Fine article in today’s Times by John Branch about the lounging of two-time world Alpine champ from Norway, Aksel Lund Svindal, in Miami.
- A year ago, Svindal returned to Beaver Creek, but not before he went down the course “hundreds of times” in his head. He and his teammates scouted the course, sliding down it to explore the bumps and turns.
“I was not looking forward to that first run,” Svindal said.
But fear is simply a downhiller’s adrenaline. On the day of the race, Svindal whooshed down the upper part of the course with unwavering aplomb. He was his old self, as good as ever, all calm on the outside.
“Going down the course, I was thinking about that jump,” Svindal said. “You’re supposed to think about where you are, not what’s ahead. My heart was racing like crazy. It’s one of those things where you know you have to do it, but you don’t really want to do it.”
He sailed over the lip. He landed smoothly. He won.
The article is worth a read.
And, from the video, who knew that “Shit happens” is a Norwegian expression?