Olympic gold medal alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal became the first man to sweep both world cup races at the Lake Louise course in Alberta Sunday since Bode Miller pulled off the same feat back in 2004.
The Norwegian won the downhill race on Saturday with a time of 1:48.31, then clocked a time of 1:34.96 in his two super-G runs Sunday to win hold off France’s Adrien Theaux and Austria’s Joachim Puchner. American Ted Ligety, who won last month’s giant slalom race in Austria, finished fourth.
“Most racers, including myself, you don’t have the chance to win World Cups every day,” Svindal told the AP. “I felt ‘This is a race I can win,’ and you’ve got to try and take advantage of those opportunities.”
American downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, who has won 11 races at Lake Louise, petitioned the FIS to race the men in Alberta, but was denied. Instead, Vonn finished 21st in the women’s world cup event in Aspen after spending two nights in the hospital last week with severe intestinal pain.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.
Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.
Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.
The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.
Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.