Mayer upsets for Austrian gold in PyeongChang super-G

16 February 2018 04:02
Matthias Mayer on his way to Olympic gold in super-G
Matthias Mayer on his way to Olympic gold in super-G -
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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. 

On the fast and open course set, downhill bronze medallist Beat Feuz of Switzerland upgraded his hardware for silver in the super-G. 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. 

The next men's race of these Olympic Winter Games is the giant slalom on Sunday 18 February with start times at 10:15 and 13:45 KST.


Matthias MAYER (AUT)

On leading:

"It was an awesome run. Now I have my second gold medal.

"It is most special."

On the course:

"It's always very tough especially when the races are in such short gap apart.

"We don't know the hills, that always makes us worry, especially in super-G because we only have little training and that makes this medal for me so special."


Beat FEUZ (SUI) 

On winning the silver medal (after getting a bronze in the downhill):

"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.

"It was a great race for me.

"The course was really tough, really fast. It's good for me also (in) downhill."