It’s been a day of surprises at PyeongChang as Marcel Hirscher and Lindsey Vonn crash out of the Men’s Slalom and Women’s Alpine combined.
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This morning’s Men’s Slalom delivered more than its fair share of surprises as the seemingly infallible Marcel Hirscher crashed out of the very first run (his first slalom disqualification in two years) leaving the field wide open. All eyes were on his rival, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, who topped the timesheet after the first run. But then he skied out of the second run, with victory eventually going to Sweden’s Andre Myhrer with Ramon Zenhaeusern (Switzerland) claiming silver and Michael Matt (Austria) bronze. The course saw over half the field crash out yet our home-grown talents, Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor (who made his Olympic debut today), completed both their runs to finish in 9th and 26th overall.
Galvanised by his top ten result, the 31-year-old Ryding is already turning his focus to the Tokyo 2022 Games:
“Myhrer is 35, and the last winner, Mario Matt, was also 35 and at the next Olympics I’m 35 so I’ll try to keep that trend going. I came to it really late so I’m still warming up.”
For true dedication to slalom, check out the footage of South Africa’s Connor Wilson, who fell over and herringboned his way back up the piste to start off from where he fell, only to crash out again a few gates further down.
There were more surprises in the Women’s Alpine Combined race when Lindsey Vonn recorded the fastest downhill time but crashed out of her slalom run. The pretender to her throne, Mikaela Shiffrin, bagged the silver medal but gold went to Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin and bronze to Gisin’s compatriot, Wendy Holdener. Gisin got a bit totes emosh afterwards:
“I’m really looking forward to coming home [Engelberg]. I miss home, I miss the cheese, the chocolate, let’s go home.”
We feel your pain Michelle – we also miss Engelberg, and the cheese & chocolate!
It was also looking like there’d be upset in the Men’s Ski Halfpipe final when defending Olympic champion David Wise (USA) scored nil points on his first two runs, crashing out of both due to faulty bindings. With nothing to lose, he cranked up the bindings and pulled out a monster final run. Becoming the first man to complete four double corks in a single run, he delivered a gold medal winning score of 97.20. Now that’s putting down a serious run.
Looking ahead, Emily Sarsfield will be competing in the gruelling Women’s Ski Cross finals tomorrow morning. The elimination races kick off at 01.00 GMT with Emily due up at 01:20 GMT. And, although Team GB’s men’s curling team are out, our ladies are storming ahead and keeping our medal hopes alive. In what seem to be the longest-running Olympic heats ever (is it just us or does if feel like they’ve been scrubbing that ice since the Games began last weekend?), Eve Muirhead’s team play Sweden tomorrow (11.05 GMT) for a place in Sunday’s final.