Svindal loses out as weather Gods refuse to play ball

While he already had the Super G Crystal Globe in the bag, Aksel Lund Svindal must have felt that the weather gods are conspiring against him in Lenzerheide. Svindal was in the hunt for the Overall and with the speed events, the Downhill and Super, his main opportunities to score points, both cancelled, Svindal declared his chances of winning the Overall over. Hirscher now has a firm grip on the overall with the Tech races still to come.

The final Super G race of the season was bedeviled by fog and then high wind before it was finally cancelled. After Klaus Kroell crashed and had to be helicoptered off the hill, the deteriorating conditions left FIS with no choice but to cancel. Gauthier de Tessieres, having gone number 1, was safely in the finish and had the fastest time of those that had finished. The Silver medal winner at the World Championships will rue the fact that he will not get a maiden win. De Tessieres felt that he had been the “crash test dummy” for the race having gone number 1.

The race stuttered and stammered along with first de Tessieres going, then there being a long wait and then when Kroell crashed heavily into the netting after the compression, a long wait ensued while the helicopter came in to take him off the hill. It was later revealed that he had injured his shoulder in the crash. Ivica Kostelic spoke to the TV cameras and said that while the coaches could not decide in discussions with FIS race director Gunther Hujara whether the race  should go ahead, it was unfair and that the race was a lottery. Racing is never fair, he admitted but it needs to be as level a field as possible.

The Super G Globe will go to Aksel Lund Svindal. Svindal has won four of the five races that were completed and in the other he was second. Almost complete domination by the Norwegian. Indeed his worst result all season in Super G was the bronze he won in the World Championships.

With the girl’s race cancelled as well, Julia Mancuso takes second in the season long standings with Fenninger in third, Vonn in fourth and Hoefl-Riesch in fifth