Alpine Skiing

While Alpine Skiing is looking ahead to the Olympic debut of the Team Event on Saturday, the past week has been nothing short of excitement and big surprises.

Medallists

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Alpine combined men

Marcel Hirscher (AUT)

Alexis Pinturault (FRA)

Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA)

Downhill men

Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR)

Kjetil Jansrud (NOR)

Beat Feuz (SUI)

Super-G men

Matthias Mayer (AUT)

Beat Feuz (SUI)

Kjetil Jansrud (NOR)

Super-G ladies

Ester Ledecka (CZE)

Anna Veith (AUT)

Tina Weirather (LIE)

Slalom ladies

Frida Hansdotter (SWE)

Wendy Holdener (SUI)

Katharina Gallhuber (AUT)

Giant slalom men

Marcel Hirscher (AUT)

Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR)

Alexis Pinturault (FRA)

Giant slalom ladies

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)

Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR)

Federica Brignone (ITA)

Downhill ladies

Sofia Goggia (ITA)

Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR)

Lindsey Vonn (USA)

Biggest surprises

Double Snowboard World Champion Ester Ledecka produced one of the biggest surprises, and most amazing feats in the history of the Olympic Winter Games when she won gold in the Alpine Skiing super-G. Many had declared Austrian Anna Veith the winner, when Ledecka came down with a later bib to grab the gold by 0.01 seconds.

Ledecka is an accomplished alpine skier in the speed disciplines, but she is ranked number one in the Snowboard parallel event, as current FIS parallel overall World Cup Champion and is leading the parallel overall standings this season. She will also contest the Snowboard parallel event for an unprecedented doubling up.

She had never finished higher than 19th in a World Cup super-G previously, although showed her alpine speed credentials with 7th in the Lake Louise downhill in December.

The 22-year-old’s reaction in the finish area was priceless. Ledecka stood in disbelief believing there had to be a mistake with the timing until the cameraman told her that she was the winner.

Further surprises include Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR) who won silver in downhill adding to her unexpected silver in the giant slalom, when she became the first Norwegian lady since 1936 to take an Olympic medal. The 25-year-old had never finished higher than sixth on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill tour and was not expected to challenge the leaders.

She screamed in delight after her run, when she became the first Norwegian lady to win an Olympic downhill medal. Tina Weirather, her close friend who she bumped off the podium, was the first to congratulate her in true Olympic spirit. 

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Upcoming events

Thu, 22 Feb

Slalom men

10:00/13:30 local time

2:00/5:00 CET

Thu, 22 Feb

Alpine combined ladies

11:30/15:00 local time

3:30/7:00 CET

Sat, 24 Feb

Team event

11:00 local time

3:00 CET