| Event type

Slalom, Men

Date22 February 2014
LocationGornolyzhniy Tsenter Rosa Khutor, Mountain Cluster, Krasnaya Polyana
Participants115 from 61 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Course Setter (Run 1)Albert DoppelhoferGER
Course Setter (Run 2)Ante KostelićCRO
Venue detailsGates: 60 / 67
Length: ?
Start Altitude: 1160 m
Vertical Drop: 200 m

The last of all Alpine skiing events held in Sochi was the men’s slalom which took place as scheduled on Saturday, 22 February. The piste was located between the men’s and women’s speed course within the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. The start was at an altitude of 1,160 metres and the run ended as all other Alpine skiing events in the same finishing area. The first run started in the late afternoon with cloudy weather, with spring-like temperatures between 7 (start) and 10 (finish) degrees, while the second run was held as a night-race under floodlights with a clear sky and temperatures still between 5 and 6 degrees. The snow was a main factor in this race. A lot of salt was scattered as it was necessary to firm up the snow surface, which was softened by high temperatures. But this refroze the surface causing problems as it soon become weak again and turned into slush.

The season underway saw seven World Cup slaloms held with only Marcel Hirscher (Levi and Adelboden) and Felix Neureuther (Bormio and Kitzbühel) winning twice. The other races were won by Mario Matt (Val d’Isère), Alexis Pinturault (Wengen), and Henrik Kristoffersen, who won the last World Cup slalom prior to the Games in Schladming. The current standings saw Hirscher in the lead followed by Neureuther and Kristoffersen. Hirscher also won the slalom World title in 2013 and the slalom World Cup of the last season 2012/13. Neureuther placed second both times, but his condition was uncertain after a car accident in Germany a week earlier, which caused a whiplash injury. Also considered to be strong were Jean-Baptiste Grange (World champion in 2011) and the Swedes André Myhrer (slalom World Cup winner 2011-12) and Mattias Hargin.

Going first on the fresh snow Myhrer (SWE) set the target time of 47.15. His compatriot, Hargin, was next to go and he too set a good time of 47.45. Third skier down, Matt (AUT), was to set the fastest time of the first run in 46.70. None of the other skiers was able to better any of these times, although Stefano Gross (ITA), starting 17th, managed to equal the time of Hargin for joint third place.

The second run was, like the slalom part of the Super Combined six days earlier, set by Ivica Kostelić’s father Ante. He, not for the first time, created an unusual and controversial course. Ted Ligety called it “borderline unsportsmanlike”, but as always, Kostelić answered that the top skiers also had to be smart and they should be able to race this run. With the top 30 going in reverse order the second run produced all the drama, with the early leader being Kristoffersen (NOR), starting 1.79 seconds behind Matt in 15th place, posting a combined time of 1:42.67. This time was not challenged until Hirscher (AUT), ninth after the first run, put in a storming run of 54.14 to go into the lead with a combined time of 1:42.12. Remarkably the next four skiers, Pinturault (FRA), Neureuther (GER), Ligety (USA), and Grange (FRA) all failed to finish the course. Hargin’s second run contained mistakes and he couldn’t repeat his finish of the first run, eventually finishing down in joint seventh. Gross, for a while, threatened to get into the medals and his combined time of 1:42.72 was good enough to put him in joint third place at that stage. When Myhrer also failed to complete the course, it came down to Matt’s second run to determine the medals. His experience was to carry him through and, whilst only the sixth fastest run, came through with a combined time of 1:41.84 to take the final Alpine skiing gold medal of the Games. Adam Žampa (SVK), with a time of 53.94, skied the fastest second run but, having been 26th after the first run, was never in contention for a medal and finished sixth.

Matt, who turned 35 years of age in April 2014, became the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing champion ever, while bronze medalist Kristoffersen, only 19, became the ever youngest male Olympic Alpine skier on the podium. Matt, skiing on Blizzards, won the only Alpine skiing medal for them in Sochi, while silver was won on Atomic, and bronze on Rossignol. Finishing 43th and last in this race was French-born Yohan Gonçalves the first ever Winter Olympic competitor from Timor-Leste. Hubertus von Hohenlohe did not have the luck to finish the race when he struggled in the first run. It was only the second time he failed to finish in 15 Olympic events in six Olympic Winter Games over a period of 30 years. With his six participations he equalled the record for Alpine skiers held by Marco Büchel and became the oldest ever Alpine skiing competitor aged 55.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
13Mario MattAUT1:41.8446.70 (1)55.14 (6)Gold
24Marcel HirscherAUT1:42.1247.98 (9)54.14 (2)Silver
35Henrik KristoffersenNOR1:42.6748.49 (15)54.18 (3)Bronze
=417Stefano GrossITA1:42.7247.45 (=3)55.27 (7)
=49Fritz DopferGER1:42.7248.46 (14)54.26 (4)
630Adam ŽampaSVK1:43.2849.34 (26)53.94 (1)
=714Markus LarssonSWE1:43.6048.04 (10)55.56 (13)
=72Mattias HarginSWE1:43.6047.45 (=3)56.15 (16)
=927Sebastian Foss-SolevågNOR1:44.1149.08 (25)55.03 (5)
=98Ivica KostelićCRO1:44.1148.75 (21)55.36 (8)
1125Mitja ValenčičSLO1:44.1448.32 (11)55.82 (15)
1228Leif Kristian HaugenNOR1:44.2148.83 (23)55.38 (9)
1331Nolan KasperUSA1:44.2248.70 (18)55.52 (=10)
1424Aleksandr KhoroshilovRUS1:44.2348.71 (19)55.52 (=10)
1534Julien LizerouxFRA1:44.3248.69 (17)55.63 (14)
1626Mike JanykCAN1:44.3648.82 (22)55.54 (12)
1735Dave RydingGBR1:45.9149.40 (27)56.51 (17)
1839Dalibor ŠamšalCRO1:48.9950.71 (36)58.28 (18)
1937Ramon ZenhäusernSUI1:49.4051.01 (39)58.39 (19)
2038Phil BrownCAN1:49.6549.97 (34)59.68 (20)
2169Alexandru BarbuROU1:52.6652.82 (44)59.84 (21)
2268Iason AbramashviliGEO1:53.3752.59 (43)1:00.78 (23)
2352Michał JasiczekPOL1:53.4852.88 (45)1:00.60 (22)
2471Marco PfiffnerLIE1:55.4853.46 (47)1:02.02 (26)
2563Adam BarwoodNZL1:56.1854.21 (50)1:01.97 (25)
2675Trace SmithEST1:57.2855.08 (54)1:02.20 (27)
2790Mārtiņš OnskulisLAT1:57.6056.16 (61)1:01.44 (24)
2851Matej VidovićCRO1:57.8151.74 (42)1:06.07 (33)
2984Antonio RistevskiMKD1:58.4455.38 (56)1:03.06 (28)
3078Mohammad KiyadarbandsariIRI1:58.8755.09 (55)1:03.78 (29)
3183Hossein Saveh ShemshakiIRI1:59.3655.46 (57)1:03.90 (30)
3280Alex PuenteESP1:59.4553.73 (48)1:05.72 (32)
3353Pavel TrikhichevRUS1:59.7951.63 (41)1:08.16 (38)
3491Arman SerebrakyanARM2:00.5755.90 (60)1:04.67 (31)
3595Kostas SykarasGRE2:04.0857.83 (64)1:06.25 (34)
3672Brynjar GuðmundssonISL2:04.5756.85 (62)1:07.72 (37)
37100Massimiliano ValcareggiGRE2:05.7258.97 (68)1:06.75 (35)
38106Tarik HadžićMNE2:07.941:00.95 (71)1:06.99 (36)
39108Artyom VoronovUZB2:10.961:00.42 (70)1:10.54 (40)
40107Conor LyneIRL2:13.291:03.58 (74)1:09.71 (39)
41110Yevgeny TimofeyevKGZ2:15.431:02.47 (73)1:12.96 (41)
42111Alex MohbatLBN2:21.791:03.77 (75)1:18.02 (42)
43117Yohan Goutt GonçalvesTLS2:30.891:09.01 (77)1:21.88 (43)
AC1André MyhrerSWE47.15 (2)– (AC)DNF
AC12Jean-Baptiste GrangeFRA47.47 (5)– (AC)DNF
AC16Ted LigetyUSA47.56 (6)– (AC)DNF
AC7Felix NeureutherGER47.57 (7)– (AC)DNF
AC10Alexis PinturaultFRA47.78 (8)– (AC)DNF
AC15Manfred MölggITA48.38 (=12)– (AC)DNF
AC22Giuliano RazzoliITA48.50 (16)– (AC)DNF
AC19Naoki YuasaJPN48.74 (20)– (AC)DNF
AC32Akira SasakiJPN49.54 (28)– (AC)DNF
AC42Trevor PhilpCAN49.55 (=29)– (AC)DNF
AC36Santeri PaloniemiFIN49.57 (31)– (AC)DNF
AC40Kryštof KrýzlCZE49.63 (32)– (AC)DNF
AC44Justin MurisierSUI49.92 (33)– (AC)DNF
AC46Natko Zrnčić-DimCRO50.64 (35)– (AC)DNF
AC41Stefan LuitzGER50.79 (37)– (AC)DNF
AC47Filip TrejbalCZE50.80 (38)– (AC)DNF
AC59Nikola ChongarovBUL51.12 (40)– (AC)DNF
AC67Sebastiano GastaldiARG53.24 (46)– (AC)DNF
AC58Einar KristgeirssonISL54.04 (49)– (AC)DNF
AC87Adam LamhamediMAR54.47 (51)– (AC)DNF
AC73Igor LaikertBIH54.68 (52)– (AC)DNF
AC74Mateusz GarniewiczPOL54.93 (53)– (AC)DNF
AC94Norbert FarkasHUN55.68 (58)– (AC)DNF
AC77Olivier JenotMON55.89 (59)– (AC)DNF
AC93Eugenio ClaroCHI57.08 (63)– (AC)DNF
AC109Manfred OettlPER58.36 (65)– (AC)DNF
AC92Dominic DemscharAUS58.52 (66)– (AC)DNF
AC82Andreas ŽampaSVK58.65 (67)– (AC)DNF
AC114Dow TraversCAY1:07.03 (76)– (AC)DNF
AC29Daniel YuleSUI48.38 (=12)56.07 (AC)DQ1
AC23Axel BäckSWE49.02 (24)1:03.27 (AC)DQ2
AC33Brad SpenceCAN49.55 (=29)55.62 (AC)DQ3
AC97Jhonatan LonghiBRA59.24 (69)1:08.40 (AC)DQ4
AC102Dmytro MytsakUKR1:01.57 (72)1:09.86 (AC)DQ5
AC6Patrick ThalerITA– (AC)DNF
AC11Reinfried HerbstAUT– (AC)DNF
AC13Benjamin RaichAUT– (AC)DNF
AC18Steve MissillierFRA– (AC)DNF
AC20David ChodounskyUSA– (AC)DNF
AC21Luca AerniSUI– (AC)DNF
AC43Jeong Dong-HyeonKOR– (AC)DNF
AC45Sergey MaytakovRUS– (AC)DNF
AC49Kristaps ZvejnieksLAT– (AC)DNF
AC50Stefan PrisadovBUL– (AC)DNF
AC54Georgi GeorgievBUL– (AC)DNF
AC55Žan KranjecSLO– (AC)DNF
AC56Stepan ZuyevRUS– (AC)DNF
AC57Cristian Simari BirknerARG– (AC)DNF
AC60Gyeong Seong-HyeonKOR– (AC)DNF
AC61Matej FalatSVK– (AC)DNF
AC62Ross PeraudoAUS– (AC)DNF
AC64Pol CarrerasESP– (AC)DNF
AC65Patrick BrachnerAZE– (AC)DNF
AC66Klemen KosiSLO– (AC)DNF
AC70Maciej BydlińskiPOL– (AC)DNF
AC76Park Je-YunKOR– (AC)DNF
AC79Emre ŞimşekTUR– (AC)DNF
AC81Martin VráblíkCZE– (AC)DNF
AC85Jorge BirknerARG– (AC)DNF
AC86Aleksi BenianidzeGEO– (AC)DNF
AC88Marko VukićevićSRB– (AC)DNF
AC89Marko RudićBIH– (AC)DNF
AC96Arthur HansePOR– (AC)DNF
AC98Roberts RodeLAT– (AC)DNF
AC101Yury DanilachkinBLR– (AC)DNF
AC103Zhang YuxinCHN– (AC)DNF
AC104Rokas ZaveckasLTU– (AC)DNF
AC105Konstantinos PapamichaelCYP– (AC)DNF
AC112Luke SteynZIM– (AC)DNF
AC113Hubertus von HohenloheMEX– (AC)DNF
AC115Alisher QudratovTJK– (AC)DNF
AC116Kanet SucharitakulTHA– (AC)DNF
DNS48Ondřej BankCZE– (DNS)
DNS99Erjon TolaALB– (DNS)