Who is Aksel Lund Svindel?
Aksel Lund Svindel was born in 1982 and he is a World Cup alpine ski racer. Born in Lørenskog in Akershus county, Svindel is a two-time overall World Cup champion winning in 2007 and 2009. He is also an Olympic gold medalist in super G at the 2010 Winter Olympics and in downhill at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Svindel is also a five-time World Champion in downhill, giant slalom, and super combined (2007 Åre, 2009 Val-d'Isère, 2011 Garmisch, and 2013 Schladming). With Svindel's victory in the downhill in 2013, he became the first male alpine racer to win titles in four consecutive world championships.
He is considered as the best Norwegian skier till date owing to his large number of wins. Kjetil Andre Aamodt has had greater accomplishments in Olympics but Svindal is considered the most Successful World Champion overall.
Svindel was in a relationship with alpine racer Julia Mancuso of the U.S. for three years, until the couple split up in September 2013. Kjetil Jansrud is one of his best friends and also his teammate. Svidel is nicknamed as Axl by his friends and family. He enjoys racing cars and water sports in his spare time. The athlete's partner is Gitte Lill Paulsen currently. He can speak English, German and Norwegian languages fluently. Svindel trained in the Club Nedre Romerike Alpinklub in Norway under Coach Christian Mitter who is on the national level.
His partner Gitte Lill Paulsen has worked as a fashion model. In January 2017 he underwent surgery on the meniscus in his knee. He started training again on snow seven months later. He later ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] and injured the meniscus and cartilage in his right knee after a crash during the 2016 World Cup event in Kitzbuhel, Austria. He later returned to the sport in December 2016.
In October 2014, Svindel again suffered an Achilles tendon injury playing football with teammates. He returned to competition in February 2015. In October 2009 he bruised his left leg while training in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. As a result he pulled out of the slalom at the 2009 World Cup event in Levi, Finland.
In November 2007 he fell heavily during downhill training in Beaver Creek, CO, United States of America. He was taken to hospital with a broken cheekbone, a broken nose, lacerations to his face and a 15-centimetre cut to his left buttock. He spent several weeks in hospital and missed the rest of the 2007/08 season. He even missed the 2005/06 season due to knee injuries.
In 2002, Svindel dislocated his shoulder while wakeboarding and had to rest for several months in order for it to heal.
The ski racer began skiing at age three just when he received a pair of skis on his third birthday. His mother and father were both skiers, and the family used to ski together. Ski racing was in his blood. He said in an interview, "Every holiday we went to Geilo [a ski destination in Norway] and stayed with my grandparents at their cabin, where I learned to ski. As I got a little older we would also go skiing at the smaller hills around Oslo on normal weekday evenings and at the weekends."
Svindel considers Norwegian alpine skier Kjetil Andre Aamodt as his hero. He believes in the philosophy, "I'm a skier who believes there's always a force that drives you to get better and faster." He was Norway's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. He was named Role Model of the Year at the 2009 Norwegian Sports Gala. Before this, he was named Male Athlete of the Year at the 2008 Norwegian Sports Gala. He received the Skieur d'Or Award in 2007. The honour is presented by the International Association of Ski Journalists [AIJS].
He became the first Norwegian alpine skier of any gender to win a gold medal in the downhill event at an Olympic Winter Games, when he triumphed at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. In February 2013 Svindel became the first Norwegian alpine skier to win at least one gold medal at four consecutive world championships.
In 2017 he set up the Aksel Fund in conjunction with one of his sponsors, a telecommunications company in Norway. As part of the scheme, Svindal agreed to have the gold medal he won in downhill at the 2007 World Championships in Are, Sweden, melted down to be used in SIM cards, while the sponsor made a significant financial contribution to his charity in return. "The Aksel Fund aims to support initiatives that promote the enjoyment of the sport - something which I am passionate about. It might be clubs or associations that need equipment, schemes to get more kids skiing or helping kids and grown-ups to get back on their feet after injury."
A tragic incident had occurred in the life of the World Cup Champion when he was very young. His mother, who used to take him skiing, died when he was age eight as a result of complications during the birth of his brother. As he was growing up his grandparents would take him and his siblings skiing, while their father continued running his company.
Career of the ski racer
Aksel Lund Svindel has proved to be a World class ski racer winning many medals in multitudes of events.
He has been injured many times during his career. Once in November 2007, he crashed badly during the training run for the Birds of Prey downhill race in Beaver Creek, Colorado, He had broken bones in his face and had a six-inch (15 cm) laceration to his groin and abdominal area. Svindal missed the remainder of the 2008 season, and returned to World Cup racing in October 2008.
After this injury, Svindel had amazing two victories which were also his first ones. He won a downhill event and a Super G in Beaver Creek.
At the 2009 World Championships, Svindal won a gold in the super combined. Fulfilling his comeback during the 2009 season, Svindal won his second overall World Cup also.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Svindal won the silver medal in the downhill competition in Whistler. Svindal's medal was Norway's hundredth silver medal at the Winter Olympics which is also the most for any nation.
Four days later on 19 February, Svindal won the Super G, his first-ever Olympic gold medal.
Next, Svindal successfully defended his world title in the super combined in 2011 at Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany.
After an injury, Svindal did not compete in World Cup events during the 2015 season. He did enter the World Championships in Colorado in February, and placed sixth in both the downhill and Super G events.
After his season long injury, Svindal came back with a bang in 2016. He managed seven world cup victories after which again he had a knee injury.
He won another Olympic Gold in the downhill event at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, becoming the oldest ever Alpine skiing gold medalist.
Aksel Lund Svindel's net worth
Aksel Lund Svindel has a net worth of $950,000.
Net worth of Olympic participants and other athletes
The Olympic Champions manage to earn a decent salary as an athlete but their major net worth is made from the endorsements they make after big companies sign them up after their victorious performances. Aksel Lund Svindel recently shot to fame after his gold medal win at 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Personal Quotes of the ski racer
Aksel Lund Svindel is very active on social media. He has his own website wherein he has written a brief description of his life as a World Cup Champion ski racer. Here is what it reads:
"I spend most of my time travelling the world in a Spandex race suit, trying to be the fastest I can be. But when I have the chance, I like exploring the world outside of ski racing.
I’m grateful to have met great people throughout my career ― people who have not only inspired me but have also helped me get to where I'm at today. If you've been following my journey on social media, I hope that you'll enjoy reading about some of my exciting adventures, both on and off the ski slopes.
I was lucky to have been born into a family that took me skiing from an early age, and lot has happened since! I'm grateful to have realized many of my dreams and to have experienced great victories at big competitions like the Olympics and the World Championships. I'm still having lots of fun skiing mountains around the world and hope to keep doing so for several years to come."
Major Awards and Accolades
Here is a short summary of his major awards that he has won in his skiing career:
*Gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Super G
*Gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Downhill
*Silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver at Downhill
*Bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver at Giant slalom
World Championships Wins:
*Gold medal at the 2007 Åre in Downhill
*Gold medal at the 2007 Åre in Giant slalom
*Gold medal at the 2009 Val-d'Isère in Combined
*Gold medal at the 2011 Garmisch in Combined
*Gold medal at the 2013 Schladming in Downhill
*Silver medal at the 2005 Bormio in Combined
*Bronze medal at the 2009 Val-d'Isère in Super G
*Bronze medal at the 2013 Schladming in Super G
Junior World Ski Championships:
*Gold medal at the 2002 Tarvisio in Combined
*Silver medal at the 2002 Tarvisio in Super G
*Bronze medal at the 2002 Tarvisio in Downhill
*Bronze medal at the 2002 Tarvisio in Slalom
Aksel Lund Svindel is quite active on his Instagram accounts and other social media accounts. He has an official page on his Instagram @asvindal. He has a lot of fans and followers on his Instagram page. The World Cup Champion regularly uploads his latest photos and photos from his competitions on his Instagram account.