Norway's Svindal still Super G king at Lake Louise

LAKE LOUISE, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal lived up to his billing as the pre-race favorite Sunday by capturing his third straight Super G World Cup title at the Alberta course.

Svindal, who was fourth in the downhill Saturday, crossed the finish line of the relatively straight course in 1:28.53. Austrians Matthias Mayer (1:28.91) and Georg Streitberger (1:28.91) finished second and third respectively.

It was his fifth career Super G title at Lake Louise to go with one downhill title won last year.

With the win, the 30-year-old tied Hermann Maier for most men's World Cup Super G victories at a single venue. The Austrian legend won five Super G races at Kitzbuhel.

"I knew it was a fast course, especially on the 'Coaches Corner' and 'Followay' sections. People kept making mistakes there and I could have probably done a bit better there myself," said Svindal, the Super G gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

"But what is important in Lake Louise is to carry the speed down. I was mainly focused on that and on being as compact as I could in the last section."

For Svindal, who finished second in the overall World Cup standings to Austrian Marcel Hirscher last season, it was his 11th career Super G victory. He now passes Switzerland's Pirmin Zurbriggen to sit second outright in the all-time standings, well behind Maier's 24 wins.

As dominant as Svindal has been at Lake Louise, so too have the Austrians who now have claimed 22 of the 45 podium positions in the 15 World Cup Super G races that have been held at the Banff National Park mountain.

Runner-up Mayer called the course difficult to attack.

"Still, my run was good. I skied particularly well in the steep section, but maybe in the last gates I lost some time that might have cost me a victory," the 23-year-old said. "Overall, I am very happy with how it went today."

Veteran Streitberger added the Lake Louise course was good for downhillers.

"I like it when Super G is closer to downhill than a giant slalom," said the 32-year-old Salzburg native. "The course was fast but good to ski and I am satisfied with how I handled it. I only made one mistake at the last big turn, but things like that can always happen. It's my first podium in Lake Louise and that for me makes today a perfect day."

Bode Miller finished tied for 23rd with a time of 1:30.27 in his first World Cup Super G since December 2011. The five-time Olympic medalist injured his knee in early 2012 and sat out all of last season to ensure he is healthy for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Canadians Jan Hudec (1:29.47) and Manual Osbourne-Paradis finished 10th and 12th respectively at Lake Louise, enough for both to secure Olympic team berths.

"Even though I'm not on the podium today when I knew I could have been, I'm still pretty happy with my performance," said Calgary native Hudec, who has endured seven knee operation in his 32 years.

"All-in-all an awesome performance, I'm really happy about that. It's frustrating today because, you know, coulda woulda shoulda, but at the same time I know that if I would have just cleaned up that one turn I might have been on the podium."