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Drömslut for Svindal – but Jansrud won the world CHAMPIONSHIPS gold medal

twelve years ago, he won the world CHAMPIONSHIP gold medal in the downhill in Åre.

this time it was silver.

write into the history books as one of the major players in the alpine fartåkning. And he got to finish in the top – despite the knee problems.

It was a really drömslut when Svindal hunted the podium in his last race. He had hang on the world CHAMPIONSHIPS gold medal in Saturday's downhill, but ran into second place – just two hundredths after the friend Kjetil Jansrud.

of Norwegian flags fluttered together with the snowflakes in the process.

In the stands sat the Swedish king and queen and crown princess Victoria with the family – just like the Norwegian crown princess Mette-Marit and kronpris Haakon with his kids.

"I felt the energy from the audience and wanted to give everything I had in my last race," says Svindal.

" It was a little bit of extra pressure today. I tend to think I get new chances, but it worked just not now. But from the moment I came in the goal just I enjoyed.

and Jansrud shared place in the ledarsoffan and stepped up on the podium together with bronze medalist Vincent Kriechmayr (Austria).

IN the OS in the last year the conditions were reversed. Svindal one, Jansrud finished second.

Now, took the 33-year-old Jansrud his first world CHAMPIONSHIP gold medal.

"I have always wanted to call myself a world champion and now I can it," says Jansrud.

" As I see it, it was home, there were so many norwegians here.

– Aksel and I have shared so many hours of training, in 16-17 years. To share the podium with him one last time, and in a world CUP, feels like a fairy tale.

Svindal stated that he is confident in his decision to quit:

– It is not actually strange to sit here and have one last press conference, everything has its time.

" It has been a long journey and it has been an amazing journey.

OLYMPIC gold medalist and femfaldige world CUP gold medallist was praised by colleagues and competitors. Not least of the Swedish hemmaåkarna.

"the Hat," says Alexander Köll, who himself finished 46:a.

" Aksel has meant a lot for the sport, he is a ”champion”.

her personal best from the world CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 as the 16th man.

" I bet the top-15, so it was a little bitter. But still crazy cool, "says Monsén and adds about Svindal:

" Awesome. You admire him and it is just to say congratulations.

Köll placed Sweden's two world CUP debutants: Olle Sundin 34:a, Filip Platter 45:a.

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