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Slalom, Men

Date22 February 2018 — 10:15
StatusOlympic
LocationYongpyong Alpine Centre, Mountain Cluster, Daegwallyeong (Rainbow 1)
Participants106 from 65 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Course Setter (Run 1)Michael PircherAUT
Course Setter (Run 2)Stefano CostazzaITA
DetailsGates: 66 / 63
Length: ?
Start Altitude: 1,176 m / 1,169 m
Vertical Drop: 211 m / 204 m

The last individual men’s Alpine skiing event in PyeongChang was the slalom, as usual. The big favorite was Marcel Hirscher, who had already won the Alpine combined and giant slalom in PyeongChang. He had won four of the last five World Cup Crystal Globes in slalom (2012/13, 2013/14, 2015/16, and 2016/17) and was also in the lead in the seasonal slalom World Cup. He was also the 2017 World Champion. His primary challenger was Henrik Kristoffersen, who won the slalom World Cup in 2015/16 and was also in second place in the slalom World Cup. These two were also the silver (Hirscher) and bronze (Kristoffersen) medalists from Sochi, while the gold medalist from four years ago, Mario Matt, had since retired. The two city events held this winter, which counted for the slalom World Cup, were won by André Myhrer and Ramon Zenhäusern. Also considered medal contenders were Michael Matt and Daniel Yule, who had had good seasonal performances.

Kristoffersen, bib #4, took the lead with a great run and when Hirscher started just behind him with bib #5 everyone expected an exciting battle, but Hirscher’s run ended after 22 seconds when he missed a gate. It was the first time in two years that he did not finish a slalom, since February 2016 in Naeba, Japan. The first run ended with Myhrer in second place only 0.21 seconds behind Kristoffersen and the surprise Victor Muffat-Jeandet in third. The first nine finishers up to Zenhäusern were within a second.

In the second run Matt, coming from 12th position, set the fastest run time and took the lead until Zenhäusern took the course, finishing only 0.01 seconds slower in this run, and topping the ranking 0.33 seconds ahead of Matt. In a thrilling race the Frenchmen Clément Noël, Alexis Pinturault, and also Muffat-Jeandet, all placed only a blink behind Matt. Myhrer, who was in second after the first run as in Sochi, when he went out in the second run, but this time he did much better and took the lead. So all eyes were on Kristoffersen, but he went out in 11 seconds, missing a gate like Hirscher, leaving gold for Myhrer.

After Mario Matt became the oldest ever slalom Olympic champion in Sochi, Myhrer set a new age record to become the oldest slalom gold medalist in Olympic history aged 35-042, only nine days younger than Aksel Lund Svindal in his downhill win seven days before. The silver for Zenhäusern was the Switzerland’s first Olympic medal in men’s slalom since Edy Reinalter won gold back in 1948.

With Michael Matt winning bronze, he continued the family tradition, after his brothers Andreas (silver in Vancouver) and Mario (gold in Sochi) had won medals at the previous Games to give the Matt family a full set of medals. The gold medal was the second for Sweden, after Ingemar Stenmark’s win in 1980, and, as Frida Hansdotter won gold six days earlier in the women’s slalom, both slalom golds went to Sweden. This was the second time in history a nation was able to win both slalom titles at the Olympics after Marielle Goitschel and Jean-Claude Killy respectively did so for France in 1968. Myhrer won the race using Head skis, while Zenhäusern and Matt both skied Rossignol.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
17André MyhrerSWE1:38.9947.93 (2)51.06 (8)Gold
215Ramon ZenhäusernSUI1:39.3348.66 (9)50.67 (2)Silver
36Michael MattAUT1:39.6649.00 (12)50.66 (1)Bronze
424Clément NoëlFRA1:39.7048.58 (7)51.12 (10)
510Alexis PinturaultFRA1:39.7248.54 (6)51.18 (11)
616Victor Muffat-JeandetFRA1:39.7548.34 (3)51.41 (=14)
735Kristoffer JakobsenSWE1:39.9448.74 (10)51.20 (12)
81Daniel YuleSUI1:40.1248.88 (11)51.24 (13)
913Dave RydingGBR1:40.1649.09 (13)51.07 (9)
108Sebastian Foss SolevågNOR1:40.1848.53 (5)51.65 (20)
119Marco SchwarzAUT1:40.1948.62 (8)51.57 (19)
122Manfred MölggITA1:40.2448.40 (4)51.84 (23)
1320Leif Kristian Nestvold-HaugenNOR1:40.3149.27 (=14)51.04 (7)
1422Loïc MeillardSUI1:40.3249.63 (19)50.69 (3)
1512Manuel FellerAUT1:40.3849.35 (16)51.03 (6)
163Stefano GrossITA1:40.7149.27 (=14)51.44 (16)
1721Aleksandr KhoroshilovROC1:40.7349.72 (21)51.01 (5)
1826David ChodounskyUSA1:40.8449.43 (17)51.41 (=14)
1911Mattias HarginSWE1:41.2249.71 (20)51.51 (18)
2017Fritz DopferGER1:41.2749.79 (22)51.48 (17)
2144Istok RodešCRO1:41.4149.60 (18)51.81 (22)
2232Phil BrownCAN1:41.9450.22 (26)51.72 (21)
2341Elias KolegaCRO1:42.1251.18 (29)50.94 (4)
2429Adam ŽampaSVK1:42.2749.91 (24)52.36 (26)
2549Marco PfiffnerLIE1:43.3151.09 (28)52.22 (24)
2651Laurie TaylorGBR1:43.4151.08 (27)52.33 (25)
2733Jeong Dong-HyeonKOR1:45.0751.79 (31)53.28 (28)
2874Iason AbramashviliGEO1:47.6952.69 (35)55.00 (29)
2925Erik ReadCAN1:48.5549.81 (23)58.74 (34)
3081Márton KékesiHUN1:49.0553.49 (38)55.56 (30)
3131Mark EngelUSA1:49.3156.18 (43)53.13 (27)
3278Simón Breitfuss KammerlanderBOL1:50.4254.66 (40)55.76 (31)
3385Yury DanilachkinBLR1:52.1555.42 (41)56.73 (32)
3461Mohammad KiyadarbandsariIRI1:52.6955.66 (42)57.03 (33)
3557Andreas ŽampaSVK1:53.5854.15 (39)59.43 (36)
3695Erjon TolaALB1:57.0658.00 (45)59.06 (35)
3789Michael PoettozCOL1:57.4657.46 (44)1:00.00 (37)
3894Arthur HansePOR1:58.6158.26 (46)1:00.35 (38)
39103Albin TahiriKOS2:02.931:00.80 (48)1:02.13 (39)
4098Yevgeny TimofeyevKGZ2:03.931:01.56 (49)1:02.37 (40)
4188Andrej DrukarovLTU2:07.1759.40 (47)1:07.77 (42)
42100Ashot KarapetyanARM2:08.081:02.47 (50)1:05.61 (41)
43108Choe Myong-GwangPRK2:22.811:09.42 (51)1:13.39 (43)
DNF4Henrik KristoffersenNOR47.72 (1)– (DNF)
DNF27Naoki YuasaJPN52.89 (36)– (DNF)
DNF34Trevor PhilpCAN49.95 (25)– (DNF)
DNF37Nolan KasperUSA52.44 (34)– (DNF)
DNF40Joaquim SalarichESP52.07 (33)– (DNF)
DNF45Matej FalatSVK51.86 (32)– (DNF)
DNF53Michał JasiczekPOL51.64 (30)– (DNF)
DNF54Sam MaesBEL52.90 (37)– (DNF)
DNF107Kang Song-IlPRK1:11.43 (52)– (DNF)
DNF5Marcel HirscherAUT– (DNF)
DNF14Luca AerniSUI– (DNF)
DNF18Jonathan NordbottenNOR– (DNF)
DNF19Jean-Baptiste GrangeFRA– (DNF)
DNF23Linus StraßerGER– (DNF)
DNF28Štefan HadalinSLO– (DNF)
DNF30Matej VidovićCRO– (DNF)
DNF36Riccardo TonettiITA– (DNF)
DNF38Juan Del CampoESP– (DNF)
DNF39Kamen ZlatkovBUL– (DNF)
DNF42Žan KranjecSLO– (DNF)
DNF43Dalibor ŠamšalHUN– (DNF)
DNF46Alex VinatzerITA– (DNF)
DNF47Albert PopovBUL– (DNF)
DNF48Filip ZubčićCRO– (DNF)
DNF50Ondřej BerndtCZE– (DNF)
DNF52Kristaps ZvejnieksLAT– (DNF)
DNF55Adam BarwoodNZL– (DNF)
DNF56Kai AlaertsBEL– (DNF)
DNF58Emir LokmićBIH– (DNF)
DNF59Willis FeaseyNZL– (DNF)
DNF60Filip ForejtekCZE– (DNF)
DNF62Ioannis AntoniouGRE– (DNF)
DNF63Jan ZabystřanCZE– (DNF)
DNF64Ivan KuznetsovROC– (DNF)
DNF65Itamar BiranISR– (DNF)
DNF66Dominic DemscharAUS– (DNF)
DNF67Marko VukićevićSRB– (DNF)
DNF68Patrick BrachnerAZE– (DNF)
DNF69Eldar SalihovićMNE– (DNF)
DNF71Alexandru BarbuROU– (DNF)
DNF72Antonio RistevskiMKD– (DNF)
DNF73Marko StevovićSRB– (DNF)
DNF75Tormis LaineEST– (DNF)
DNF76Adam LamhamediMAR– (DNF)
DNF77Kim Dong-WuKOR– (DNF)
DNF79Kai HorwitzCHI– (DNF)
DNF80Igor ZakurdayevKAZ– (DNF)
DNF82Michel MacedoBRA– (DNF)
DNF83Adam KotzmannCZE– (DNF)
DNF84Casper DyrbyeDEN– (DNF)
DNF86Matthieu OschLUX– (DNF)
DNF87Serdar DenizTUR– (DNF)
DNF90Rodolfo DicksonMEX– (DNF)
DNF91Ivan KovbasniukUKR– (DNF)
DNF92Dinos LefkaritisCYP– (DNF)
DNF96Connor WilsonRSA– (DNF)
DNF97Komiljon TukhtaevUZB– (DNF)
DNF99Alessandro MariottiSMR– (DNF)
DNF101Shannon-Ogbani AbedaERI– (DNF)
DNF102Jeffrey WebbMAS– (DNF)
DNF104Yohan Goutt GonçalvesTLS– (DNF)
DNF105Allen BehlokLBN– (DNF)
DNF106Muhammad KarimPAK– (DNF)
DNS70Sturla Snær SnorrasonISL– (DNS)
DNS93Nicola ZanonTHA– (DNS)