Sweden and Austria take gold in the women's and men's Super Combined
PATSCHERKOFEL, Jan 15 - Magdalena FJAELLSTROEM (SWE) and Marco SCHWARZ (AUT) displayed their abilities in Super-G and Slalom to take Gold in the Women's and Men's Super Combined, respectively, at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games on Sunday.
FJAELLSTROEM won after coming second in the Super-G run with a time of 1 minute, 05.23 seconds, 0.49s behind Estelle ALPHAND (FRA), Gold medalist in the Super-G on Saturday.
But the Swedish skier sealed the victory in the Slalom run, concluding in 35.59 while ALPHAND, slowed down by a back pain, finished in 36.67 to secure Silver.
FJAELLSTROEM was enthusiastic about her medal, but not surprised. "You can always win," she said.
She was, however, disappointed with her Slalom display. "I don’t know why. It just did not feel too good," she said. "The Super-G [run] was better, but Slalom is my favorite."
FJAELLSTROEM, who turned 17 on Thursday, insists her Gold is only just the beginning. "My next race will be the Team competition," she said. "I am confident that I can win that as well."
ALPHAND lay in the snow at the end of the race, distraught that she had been unable to grab Gold.
Bronze medallist Adriana JELINKOVA (NED) displayed great consistency, coming third in the Super-G run in 1:05.54 and confirming her position in 36.67 in the Slalom run.
In the Men’s Super Combined, the Gold medal was up for grabs after Saturday's Super-G Gold medalist Adam LAMHAMEDI (MAR) crashed in the first run.
SCHWARZ (AUT) was in the lead after the Super-G run with a time of 1:03.32, followed by Miha HROBAT (SLO), and the pair maintained their positions to take Gold and Silver respectively.
"Winning is always a surprise, but I was very well prepared," SCHWARZ said. "I’ve dreamt about winning an Olympic Gold since I was young."
The Austrian said to achieve his dream in front of a home crowd was "an unbelievable feeling".
The Bronze medal went to Sandro SIMONET (SUI) after he completed a stunning comeback in the second run.
He was in ninth position after the Super-G run with a time of 1:04.33, but his Slalom time of 37.12, was the fastest of the day and earned him a podium place.
News Credit: YIS el/rm/lm
Photo Credit: IOC Young Reporter Photo by Iuliia Vynokurova