Aksel Lund SvindalWebsite
The Norwegian skier and winner of numerous titles, including several Cristal Globes, has embodied the sporting elegance of Longines since 2007.
Aksel Lund Svindal was already a skiing champion in the junior category before he became World Champion in Combined in 2002 in Italy. The same year, he also won the silver medal in Super-G and the bronze medals in Downhill and Slalom.
He started his career by winning the Trophy of the most promising skier of the day at Alta Badia in Giant Slalom. At the end of the 2003 season, he finished second in Combined at Kitzbühel, only half a second behind the winner Michael Walchhofer. Svindal scored more than forty top-10 rankings in all disciplines on the World Cup. At the end of the 2006 season, his 2nd place in the general ranking confirmed his great potential. Aksel Lund Svindal was the first Norwegian in history to receive a gold medal in Downhill at World Championships. He did so in Åre in 2007. He also won the Giant Slalom race at the same event: only the fourth male skier in history to reach this level of performance. Number one in the 2007 general ranking of the World Cup, he continued to stun the world with his skiing achievements. His success story is undeniably remarkable.
He was one of the most eagerly awaited skiers at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season. Unfortunately, he got very badly injured after a fall at the downhill race in Beaver Creek, and was unable to get back into the circuit for the rest of the season.
Aksel was able to recover after a long rehabilitation and focused on his preparation in order to be ready to start the 2008-2009 season in good shape. He managed to keep constant good results throughout the season, starting with a gold medal on the same race where he had crashed the previous year. He made it a fantastic season, with two medals at the World Championships in Val d’Isère and finishing with 2 Cristal Globes in Åre: the super G, and the General.