TWELVE YEARS the page won Aksel Lund Image his first world cup gold in the Vein. It was in February 2007. Nine months and three weeks later, specifically 27. november of the same year, he was close to losing his life in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
I REMEMBER like it was yesterday. The eerie atmosphere in the ground. The uncertainty he felt in the hospital in Vail. Uncertainty and the fear. So on a request to put a rare idrettskarriere in perspective, it is not, first and foremost, the many triumfene I remember when it comes to one of Norway's greatest sportsmen through the ages.
The fact that Aksel Lund Image are among us so that he can actually add up, is it that means something.
It makes this day a very good day.Aksel Lund Image if it was safe to run: - How far one can stretch the elastic is not up to me
IT WAS is not given the first hours after the ugly fall at the Golden Eagle in the favorittraseen Birds of Prey. Or that Shaft himself has said it – "when you don't have control of your own body temperature, when you realize that you are in a bad way". But he got on his legs, Aksel Lund Image always on the legs.
And he got back on the ski.
I HAVE SEEN the austrian Gernot Reinstadler die in Wengen (1990), a set canadians Todd Brooker (1987) and Brian Stemmle survive Kitzbühel after two of the Die Streifs by far the nastiest accidents, and I was in Beaver Creek when Aksel Lund Image got too much air, came off and landed on his back in Beaver Creek. All of the events evokes memories of how marginal life can be for a skier that lives to run the icy mountain slopes with bullets, unpredictable strokes, jumps and compressions at speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour (Wengen/Kitzbühel). And when frenchman David Poisson died as 35-year-old in training in the canadian Nakiska a few weeks before the verdenscupåpningen in Lake Louise 2017, it was just another reminder of livsfaren that follow these athletes on the job.The most important thing is not to win in Kitzbühel, the most important thing is to travel to the OLYMPICS with your health in the keep
Should you win, you must often run with their lives at stake.
It is a part of the agreement you make with yourself.
You know of course that the skills are so good that you master the most.
But at the same time you know that no master of the unforeseen.
WHEN AKSEL LUND IMAGE stood up and stumped out of the hospital after the fall at Beaver Creek, he was seventeen kilo lighter than when he stood on the starting line. Two months later, he was still so weak that he barely managed to tread down the binding on the ski. But got on the ground, began the road back with some cautious turns in Varingskollen in Nittedal, and attached eyes and ambitions on the next launders in Beaver Creek.
Utforrennet in Birds of Prey the 5. December 2008.
the Super G competition the day after.
I WAS THERE also. And Aksel Lund Image won both. In utforrennet, on the way towards the Golden Eagle jumped, he ran with the dødsklumpen Kjetil André Aamodt set name, the all alpine skiers feel in the worst traseene. He is just a man. Of course he was afraid. And afterwards he was so relieved that he almost failed to put words to the feelings.
Then there was a new lump he knew.
the Here and now, ten years and two months later, the freezer I'm still on the back just at the thought of his performance in the Beaver Creek the 5. and 6. December 2008.
FIVE world CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD medals , two OLYMPIC gold medals, two sammenlagttriumfer in the world cup and 36 verdenscupseirer is Aksel Lund Svindals visible triumphs in an industry you go on a job with life as the stake. In my book makes him one of Norway's two greatest alpine skiers of all time.
MANY BELIEVE, arguments are also very good, that Aksel Lund Image is the best. Even he others have said it, Kjetil André Aamodt, medaljegrossisten with eight OLYMPIC medals (4-2-2), twelve world CHAMPIONSHIP medals (5-4-3) and 21 verdenscupseirer. The same has his father said, Finn Aamodt. For it is something with the olympic utforgullet Norway had never won before Axle fixed it in Pyeongchang, it is accomplished in many ways, Aksel Lund Svindals career and the Norwegian alpineventyret that began with Ole Kristian Furuseths victory in the japanese Furano in the spring of 1989.Aksel Lund Image's most popular toppidrettsutøver
In addition, of course, Aksel Lund Svindals 36 verdenscupseirer 15 more than Kjetil Other Aamodts 21.
BUT IT IS something with the Super G-gold Kjetil André Aamodt won in Turin (2006) also. On top of everything else. His 20. mesterskapsmedalje, won with a body that had asked to be retired a long time ago, but who first got peace on Idrettsgallaen eleven months later, a month before Aksel Lund Image struck through in the Oar.
There was also an out-of-a-different-world-feat.
Only the absolute best abilities to dig so deep.
AKSEL LUND IMAGE has dug so deeply many times. And come back and won. For all others there had been over then Kitzbuhel and Hausbergkanten took korsbåndet his in 2016. For the Shaft was even a challenge. But now he is where Kjetil Andre Aamodt was when he let up in January 2007.
He will not really, but he must.
we'll all be very happy.Aksel Lund Image is in the goal, he may not be larger