Aksel Lund Svindal out of men's giant slalom, leaving Sochi
Norwegian has withdrawn from final Olympic race
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway has withdrawn from the men’s giant slalom, the alpine skier’s final event at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
Svindal won three medals at the Vancouver 2010 games, including a bronze medal in the men’s giant slalom. Svindal also won gold in the super-G and silver in the downhill in 2010.
So far, the closest the 31-year-old has gotten to an Olympic medal in Sochi was fourth place in the men’s downhill.
“I came to these Olympic games as the favorite for two golds,” wrote Svindal on Facebook. “I did my best, but this time I wasn't good enough. These Olympic games were not my championship.”
According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Svindal has been suffering from allergies, and has opted to leave the Olympics to concentrate on the end of the World Cup season.
"His shape is not 100 per cent, so the best idea is for him to go home and prepare for the rest of the World Cup," said a spokesman from the Norwegian ski federation.
Svindal’s performance in giant slalom races this season have not been strong, with only one top-ten finish; 4th at the Soelden World Cup in Austria, Oct 27, 2013. He is ranked 13th in the discipline, in the current World Cup standings.
“If every day was the same you wouldn't really learn much. Wins and defeats. I put them both in my ‘life experience’ account,” tweeted Svindal.
Svindal is ranked second overall in the World Cup standings, first overall within downhill and super-G standings.