Svindal, who won a downhill here on Friday, surged into the overall World Cup lead with his 11th World Cup victory in 1:13.05, 0.45 seconds ahead of Hermann Maier with fellow Austrian Michael Walchhofer third in 1:13.63.
The 25-year-old Norwegian was severely injured on the same mountain last year during a downhill training run while he was leading the standings. Battling back through months of rehabilitation, Svindal simply hoped to be in the running this week.
“To be competitive with the best guys in the world, that was my goal, and hopefully to be impressive,” Svindal said. “The first step is to be competitive and I definitely achieved that this week. I can’t do anything better than to win, can I?” he said. Svindal began the day sharing the overall World Cup lead with Swiss rival Daniel Albrecht on 185 points but seized sole possession of the lead by adding another 100 to his total. Maier moved into second overall on 216 points.
Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey racecourse was built during the summer of 1997 in preparation for the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships.
The Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek is the only World Cup location in the USA for the men’s speed events and we highly recommend attending if you are ever in the area in early December.