KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Feeling down after finishing fourth in the Olympic men's downhill, Aksel Lund Svindal has put his speed skis aside until his next medal race on Friday.
Svindal's strategy of not training downhill ahead of the super-combined event was explained Wednesday by Norway's Alpine head coach and teammate Kjetil Jansrud.
"I think he took it quite hard, finishing fourth in downhill. So he needed a couple of days off," Jansrud said after completing a practice run. "He's a little down. But that's how it is. He'll be ready for Friday, I think."
Norway coach Havard Tjorhom said Svindal has now returned to the slopes, training for slalom, and will follow the same routine on Thursday.
"Aksel just wanted to have a break from the course. He needed some days just to get away a little bit," Tjorhom told The Associated Press.
Though wanting respite from the Alpine course, Svindal stayed in the mountains this week. He already visited Sochi last Friday to carry Norway's flag in the opening ceremony.