Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal is skipping the rest of the Alpine skiing World Cup season to get back to 100 percent after he ruptured an Achilles tendon playing soccer in October and to avoid risking starting next season with a poor start number.
Svindal, 32 and a three-time 2010 Olympic medalist, finished sixth in the downhill and super-G at the World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colo., the previous two weeks. Those were his only races this season.
“I feel pretty good on the skis, but I also feel that I missed those three months of skiing,” Svindal blogged.
Svindal detailed the rules concerning injury status and start numbers in the blog.
If he skips this entire World Cup season, he goes into 2015-16 preserving his injury status.