Svindal concedes overall WCup title to Hirscher
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland -- Aksel Lund Svindal conceded the overall World Cup title to defending champion Marcel Hirscher after both his favored speed events were canceled by bad weather at the finals.
The super-G was canceled Thursday because of fog, wind and a 45-minute delay after Klaus Kroell of Austria crashed and broke his arm. He was airlifted to a hospital.
Svindal won't race in the season-ending slalom on Sunday, meaning he can't catch his Austrian rival's 149-point lead in the over standings. Lund Svindal had already won the super-G title based on points.
"I see no reason," Svindal said of competing in his worst event, which is Hirscher's best.
Svindal, the overall champion in 2007 and `09, couldn't score points when the downhill was canceled Wednesday, followed by the super-G cancellation on Thursday.
The canceled women's race gave the season-long super-G title to Tina Maze of Slovenia. She could have been caught only by American Julia Mancuso.
U.S. head coach Alex Hoedlmoser said the steep, twisting course was "too dangerous" for racing.
"The wind was blowing the snow across the track and you couldn't really see enough," he said. "The conditions on the top were just not good enough."
Maze of Slovenia had already won the overall and giant slalom titles.
The Austrian ski team said Kroell broke his upper left arm. Kroell was launched into the air from a ridge approaching a right-hand turn and went headlong into safety nets.
The race, which was delayed several times by bad weather, was canceled after the crash.
Svindal said Hirscher "deserves (the title) this year 100 percent," comparing his slalom results to Alpine greats Ingemar Stenmark and Alberto Tomba.
Hirscher and Svindal are both scheduled to start in the giant slalom on Saturday.
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