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Svindal struggles in Olympic super-G, finishes 7th

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 6:28 am •  Published: February 16, 2014
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — By his count, Aksel Lund Svindal made not one, not two, not three, but four bad turns near the top of the super-G course on Sunday.

That's probably more mistakes than the Norwegian standout has made all season in his signature event.

On this day, the defending Olympic super-G champion took a back seat to countryman Kjetil Jansrud, who won the race by 0.30 seconds over Andrew Weibrecht of the United States. Jan Hudec of Canada and Bode Miller of the U.S. shared the bronze.

And just where did Svindal wind up? Down the leaderboard a little bit at seventh.

Quite a surprise considering he's captured six of the last nine World Cup super-G races he's started. He's dominated the discipline so much that his competitors have playfully dubbed him, "Mr. Super-G."

Race by disappointing race, this is turning into an Olympics Svindal would just as soon forget. The chatter before the Sochi Games was not if Svindal would win a medal, but how many.

After all, he captured a medal of each color in Vancouver four years ago — including gold in the super-G — and looked stronger than ever heading into this Winter Games.

So far, Svindal's 0-for-3 in his medal bid, finishing fourth in the downhill, eighth in the super-combined and on Sunday, in the super-G, he matched his worst finish in the event in nearly two years.

"That's just the way it is," Svindal said with a shrug.

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