PyeongChang 2018 men's slalom + ladies' alpine combined preview
PYEONGCHANG – Marcel HIRSCHER (AUT) can become the sixth man to win the slalom-giant slalom double at a single Olympic Winter Games when he competes in the men's slalom on Thursday 22 February at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.
- On Sunday 18 February HIRSCHER won the men's giant slalom event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Five men have previously won the slalom and giant slalom at the same Winter Games: Benjamin RAICH (AUT) in 2006, Alberto TOMBA (ITA) in 1988, Ingemar STENMARK (SWE) in 1980, Jean-Claude KILLY (FRA) in 1968 and Toni SAILER (AUT) in 1956.
- Apart from his victory in the giant slalom, HIRSCHER also won the gold medal in men's alpine combined on Tuesday 13 February.
- HIRSCHER can join three alpine skiers on a record three gold medals at one Olympic Winter Games: SAILER in 1956, KILLY in 1968 and Janica KOSTELIC (CRO) in 2002.
- HIRSCHER can also join SAILER, Felix GOTTWALD (AUT, Nordic combined) and Thomas MORGENSTERN (AUT, ski jumping) on a record three gold medals among Austrian athletes at the Summer Games and Winter Games.
- HIRSCHER could become the fourth alpine skier to win a gold medal in three different events at the Winter Games after SAILER, KILLY and KOSTELIC. However, Mikaela SHIFFRIN (USA) can also achieve this in the ladies' alpine combined on Thursday 22 February.
- HIRSCHER won the slalom world title in 2017 and can become the fourth reigning world champion to win the Olympic gold medal in this event, after Othmar SCHNEIDER (AUT) in 1952, STENMARK in 1980 and RAICH in 2006.
- HIRSCHER, Henrik KRISTOFFERSEN (NOR, bronze in 2014) and Andre MYHRER (SWE, bronze in 2010) can all join TOMBA (3), RAICH (2), Phil MAHRE (USA, 2) and Gustav THONI (ITA, 2) on multiple Olympic medals in the men's slalom.
- KRISTOFFERSEN won silver in the giant slalom event at PyeongChang 2018 and could become the second Norwegian alpine skier, male or female, to win a medal in the slalom and giant slalom at the same Winter Games, after Stein ERIKSEN in 1952.
- Michael MATT (AUT) can follow in the footsteps of his brothers Mario MATT and Andreas MATT in claiming a medal at the Olympic Winter Games. Mario won the men's slalom at Sochi 2014, while Andreas claimed silver in the freestyle men's ski cross at Vancouver 2010.
- MYHRER (35 years, 42 days old on the day of the race) and Manfred MOELGG (ITA, 35-264) can break the record for oldest Olympic medallist in the men's slalom, set by Mario MATT when he won in 2014 at 34-319.
- All previous 18 Olympic men's slalom gold medals have been won by 18 different alpine skiers.
Ladies’ Alpine Combined
Wendy HOLDENER (SUI) is hoping to add an Olympic gold medal to her world title in the ladies' alpine combined which will be held on Thursday 22 February at Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
- No previous medallists in a ladies' combination event at the Olympic Winter Games are participating in this event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
- HOLDENER won the ladies' alpine combined world title in 2017 and can become the fourth reigning world champion in a combination event to win the Olympic gold medal, after Christel CRANZ (GER) in 1936, Janica KOSTELIC (CRO) in 2006 and Maria HOFL-RIESCH (GER) in 2014.
- HOLDENER can join CRANZ, KOSTELIC, HOFL-RIESCH and Pernilla WIBERG (SWE) in claiming Olympic gold and a world title in a ladies' combination event.
- HOLDENER won a silver medal in the slalom event on Friday 16 February. She can become the first Swiss woman to win multiple alpine skiing medals at a single Winter Games since Vreni SCHNEIDER won three in 1994.
- Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) won Olympic gold in the slalom (2014) and giant slalom (2018). She could become the fourth alpine skier to win a gold medal in three different events at the Winter Games after Toni SAILER (AUT), Jean-Claude KILLY (FRA) and Janica KOSTELIC. However, Marcel HIRSCHER (AUT) can also achieve this in the men's slalom on Thursday 22 February.
- The only USA athletes to have won a medal in at least three different Alpine skiing events at the Winter Games are Julia MANCUSO (three events) and Bode MILLER (four events).
- With a win in this event, USA and Italy can become the first NOC to have won all five individual ladies' alpine skiing events at the Olympic Games.
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