Friday, February 19, 2010

2010 Vancouver Olympics: Day 8

Aksel Lund Svindal has quite the story for an Olympic gold medalist; in 2007 during a training run for the downhill in Beaver Creek, Svindal crashed so badly that he suffered face fractures, an eight inch laceration in the abdomen, and injuries to his ribs and back. He spent two weeks recovering in a hospital with a view of the mountains; he thought about how he was going to make his way back to the sport that he loved. Five months after his accident, he got back on skis.
This past year has been tough for Svindal who is trying to live up to his World Cup title; he injured his knee this past October and then had the flu after that. Somehow, Svindal found his footing at the right time, and took gold in the Super G today while Bode Miller looked on from the stands clapping. With his silver medal, Miller becomes the most decorated American alpine skier in history.
Miller's teammate, Andrew Weibrecht took the bronze.

Men's Super G
1. Gold-- Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 1:30:34
2. Silver-- Bode Miller, U.S.A., 1:30:62
3. Bronze-- Andrew Weibrecht, U.S.A., 1:30:65

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