Hirscher claims the missing gold medal
Six times Overall winner Marcel Hirscher won pretty much everything that you can win in alpine skiing, and today he grabbed that one missing trophy: an Olympic Gold Medal. Today, his dream came true and the Austrian can finally call himself an Olympic Champion. The strong French team earned the two other spots on the podium, placing Alexis Pinturault and Victor Muffat-Jeandet as a silver and bronze medallist.
Marcel Hirscher (AUT) became the fifth man to win an Olympic and world title in a men's combination event on Tuesday 13 February at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. After a very strong downhill run, where he was only +1.32 behind the Kitzbuehel winner Thomas Dressen, Hirscher laid down one of his impressive slalom runs to take the win.
- HIRSCHER joined Kjetil Andre AAMODT (NOR), Bode MILLER (USA), Ted LIGETY (USA) and Lasse KJUS (NOR) as the men with an Olympic title and world title in a men's combination event. HIRSCHER won his world title in 2015.
- HIRSCHER won his first gold medal at the Winter Games, after winning six world titles, 55 World Cup races and 14 World Cup crystal globes.
- HIRSCHER ended Austria's longest gold medal drought in a men's Alpine skiing event at the Winter Games, winning the NOC's first Olympic title in a men's combination event since Mario REITER won on 13 February 1998.
- It was Austria's third win in this event at the Olympic Winter Games, surpassing Norway and United States for the most.
- Silver medallist Alexis PINTURAULT (FRA) and bronze medallist Victor MUFFAT-JEANDET (FRA) became the first Frenchmen on the podium in a men's combination event at the Winter Games in 70 years. Henri OREILLER (gold) and James COUTTET (bronze) achieved this in 1948.