Back from the brink

Aksel Lund Svindal has recovered from a horrific crash in time to dominate four alpine ski events in 2010

The name Aksel Lund Svindal is a mouthful, but Canadians better get used to hearing it. The Norwegian skier has won the overall Alpine World Cup championship—meaning he is a medal threat in four different races—two of the past three seasons. And the reason he didn’t win the 2007-08 season was a horrific crash in Beaver Creek, Colorado, that left him with multiple broken bones and a gash in his backside so deep that surgeons opened his abdomen to assess the damage. The bad news for the rest of the world is that he appears to back at the top of his game.

New York Times

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