Aksel Lund Svindal, of Norway, was born and bred an alpine skier.
His mom and dad were both skiers and made it very easy for Aksel to carry on the family tradition. His family would go to Geilo (one of the top ski destinations in Norway) often to stay with his grandparents at their cabin. Geilo is where Svindal learned to ski. He received his first pair of skies for his third birthday. That was it – he was hooked. The skis were passed down to his brother and two cousins after him and Aksel still has them at home as a keepsake.
As a professional, Svindal has established himself as one of the most prolific skiers the sport has seen. Eight World Championships. Three Olympic medals. Two overall World Cup titles. He credits winning the overall World Cup as the biggest accomplishment of them all. He’s been in the top four in World Cup rankings every year since 2006.
Not only is Svindal a world class alpine skier, he is a gentleman of the sport. When discussing the Olympic Games, from which he’s already obtained a gold medal, Svindal states: “The Olympics are a great opportunity to inspire the world and show the good values that sports are built on."