Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kjetil Jansrud Wins Olympic Gold in Super-G


Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) won Norway's fourth consecutive Olympic super G gold medal, completing his personal Olympic medal set, on a day in which records melted away even quicker than the snow at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre.
Bode Miller, the first USA skier to win medals at three different Olympic Games after taking bronze and the oldest Olympic alpine skiing medallist of all time, will grab many of the headlines but all four of the super G medallists on Sunday morning will be keeping the statisticians busy for days to come.
Miller's fellow countryman Andrew Weibrecht swapped medal places with his compatriot from the 2010 Games, winning the silver medal to add to his super G bronze from Vancouver four years ago. In the process the 28-year-old joined Miller in becoming only the fourth man to win multiple Olympic super G medals.
And still the records fell. Joint bronze medallist Jan Hudec (CAN) became the first Canadian skier to win an Olympic medal outside of the downhill and the first of his countrymen to win an Olympic alpine skiing medal for 20 years.
The Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre has swiftly gained a reputation for producing highly dramatic races and unfancied medallists. If anything, the men's super G surpassed the previous five alpine events at Sochi 2014 on both counts.
For Miller, now the oldest Olympic alpine medal winner and equal second in the all-time list of Olympic alpine medal winners, it was an emotional triumph.
"It's been such a tough two years, with my brother passing away and all the injuries. Loss and struggle are tough, but I came out and performed well today. I'm just finally getting a little luck", said Miller.
Gold medal winner Jansrud, whose achievement means he has matched MILLER in winning the full set of Olympic medals, was typically understated in his assessment of his 2014 Games so far.
"So far this Olympic Games has gone better than I had hoped. I am floating. It's the biggest thing you can win", said the 2014 Olympic super G champion.

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