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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
Venue 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 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 KhoroshilovOAR1:40.7349.72 (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)
2733Jung 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)
3894Artur 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)
AC4Henrik KristoffersenNOR47.72 (1)– (AC)DNF
AC27Naoki YuasaJPN52.89 (36)– (AC)DNF
AC34Trevor PhilpCAN49.95 (25)– (AC)DNF
AC37Nolan KasperUSA52.44 (34)– (AC)DNF
AC40Joaquim SalarichESP52.07 (33)– (AC)DNF
AC45Matej FalatSVK51.86 (32)– (AC)DNF
AC53Michał JasiczekPOL51.64 (30)– (AC)DNF
AC54Sam MaesBEL52.90 (37)– (AC)DNF
AC107Kang Song-IlPRK1:11.43 (52)– (AC)DNF
AC5Marcel HirscherAUT– (AC)DNF
AC14Luca AerniSUI– (AC)DNF
AC18Jonathan NordbottenNOR– (AC)DNF
AC19Jean-Baptiste GrangeFRA– (AC)DNF
AC23Linus StraßerGER– (AC)DNF
AC28Štefan HadalinSLO– (AC)DNF
AC30Matej VidovićCRO– (AC)DNF
AC36Riccardo TonettiITA– (AC)DNF
AC38Juan Del CampoESP– (AC)DNF
AC39Kamen ZlatkovBUL– (AC)DNF
AC42Žan KranjecSLO– (AC)DNF
AC43Dalibor ŠamšalHUN– (AC)DNF
AC46Alex VinatzerITA– (AC)DNF
AC47Albert PopovBUL– (AC)DNF
AC48Filip ZubčićCRO– (AC)DNF
AC50Ondřej BerndtCZE– (AC)DNF
AC52Kristaps ZvejnieksLAT– (AC)DNF
AC55Adam BarwoodNZL– (AC)DNF
AC56Kai AlaertsBEL– (AC)DNF
AC58Emir LokmićBIH– (AC)DNF
AC59Willis FeaseyNZL– (AC)DNF
AC60Filip ForejtekCZE– (AC)DNF
AC62Ioannis AntoniouGRE– (AC)DNF
AC63Jan ZabystřanCZE– (AC)DNF
AC64Ivan KuznetsovOAR– (AC)DNF
AC65Itamar BiranISR– (AC)DNF
AC66Dominic DemscharAUS– (AC)DNF
AC67Marko VukićevićSRB– (AC)DNF
AC68Patrick BrachnerAZE– (AC)DNF
AC69Eldar SalihovićMNE– (AC)DNF
AC71Alexandru BarbuROU– (AC)DNF
AC72Antonio RistevskiMKD– (AC)DNF
AC73Marko StevovićSRB– (AC)DNF
AC75Tormis LaineEST– (AC)DNF
AC76Adam LamhamediMAR– (AC)DNF
AC77Kim Dong-WooKOR– (AC)DNF
AC79Kai HorwitzCHI– (AC)DNF
AC80Igor ZakurdayevKAZ– (AC)DNF
AC82Michel MacedoBRA– (AC)DNF
AC83Adam KotzmannCZE– (AC)DNF
AC84Casper DyrbyeDEN– (AC)DNF
AC86Matthieu OschLUX– (AC)DNF
AC87Serdar DenizTUR– (AC)DNF
AC90Rodolfo Dicksom-SommersMEX– (AC)DNF
AC91Ivan KovbasnyukUKR– (AC)DNF
AC92Dinos LefkaritisCYP– (AC)DNF
AC96Connor WilsonRSA– (AC)DNF
AC97Komiljon TukhtaevUZB– (AC)DNF
AC99Alessandro MariottiSMR– (AC)DNF
AC101Shannon-Ogbani AbedaERI– (AC)DNF
AC102Jeffrey WebbMAS– (AC)DNF
AC104Yohan Goutt GonçalvesTLS– (AC)DNF
AC105Allen BehlokLBN– (AC)DNF
AC106Muhammad KarimPAK– (AC)DNF
DNS70Sturla Snær SnorrasonISL– (DNS)
DNS93Nicola ZanonTHA– (DNS)