Looks like we will be rocking white this winter.
All the best,