Friday, February 16, 2018

Matthias Mayer Takes Gold in PyeongChang Super-G


Austrian Matthias Mayer, the Sochi 2014 downhill gold medalist who finished Wednesday's race in a disappointing ninth place, rallied against the odds on Thursday to claim Olympic gold in super-G. In doing so, he ended a Norwegian golden streak in the event that has carried over the past four Games. Starting with bib 15, Mayer bumped Norway's Kjetil Jansrud from the lead, but Jansrud was able to end the day with his second medal of the Games, this time a bronze.
A day after Aksel Lund Svindal became the first man to have won golds in both the Olympic men’s speed events, the Sochi downhill champion matched him with a masterclass in turning at pace down the Jeongseon slope.
Disregarding the pain of the hip injury he sustained when he collided with a TV cameraman during Tuesday’s combined, Mayer carved his way down the mountain in 24.44 seconds in perfect conditions at the Jeongseon Alpine Center.
"Four years ago I won the downhill and now today I‘m Olympic champion in super-G. I have no words for that (...) I was not sure thinking about my hip today. There was a point when I thought I might not be able to run the downhill and it’s still a bit blue but the medical guys have done a great job.", said Mayer.
On the fast and open course set, downhill bronze medallist Beat Feuz of Switzerland upgraded his hardware for silver in the super-G.
"Really great. Second medal for these Olympic Games is really nice for me. That's a dream for me. I hope in four years I come back for the gold medal", said Feuz.
The first two starters in the race, Peter Fill and Mauro Caviezel, failed to complete the course, as did 11 additional competitors. Spectators and athletes alike were greeted by sunny, blue skies throughout the competition.

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