Alpine Skiing - Svindal makes history at favourite venue

Aksel Lund Svindal claimed his third World Cup super-G victory at the Italian resort of Val Gardena and also brought up a long-awaited century for Norway.

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Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway celebrates skiing the best time for the men's World Cup Super-G (Reuters)

Svindal's victory - the 100th Norwegian men's World Cup success - was totally dominant with only two skiers finishing within a second of his 1:35.82 time.

Canada's Jan Hudec took second while France's Adrien Theaux completed the podium ahead of Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud.

"Val Gardena has always been good to me, in 2002 I was sixth here in the first World Cup super-G I ever started, it was my first top ten and it marked my big breakthrough," said Svindal.

“The snow is always great here and I like the preparation.  It’s always perfect and you can tell by all the guys with high numbers making their way to the top of the rankings."

Hudec's return to form is timely ahead of next year's Olympics and is his best result since 2012, when he won the Chamonix downhill and took silver in the Crans Montana super-G.

It was Theaux's second podium of the campaign, after claiming second in the Lake Louise downhill.

"I knew that without major mistakes I could be on the podium," said Hudec.

"I was super focused today and I avoided any mistakes, which I made in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek."

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