There’s no doubt that Austria’s Marcel Hirscher is something special. It’s hard to believe that with everything Hirscher has accomplished in his career before the Olympics started, the Austrian had no Olympic gold medals to his name. Now, he has two.

It was another near-perfect day for ski racing for the men’s giant slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Center with blue skies, sunshine, and Colorado-like hero snow on course. Hirscher took the win with authority, besting Norwegian rival Henrik Kristoffersen by 1.27 seconds in second and Frenchman Alexis Pinturault by 1.31 seconds in third. Hirscher’s victory made him the first Austrian since Benjamin Raich at Torino 2006 to win two gold medals in one Olympics.

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Winning for Hirscher this season has become almost automatic, with otherworldly skiing and huge winning margins the norm. In most races he is a part of, the real race is for second place.

“Wow,” Hirscher shared after the race. “It was not so easy to be the absolute favorite in this discipline, then sitting up there as the leader from the first run knowing that Henrik ripped it. I had no choice, I knew I have to give 100% and I have to go into this battle.”

Hirscher now has two Olympic golds to his name. Image Credit: GEPA Pictures/Christian Walgram

Dealing with Olympic pressure can be crippling for some athletes, especially ones that have expectations as high as an athlete like Hirscher or American Mikaela Shiffrin. Shiffrin delivered one gold and slipped to fourth going for her second. Hirscher, on the other hand, looked cool as a cucumber in both the alpine combined and the GS on Sunday.

“Mentally, it is nothing different between a World Cup race,” he explained. “If you’re fighting for the overall World Cup title, in each race there’s an end game. So that means no room for any mistakes, no room for did-not-finish results. So I’m kind of used to being mentally strong. I am happy, but at the moment, I’m pumped!”

Kristoffersen was able to shake off a first run where he, in the words of his father, “skied like a junior,” and leapfrogged from a pedestrian 10th place after the first run to a silver medal thanks to the fastest second run time and some determined skiing on the steep pitch approaching the finish where other racers found themselves backing off.

“I was disappointed after the first run,” he said. “It’s no big secret. But great second run, so I’m very happy. It was a little disappointing that I didn’t do better in the first run so I could kind of give Marcel a little bit of a fight because at the moment, it’s not a fight. He’s just beating by everybody by a lot. Today I won the silver medal. I didn’t lose the gold today because the gold was partly already a given before the first run so I’m really happy.”

France’s Pinturault also set a record of his own in the GS. Pinturault is now only the third Frenchman to win multiple Olympic medals in a single event. Pinturault was also the bronze medalist in the GS at Sochi 2014.

“I’m really, really happy about what I made and very proud to share this podium with Henrik and Marcel,” said Pinturault. “I think it was a really great fight. Marcel was for sure the leader today. He was the only one. Then behind him, we made a really big fight with Henrik and Zan (Kranjec) to be on the podium all together. It’s a dream that is coming true. You’re always coming to the Olympics to get something. Of course, you are dreaming about the gold but gold is not always easy to get.”

Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the way for the Americans in 11th. Image Credit: HEPA Pictures/Christian Walgram

Fastest American honors went to Vermonter Ryan Cochran-Siegle who blitzed the second run, setting the third-fastest time and jumping up 10 places in the standings to finish in 11th place. The 25-year-old’s mother, Sapporo 1972 slalom gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran, also gave him a little pre-Games advice that he took to heart before the second run.

“I’m excited,” he said in the finish. “I definitely turned out a really god run so I can be confident about that. Coming down with the green light was something special that’s never happened to me before so I’m just thrilled right now. My mom said to take in the moment. I was just trying to focus on my best performance, just trying to ski my best and thinking about that and visualizing that in the start.”

Defending GS gold medalist Ted Ligety finished a disappointing 15th in what will likely be his last Olympic appearance. Tommy Ford finished in 20th and Tim Jitloff did not finish his first run.

The men will now race slalom on Feb. 22.


Top 10

  1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  3. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head/Head/Head
  4. Zan Kranjec (SLO) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  5. Thomas Fanara (FRA) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  6. Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  7. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) – Head/Head/Head
  8. Leif Christian Nestvold-Haugen (NOR) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  9. Loic Meillard (SUI) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  10. Matts Olsson (SWE) – Head/Head/Head

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 5 53831HIRSCHER Marcel1989AUT 1:08.27 1:09.77 2:18.04 0.00
 2 7 422304KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik1994NOR 1:09.58 1:09.73 2:19.31 +1.27 9.02
 3 1 194364PINTURAULT Alexis1991FRA 1:08.90 1:10.45 2:19.35 +1.31 9.30
 4 12 561244KRANJEC Zan1992SLO 1:09.52 1:10.25 2:19.77 +1.73 12.28
 5 11 191750FANARA Thomas1981FRA 1:09.22 1:10.61 2:19.83 +1.79 12.71
 6 10 193967MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor1989FRA 1:09.44 1:10.41 2:19.85 +1.81 12.85
 7 3 194495FAIVRE Mathieu1992FRA 1:09.06 1:10.93 2:19.99 +1.95 13.84
 8 13 421669NESTVOLD-HAUGEN Leif Kristian1987NOR 1:08.93 1:11.30 2:20.23 +2.19 15.55
 9 17 512182MEILLARD Loic1996SUI 1:09.77 1:10.68 2:20.45 +2.41 17.11
 10 2 501324OLSSON Matts1988SWE 1:09.31 1:11.39 2:20.70 +2.66 18.88
 11 27 103729READ Erik1991CAN 1:10.18 1:10.56 2:20.74 +2.70 19.17
 11 36 6530319COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan1992USA 1:10.75 1:09.99 2:20.74 +2.70 19.17
 13 14 292491MOELGG Manfred1982ITA 1:10.03 1:11.01 2:21.04 +3.00 21.30
 14 15 292967EISATH Florian1984ITA 1:10.46 1:10.72 2:21.18 +3.14 22.29
 15 9 534562LIGETY Ted1984USA 1:10.71 1:10.54 2:21.25 +3.21 22.79
 15 19 511852CAVIEZEL Gino1992SUI 1:09.99 1:11.26 2:21.25 +3.21 22.79
 17 32 180666TORSTI Samu1991FIN 1:10.93 1:10.44 2:21.37 +3.33 23.64
 18 28 103865PHILP Trevor1992CAN 1:11.13 1:10.38 2:21.51 +3.47 24.63
 19 54 511983AERNI Luca1993SUI 1:11.40 1:10.22 2:21.62 +3.58 25.42
 20 22 531799FORD Tommy1989USA 1:11.43 1:10.20 2:21.63 +3.59 25.49
 21 42 561322HADALIN Stefan1995SLO 1:11.53 1:10.13 2:21.66 +3.62 25.70
 22 30 202451STRASSER Linus1992GER 1:11.54 1:10.13 2:21.67 +3.63 25.77
 23 21 501017MYHRER Andre1983SWE 1:09.60 1:12.09 2:21.69 +3.65 25.91
 24 20 380335ZUBCIC Filip1993CRO 1:10.95 1:10.89 2:21.84 +3.80 26.98
 25 33 700830ZAMPA Adam1990SVK 1:11.40 1:10.46 2:21.86 +3.82 27.12
 26 24 202462DOPFER Fritz1987GER 1:10.69 1:11.38 2:22.07 +4.03 28.61
 27 35 103676BROWN Phil1991CAN 1:11.30 1:11.25 2:22.55 +4.51 32.02
 28 43 92720POPOV Albert1997BUL 1:12.39 1:11.21 2:23.60 +5.56 39.47
 29 41 104531CRAWFORD James1997CAN 1:11.74 1:12.38 2:24.12 +6.08 43.16
 30 47 303097ISHII Tomoya1989JPN 1:12.43 1:12.35 2:24.78 +6.74 47.85
 31 63 151215FOREJTEK Filip1997CZE 1:12.91 1:13.16 2:26.07 +8.03 57.01
 32 49 60261MAES Sam1998BEL 1:13.29 1:12.91 2:26.20 +8.16 57.93
 33 40 40523DEMSCHAR Dominic1993AUS 1:13.21 1:13.54 2:26.75 +8.71 61.84
 34 38 410365BARWOOD Adam1992NZL 1:13.41 1:13.81 2:27.22 +9.18 65.17
 35 55 550054ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps1992LAT 1:13.81 1:14.46 2:28.27 +10.23 72.63
 36 34 410364FEASEY Willis1992NZL 1:14.48 1:13.80 2:28.28 +10.24 72.70
 37 57 380377KOLEGA Samuel1999CRO 1:14.61 1:14.13 2:28.74 +10.70 75.96
 38 68 370022JENOT Olivier1988MON 1:14.93 1:14.16 2:29.09 +11.05 78.45
 39 73 320391KIM Dong Woo1995KOR 1:14.49 1:15.56 2:30.05 +12.01 85.26
 40 79 390044LAINE Tormis2000EST 1:15.70 1:15.18 2:30.88 +12.84 91.16
 41 71 310426VUKICEVIC Marko1992SRB 1:14.64 1:16.71 2:31.35 +13.31 94.49
 42 80 240139KEKESI Marton1995HUN 1:16.64 1:15.22 2:31.86 +13.82 98.11
 43 70 54106BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon1992BOL 1:16.27 1:15.98 2:32.25 +14.21 100.88
 44 62 380290SAMSAL Dalibor1985HUN 1:16.09 1:16.79 2:32.88 +14.84 105.35
 45 77 310421STEVOVIC Marko1996SRB 1:17.42 1:15.79 2:33.21 +15.17 107.70
 46 78 230651ANTONIOU Ioannis1995GRE 1:17.38 1:15.92 2:33.30 +15.26 108.34
 47 90 800013TOLA Erjon1986ALB 1:16.86 1:16.77 2:33.63 +15.59 110.68
 48 81 540026DICKSON SOMMERS Rodolfo Roberto1997MEX 1:17.02 1:16.67 2:33.69 +15.65 111.11
 49 84 280034BIRAN Itamar1998ISR 1:17.52 1:16.19 2:33.71 +15.67 111.25
 50 65 700868FALAT Matej1993SVK 1:14.99 1:19.79 2:34.78 +16.74 118.84
 51 75 670037ZAKURDAEV Igor1987KAZ 1:18.78 1:16.29 2:35.07 +17.03 120.90
 52 91 210040TUKHTAEV Komiljon1997UZB 1:17.72 1:18.27 2:35.99 +17.95 127.43
 53 60 790025LAMHAMEDI Adam1995MAR 1:18.50 1:17.54 2:36.04 +18.00 127.79
 54 88 660021DANILOCHKIN Yuri1991BLR 1:19.45 1:17.44 2:36.89 +18.85 133.82
 55 82 460060BARBU Alexandru1987ROU 1:19.74 1:17.40 2:37.14 +19.10 135.60
 56 96 942023TAHIRI Albin1989KOS 1:19.49 1:17.98 2:37.47 +19.43 137.94
 57 98 690694KOVBASNYUK Ivan1993UKR 1:20.41 1:17.26 2:37.67 +19.63 139.36
 58 89 260110KIYADARBANDSARI Mohammad1989IRI 1:19.11 1:18.61 2:37.72 +19.68 139.72
 59 86 780023DRUKAROV Andrej1999LTU 1:19.98 1:18.21 2:38.19 +20.15 143.05
 60 76 170151DYRBYE NAESTED Casper1996DEN 1:20.33 1:18.01 2:38.34 +20.30 144.12
 61 97 959600ABEDA Shannon1996ERI 1:19.86 1:20.01 2:39.87 +21.83 154.98
 62 95 360046OSCH Matthieu1999LUX 1:21.45 1:18.94 2:40.39 +22.35 158.67
 63 92 770015TIMOFEEV Evgeniy1994KGZ 1:20.90 1:20.13 2:41.03 +22.99 163.22
 64 83 310438SALIHOVIC Eldar1999MNE 1:20.51 1:20.72 2:41.23 +23.19 164.63
 65 101 450030MARIOTTI Alessandro1998SMR 1:21.66 1:21.21 2:42.87 +24.83 176.28
 66 99 194752HANSE Arthur1993POR 1:22.43 1:21.52 2:43.95 +25.91 183.95
 67 93 520170DENIZ Serdar1997TUR 1:23.45 1:20.78 2:44.23 +26.19 185.93
 68 108 6532104WEBB Jeffrey1998MAS 1:23.83 1:23.84 2:47.67 +29.63 210.35
 69 102 120057ZHANG Yangming1994CHN 1:25.73 1:22.95 2:48.68 +30.64 217.53
 70 104 610003MILLER Asa2000PHI 1:27.52 1:22.43 2:49.95 +31.91 226.54
 71 103 340440BEHLOK Allen1998LBN 1:26.70 1:25.43 2:52.13 +34.09 242.02
 72 106 820030KARIM Muhammad1995PAK 1:27.53 1:26.51 2:54.04 +36.00 255.58
 73 105 140013FLAHERTY Charles2000PUR 1:28.50 1:27.55 2:56.05 +38.01 269.85
 74 110 330016KANG Song Il1994PRK 1:32.03 1:29.99 3:02.02 +43.98 312.23
 75 109 330014CHOE Myong Gwang1990PRK 1:38.67 1:33.34 3:12.01 +53.97 383.15
Did not finish 1st run
 6 511896MURISIER Justin1992SUI
 16 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR
 23 202597SCHMID Alexander1994GER
 26 534959JITLOFF Tim1985USA
 31 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR
 37 53889HIRSCHBUEHL Christian1990AUT
 45 561310HROBAT Miha1995SLO
 48 481730KUZNETSOV Ivan1996RUS
 50 30266GASTALDI Sebastiano1991ARG
 52 320266JUNG Donghyun1988KOR
 53 150743BERNDT Ondrej1988CZE
 56 151024KOTZMANN Adam1993CZE
 59 561255CATER Martin1992SLO
 61 250353SNORRASON Sturla Snaer1994ISL
 64 151238ZABYSTRAN Jan1998CZE
 67 80077MACEDO Michel1998BRA
 72 680041ABRAMASHVILI Iason1988GEO
 87 750088RISTEVSKI Antonio1989MKD
 94 6292024ZANON Nicola1996THA
 100 160097LEFKARITIS Dinos1995CYP
 107 570019WILSON Connor1996RSA
Disqualified 1st run
 4 54063FELLER Manuel1992AUT
 8 990116DE ALIPRANDINI Luca1990ITA
 44 40577LAIDLAW Harry1996AUS
Did not start 1st run
 85 430633JASICZEK Michal1994POL