Well, for the sake of these people, a quick reminder that Norway is the birthplace of cross-country skiing, and zipping around on Nordic skis has been the sporting lifeblood of the Norwegian people for more than 5000 years - ample reasons for any citizen of that country to feel a wee bit of discomfort at the idea of sucking at the national pastime.
So without further ado, here’s more about what it’s like to live with the shame of being a terrible cross-country skier and four other things you probably didn’t know about Aksel Lund Svindal - and no, his relationship with American ski racing super star Julia Mancuso is not one of the 5 things you should know about Aksel - you can “like” Julia or Aksel’s Facebook page or visit their blogs for more on that kind of lovey-dovey stuff...although, she does get a few mentions here and there in this article, but that’s not my fault, it was Aksel who brought it up....anyhow, here we go...
Vi er ikke kjærester, men du har jo en historie der, som gjør at jeg står nærmere henne enn de fleste andre, sier Lund Svindal til Dagbladet.
I 2007 var han på date med Mancuso, noe som vakte oppsikt i alpinmiljøet.
Two years later Aksel won one gold medal and a bronze one at the 2009 World Championships in Val d’Isère, Savoie, France, At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics he took the gold at the Super-G, silver at the Downhill and bronze at the giant Slalom competitions.