Ski champion Svindal is operated on for testicular cancer

FILE – Norwegian silver medalist Aksel Lund Svindal poses during the medal ceremony for the men’s downhill race, at the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Are, Sweden February 9, 2019. The two-time Olympic champion in ski Svindal underwent surgery after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, the Norwegian said on Saturday, September 24, 2022.Gabriele Facciotti/AP

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Two-time Olympic ski champion Aksel Lund Svindal has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, the Norwegian said Saturday.

“I felt a change in my body. I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything. But I decided to get it checked out. I went to see a doctor and I was quickly (transferred) to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected Testicular cancer,” Svindal wrote on Instagram, along with a photo of himself in a hospital gown.

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly. And already after the first week I knew the prognoses were very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected that something was wrong.

Svindal, 39, retired from skiing after winning a silver medal in his last race, the downhill at the world championships in Åre, Sweden, in February 2019.

Svindal won the super-G at the Vancouver Games in 2010 and the downhill at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018 and finished his career with four Olympic medals in all.

At the world championships, he won five gold medals and nine medals overall.

Svindal also won the overall World Cup title in the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons. His 36 World Cup victories put him tied with Austria’s Benjamin Raich for seventh place on the men’s all-time list.

In November 2007, Svindal broke his facial bones and opened his groin and abdominal area following a nasty crash during a training run in Beaver Creek, Colorado. But he quickly became one of the best competitors on the circuit.

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