Allergies, fatigue take Aksel Lund Svindal out of Sochi Olympics


Norwegian Alpine skiing star Aksel Lund Svindal has pulled out from the remainder of the Sochi Olympics due to allergies and fatigue according to Team Norway coach Havard Tjorhom.

Tjorhom told the Associated Press that Svindal, a three-time medalist at Vancouver four years ago, had reached “the point of no return” and so, he will not race in the men’s giant slalom on Wednesday.

Svindal will leave Sochi empty-handed after finishes of fourth in the downhill, eighth in the super combined, and seventh in yesterday’s super-G that was won by teammate Kjetil Jansrud; Svindal entered the super-G as defending Olympic champion.

Now, his focus will shift to the World Cup circuit, for which he’ll “try to get better and have some energy left” according to Tjorhom.

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On Facebook yesterday, Svindal talked about his efforts in Sochi and hailed Jansrud and his teammates for stepping up during his struggles.