Winter Olympics: Aksel Lund Svindal wins downhill gold at 35 in Pyeongchang

Winter Olympics: Svindal wins downhill gold

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal became the oldest Olympic alpine skiing champion as he held off Kjetil Jansrud to win downhill gold at the age of 35.

He finished 0.12 seconds ahead of compatriot Jansrud, with Swiss world champion Beat Feuz taking bronze in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Svindal won super-G gold at Vancouver 2010 but finished fourth when favourite for the downhill at Sochi 2014.

“It feels pretty good. I’m extremely happy,” said Svindal.

“The record is a thing you think about after, but right now it’s just the emotions when you cross the finish line and you see that you’re ahead. That’s bigger than any record.”

Svindal tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a crash in January 2016 and only won his first World Cup downhill race since then in December 2017.

Defending champion Matthias Mayer finished seventh. The Austrian was a surprise winner in Sochi four years ago, clinching gold despite never finishing higher than fifth in a World Cup downhill before.

‘Iron Man’ off to a flyer

Yun Sung-bin set a track record in the second heat

South Korean slider Yun Sung-bin has become a hit with the home fans after setting a track record in the men’s skeleton heats.

The 23-year-old, who wears a helmet resembling American film superhero Iron Man, is bidding to win his country’s first skeleton medal.

“The way people ride skeleton is similar to the way Iron Man flies,” said Yun. “He’s also my favourite character, and that’s why I wear him on my helmet.” More: