Norwegian skiers aren’t only good on the cross-country trails, they’re also powering their way through this year’s World Cup alpine events. On Friday, they made history by winning all three top spots after a Super G race in Val Gardena.
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the race, followed by fellow Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, in second- and third place respectively.
“What an incredible Norwegian day,” exulted Andreas Toft, commentator for state broadcaster NRK. “Never before have three Norwegians swept the platform in a Super G race. Fantastic!”
For Svindal, it was his fourth World Cup victory so far this season, as he continues to make a stunning comeback after tearing his Achilles tendon last year and being forced to sit out almost the entire season. Jansrud and Kilde were also being praised for winning a triple Norwegian victory.
“This is crazy, there’s nothing else to say,” Svindal said after the race. “It’s incredible to do something that makes for an historic victory.” Jansrud called the victory “magical” and Kilde called it “brilliant.” Kilde, age 23, is 10 years younger than Svindal, which bodes well for the new generation of racers.
“They’re outclassing the rest of the world’s skiing elite,” crowed Kjetil André Aamodt, a retired Norwegian downhill racer who also won record amounts of World Cup and Olympic medals during his career.