Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal passes a gate in the men's super-G the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal pulls out of Olympics

February 17, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) -- The Norwegian men's Alpine skiing coach says Aksel Lund Svindal is leaving the Olympics because he has problems with allergies and fatigue.

Havard Tjorhom tells The Associated Press that Svindal reached ''the point of no return'' and will not race in the giant slalom on Wednesday.

Svindal won three medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games and was expected to be a star in Sochi. But he failed to win a medal in three races this time, finishing fourth in the downhill, eighth in the super-combined and seventh in the super-G on Sunday as the defending champion.

Tjorhom says Svindal will ''try to get better and have some energy left for the rest of the World Cup season.''

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