Surprise gold for Myhrer as favourites fade in men's slalom

Surprise gold for Myhrer as favourites fade in men's slalom

Surprise gold for Myhrer as favourites fade in men's slalom

He also follows Ingemar Stenmark, who won the slalom and giant slalom in 1980, as only the second Swedish man to claim an Olympic alpine skiing gold. Belarus' Yuri Danilochkin placed 33rd, BelTA informs. "I took a medal in Vancouver [2010 Olympic Winter Games], a bronze, but I've been always dreaming about the gold medal and now it's a reality and I'm totally blown away", Myhrer said. Silver went to Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland, 0.34 seconds back.

Hirscher, 28, failed to find his rhythm on a course set by his own coach, Michael Pircher, and eventually missed a gate to fail to even make the second run.

He was the favorite going into the first run of the men's slalom, but he lost control just after the start, and his skis left the ground.

Yuri Danilochkin of Belarus placed 33rd, 13.16 seconds behind the victor.

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"To be named alongside him is a great honour for me".

"She made me believe that you can grab the stars and that's what I did today".

Myhrer, who clocked a winning combined time of 1:38.99, was flattered to be talked about in the same breath as Stenmark.

The Austrian's combined score of 185.00 from her two best runs relegated slopestyle champion Anderson into silver with a 177.25 total, while New Zealand's Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took the bronze with a combined 157.50.

Pre-race favourite Marcel Hirscher dropped out following a bad mistake half-way through the first run that sent his skis flailing, while Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen blew his chance of victory after just a handful of turns on run two.

Wu, who in qualifying broke the previous record set by American John Celski in 2012, went 0.216 seconds faster in the final, with another South Korean, Lim Hyo-jun, taking the bronze medal.

The contest had been thrown wide open by Hirscher's shock failure in his favorite event as he chased his third gold medal of the Games. Shim was handed a penalty for impeding.

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