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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Aksel Lund Svindal takes season title

Associated Press

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland -- Fog has forced the cancellation of the final downhill race of the season, giving Aksel Lund Svindal his first title in the discipline.

The Norwegian maintained his 58-point lead over defending champion Klaus Kroell of Austria. Svindal already has won the crystal globe trophy in super-G.

Fog shrouded parts of the Lenzerheide slope in Switzerland and fans in the grandstands couldn't see the finish line. Still, organizers say they hope to run the women's downhill later Wednesday.

The canceled race prevented Svindal from scoring points to close the gap on overall leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria.

Hirscher, the defending champion, leads Svindal by 149 with three races left this week. Race wins are worth 100 points.