/Skiing: After Long Layoff, Aksel Svindal Is Back on Top of World Cup Circuit

Skiing: After Long Layoff, Aksel Svindal Is Back on Top of World Cup Circuit

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Aksel Lund Svindal after his 1:47.29 winning run in the downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, last weekend.

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BOSTON — After almost a year away from competition because of injury, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway returned to ski racing last weekend in dramatic fashion, winning the World Cup circuit’s opening speed events in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Svindal’s back-to-back victories in Saturday’s downhill and Sunday’s super-G dispelled doubts about his form and announced him as a serious threat at this weekend’s races in Beaver Creek, Colo., and as a contender for the season’s overall, downhill and super-G trophies.

“It was a bit surprising that I won both races in Lake Louise. I knew I was fast. But this was more than I had hoped for,” Svindal, 32, said. “It will for sure not be that easy the rest of the winter, but I expect to be fast. And if I’m fast, then I’m one of the guys you have…

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