Thursday, February 22, 2018
Michelle Gisin Wins Gold in Women's Alpine Combined
Swiss Michelle Gisin swept to gold in dominant fashion in the ladies’ Alpine combined event at Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
Gisin was third fastest in the downhill leg of the competition and was quick enough in her slalom run to hold of the challenge of American Mikaela Shiffrin to secure gold. She clocked a combined two minutes 20.90 seconds for the two runs, to celebrate a convincing win and the first major gold medal of her career following her silver medal in the Alpine combined at the World Championships last year.
The 24-year-old’s victory meant another celebration for the GISIN family after Michelle’s older sister Dominque GISIN who was watching as a TV commentator had won gold in ladies' downhill at Sochi 2014.
Michelle Gisin said her sister Dominique's downhill triumph at Sochi four years ago had inspired her.
"Dominique’s gold will forever be the biggest thing", said Gisin. "She made me believe that you can grab the stars and that's what I did today".
Gisin could hardly credit that she had defeated the two pre-event favorites, silver medallist Mikaela Shiffrin, who finished 0.97 seconds behind, and her Swiss compatriot Wendy Holdener), who was 1.44 seconds adrift.
Both celebrated winning their second medals of PyeongChang 2018 after Shiffrin had taken gold in the giant slalom and world Alpine combined champion Holdener silver in the slalom.