Svindal wins World Cup super-G for 7th victory of season


KITZBUEHEL, Austria | Aksel Lund Svindal mastered a tricky super-G course Friday to extend Norway’s World Cup winning streak to five races, and Alexis Pinturault of France won the combined event for the third straight year.

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal celebrates as he gets to the finish area, during an alpine ski, men's World Cup super-G, in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)Svindal avoided major mistakes and sped to his seventh victory of the season and 32nd overall, winning in 1 minute, 11.79 seconds. He beat Andrew Weibrecht of the United States by 0.31, and Hannes Reichelt of Austria by 0.42.

In the combined event, which added the results of the super-G and those of a slalom run five hours later, Pinturault led a French sweep of the podium ahead of Victor Muffat-Jeandet and Thomas Mermillod Blondin.

Svindal, who failed to finish the slalom, remained in the overall World Cup lead.