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Svindal falls just short in career finale

The Associated Press

Aksel Lund Svindal

The Associated PressARE, Sweden (AP) — If anyone had to beat Aksel Lund Svindal in his final race, he seemed just fine with it being Norwegian teammate Kjetil Jansrud.

After an emotional moment when he leaned back, stretched his arms out and looked to the sky, Svindal was all smiles despite finishing a close second in the downhill at the world championships on Saturday.

Amid a crowd of thousands of flag-waving Norwegian fans, Svindal playfully pointed at Jansrud after finishing 0.02 seconds behind in a race that was characterized by thick fog and heavy snowfall, which caused an hour’s delay.

Jansrud had come down three racers earlier.

“Two-hundredths this way or two-hundredths that way, doesn’t matter. Let’s just enjoy this,” said Svindal.

“I was really relaxed, to be honest. It was a great show, a double Norwegian [show].”

Already an Olympic champion in super-G at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, this is Jansrud’s first world title, adding to his two silvers at worlds. A big Liverpool soccer fan, he compared the feeling of skiing into a finish area filled with flag-waving Norwegian spectators to how he envisaged it would be like scoring a goal at Anfield.

“It is one of the biggest come-to-the-finish moments of my career,” said Jansrud. “I got a little taste of how a soccer player feels every weekend.”

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