Heading into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, there were significant expectations regarding Austria's Marcel Hirscher. The dominant favorite in the men's slalom and giant slalom, there was a belief by many that Hirscher had a strong chance for a third Olympic gold in the men's alpine combined when you consider the fact that the event benefits technical specialists.
On Feb. 13, Hirscher did not disappoint. He posted the fastest slalom time of the competition with a time of 45.96 seconds and had the fastest overall time of two minutes, 6.52 seconds for the first gold medal of his career. The top American was two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, who finished a very respectable fifth place.
On Feb. 15, two competitions took place as events were rescheduled because of the high winds. When the race took place, Aksel Lund Svindal made Norwegian skiing history. He became the first Norwegian skier ever to win a gold medal in the men's downhill. Five times a Norwegian has won the silver medal in the men's downhill, but never gold. Svindal also became the oldest alpine skiing Olympic gold medalist. At 35 years of age, Svindal is three months older than Mario Matt of Austria when he won a gold medal in the men's slalom at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The top American in the men's downhill was Bryce Bennett in 16th place.
In the women's giant slalom, Mikela Shiffrin of the United States captured gold for her second career gold medal. The dominant favorite in the women's slalom, Shiffrin trailed Manuela Moelgg of Italy by two-tenths of a second after the first run, but Moelgg struggled mightily in the second run, as she only posted the 23rd fastest time and dropped from first to eighth.
In the women's slalom, the result was a major surprise as Shiffrin, the overwhelming favorite finished fourth, eight one-hundredths of a second back of bronze medalist Katharina Gallhuber of Austria. Shiffrin was the reigning Olympic champion, World Cup champion and world champion, and considered to be the United States's best chance for Olympic gold.
In the men's super giant slalom, Matthias Mayer of Austria won his second career Olympic gold medal after winning the men's downhill at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Mayer was competing with a hip injury he suffered while colliding with a cameraman during the alpine combined. Matthias Mayer's father Helmut won a silver medal in the men's super giant slalom at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. The top American was Ryan Cochran-Siegle in 14th place.
There was a major surprise in the women's super giant slalom on Feb. 17. Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, who has won two world championship gold medals in her career in snowboarding, won a gold medal in alpine skiing. Remarkably, Ledecka is unable to participate in the women's downhill because it conflicts with her snowboarding commitments. Ledecka won the first gold medal for the Czech Republic at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and bronze medalist Tina Weirather won the first medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games for Liechtenstein. The top American was Lindsey Vonn in sixth place. Ledecka won the gold medal by the slimmest of margins-- one-hundredth of a second over Anna Veith of Austria.
In men's giant slalom, Hirscher won his second gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang following his gold medal in the alpine combined on Feb. 13. He dominated the field as beat the silver medalist, Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway by 1.27 seconds. The top American was Ryan Cochran-Siegle in 11th place.
In the women's downhill, American ski star Lindsey Vonn won her first Olympic medal in eight years. Vonn won the bronze medal by 0.16 seconds over Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Sofia Goggia of Italy won the gold medal and became the first Italian ever to be an Olympic champion in the women's downhill. Ragnhild Mowinckel became the first Norwegian to ever win an Olympic medal in the women's downhill and won her second medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang as she also won silver in the women's giant slalom.
In the men's slalom, Hirscher was the heavy favorite. He won the World Cup title five of the last six years in men's slalom, won the World Championship in men's slalom in 2013 and 2017, and at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang won gold in the men's alpine combined and giant slalom. However, just like the men's slalom event at the 2015 World Alpine Skiing Championships in Beaver Creek, Colo., Hirscher failed to finish the men's slalom event at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The gold medalist was the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist and 2012 World Cup champion Andre Myhrer of Sweden. It was Sweden's second gold medal in alpine skiing as Myhrer followed in the footsteps of Frida Hansdotter who won the gold medal in women's slalom. It was the first time ever that Sweden won both slalom events at the same Olympic Winter Games. The top American was David Chodounsky in 18th place.
In the women's alpine combined, Michelle Gisin of Switzerland won the gold medal. She followed in the footsteps of her older sister Dominique who won the gold medal in the women's downhill for Switzerland at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States settled for silver. For Shiffrin, it was her third career Olympic medal after winning gold in the women's slalom at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and gold in the women's giant slalom at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
For the first time ever there was a mixed team event in alpine skiing at the Olympic Winter Games. It was fitting that the two alpine skiing superpowers of Austria and Switzerland were in the final. In the four-run race, it was Switzerland that took gold as they won three of the four races. Both Austrian men's racers did not post a time as Michael Matt was disqualified and Marco Schwarz did not finish. The United States did not have their best team available and lost to Great Britain in the round of 16. AXS Sports successfully predicted a medal for Austria.
Here are all the winners in the alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympics 2018:
(results will be posted after every event)
Men's Alpine Combined:
GOLD: Marcel Hirscher (Austria) 2:06.52
SILVER: Alexis Pinturault (France) 2:06.75
BRONZE: Victor Muffat-Jeandet (France) 2:07.54
GOLD: Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) 1:40.25
SILVER: Kjetil Jansrud (Norway) 1:40.37
BRONZE: Beat Feuz (Switzerland) 1:40.43
Women's Giant Slalom:
GOLD: Mikaela Shiffrin (United States) 2:20.02
SILVER: Ragnhild Mowinckel (Norway) 2:20.41
BRONZE: Federica Brignone (Italy) 2:20.48
GOLD: Frida Hansdotter (Sweden) 1:38.63
SILVER: Wendy Holdener (Switzerland) 1:38.68
BRONZE: Katharina Gallhuber (Austria) 1:38.95
Men's Super Giant Slalom:
GOLD: Matthias Mayer (Austria) 1:24.44
SILVER: Beat Feuz (Switzerland) 1:24.57
BRONZE: Kjetil Jansrud (Norway) 1:24.62
Women's Super Giant Slalom:
GOLD: Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic) 1:21.11
SILVER: Anna Veith (Austria) 1:21.12
BRONZE: Tina Wierather (Liechtenstein) 1:21.22
Men's Giant Slalom:
GOLD: Marcel Hirscher (Austria) 2:18.04
SILVER: Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway) 2:19.31
BRONZE: Alexis Pinturault (France) 2:19.35
GOLD: Sofia Goggia (Italy) 1:39.22
SILVER: Ragnhild Mowinckel (Norway) 1:39.31
BRONZE: Lindsey Vonn (United States) 1:39.69
GOLD: Andre Myhrer (Sweden) 1:38.99
SILVER: Ramon Zenhausern (Switzerland) 1:39.33
BRONZE: Michael Matt (Austria) 1:39.66
Women's Alpine Combined:
GOLD: Michelle Gisin (Switzerland) 2:20.90
SILVER: Mikaela Shiffrin (United States) 2:21.87
BRONZE: Wendy Holdener (Switzerland) 2:22.34
Mixed Team Event: