A 35-year-old Norwegian just became the oldest Olympic ski champion ever — and his run was so fast it would break the South Korean speed limit

  • A 35-year-old Norwegian etched his name into the history books on Thursday.
  • Aksel Lund Svindal won gold in the downhill event and became the oldest Olympic alpine skiing champion of all time.
  • At one point, Svindal accelerated to 125 km/ hour — a speed that would have resulted in a fine had he travelled that fast on the South Korean expressways.
  • The only problem is that the police would first have to catch him.

Norwegian athlete Aksel Lund Svindal just became the oldest Olympic alpine skiing champion ever at 35 years old.

Svindal was seventh out of the gate in the men's downhill event on Thursday and quickly picked up a blistering speed once he got going down the mountain.

With a finish time of 1 minute and 40.25 seconds, he was the fastest to cross the line.

Downhill skiing is one of the five forms of alpine skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom, and combined all emphasise skills such as turning and technique, but it is speed that's essential in downhill skiing.

Svindal, for instance, accelerated to 125 km/hour during his gold medal-winning run.

This hair-raising speed would have resulted in a fine had he travelled that fast by car through South Korea, where the maximum speed allowed on the expressways is 120 km/hour.

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This photo taken on February 19, 2017 shows members of a 'ski camp' at the Masikryong ski resort, near North Korea's east coast port city of Wonsan. Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang in the neighbouring South was awarded the 2018 winter Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH NKorea-tourism-leisure-ski-diplomacy,FEATURE by Sebastien Berger (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on February 19, 2017 shows a general view of the lobby of the Masikryong ski resort, near North Korea's east coast port city of Wonsan. Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang in the neighbouring South was awarded the 2018 winter Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH NKorea-tourism-leisure-ski-diplomacy,FEATURE by Sebastien Berger (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo taken on February 20, 2017, Kim Chol-Nam, 30, poses for a portrait at the ski hire desk where he works at the Masikryong, or Masik Pass, ski resort near Wonsan. The resort was opened in 2013. A price list at the ticket desk advertises a cost of 80 US dollars for a one-day lift pass and ski hire for foreign tourists, while North Koreans can expect to pay the equivalent of around 40 US dollars. / AFP / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on February 19, 2017 shows members of a 'ski camp' at the Masikryong ski resort, near North Korea's east coast port city of Wonsan. Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang in the neighbouring South was awarded the 2018 winter Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH NKorea-tourism-leisure-ski-diplomacy,FEATURE by Sebastien Berger (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on February 19, 2017 shows a room at the Masikryong ski resort, near North Korea's east coast port city of Wonsan. Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang in the neighbouring South was awarded the 2018 winter Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH NKorea-tourism-leisure-ski-diplomacy,FEATURE by Sebastien Berger (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on February 20, 2017 shows staff at the Masikryong ski resort, near North Korea's east coast port city of Wonsan. Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang in the neighbouring South was awarded the 2018 winter Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH NKorea-tourism-leisure-ski-diplomacy,FEATURE by Sebastien Berger (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on February 19, 2017 shows North Korean visitors at the Masikryong ski resort, near North Korea's east coast port city of Wonsan. Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang in the neighbouring South was awarded the 2018 winter Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH NKorea-tourism-leisure-ski-diplomacy,FEATURE by Sebastien Berger (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on February 19, 2017 shows a skier at the Masikryong ski resort, near North Korea's east coast port city of Wonsan. Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang in the neighbouring South was awarded the 2018 winter Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH NKorea-tourism-leisure-ski-diplomacy,FEATURE by Sebastien Berger (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on February 20, 2017 shows a general view of the Masikryong ski resort, near North Korea's east coast port city of Wonsan. Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang in the neighbouring South was awarded the 2018 winter Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH NKorea-tourism-leisure-ski-diplomacy,FEATURE by Sebastien Berger (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo taken on February 19, 2017, Pak Han-Song, 11, poses for a portrait on a beginner's slope at the Masikryong, or Masik Pass, ski resort near Wonsan. AFP was told that Pak was a member of a youth ski camp. The Masik resort was opened in 2013. A price list at the ticket desk advertises a cost of 80 USD for a one-day lift pass and ski hire for foreign tourists, while North Koreans can expect to pay the equivalent of around 40 USD. / AFP / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
WONSAN, NORTH KOREA - JANUARY 29: An Italian-made Areco snow cannon sits on the beginner slope in front of the Masikryong Hotel at the new Masik Ski Resort January 29, 2014 near Wonsan in northeastern North Korea. The screen displays music videos of popular North Korean songs, as well as statistics about mountain conditions. The resort reportedly boasts a 250-room, eight-story hotel for foreigners, 10 ski runs and is thought to have cost $300 million. (Photo by Jean H. Lee/Getty Images)
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