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December 6, 2013
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Svindal: Super-G is anyone’s contest

BEAVER CREEK — Aksel Lund Svindal was on the podium six times last season in World Cup and World Championships super-G events, winning four and finishing runner up here at the Birds of Prey super-G race.

This season, he’s already won the first super-G, which was in Lake Louise, Alberta, last weekend. And he won Friday’s downhill.

So what does Svindal think his chances are in today’s super-G?

“Who knows?” he said. “It could be anyone you see here (at the downhill), I think there’s a lot of guys who can win it.”

Starting on a part of the course that challenged skiers in the downhill, super-G will be tough as well — a course with new challenges and new conditions.

“It’s a difficult course, and I think the weather’s going to be like (Friday),” he said. “It’s going to be a tough race.”

The National Weather Service is calling for a 60 percent chance of snow with cold temperatures — a low of negative 15 degrees forecasted — once again today.

Two-tenths of a second separated first from third at Friday’s downhill, and Svindal said it will likely be close today, as well.

“I think it’s probably going to be a tight race again,” he said. “To win you’re have to be able to get after it and risk a little bit, and not make too big of mistakes.”

The super-G course will start a little further down the pitch than today’s downhill, with only four or five turns before the racers reach a flatter, gliding section of the hill. The racers will not have a training run under their belts, like in downhill, only a course inspection.

With 10 spots available for the U.S., look for most of the racers from the U.S. A Team on the course today.

“It’s a great hill for Ted Ligety; there’s some technical stuff in there” said U.S. Ski Team veteran Marco Sullivan. “And Travis Ganong has been skiing really good super-G in training. Watch out for him.”

The super-G is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.


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