| Event type

Team, Mixed

Date24 February 2018
LocationYongpyong Alpine Centre, Mountain Cluster, Daegwallyeong (Rainbow 2)
Participants65 from 16 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament
DetailsGates: 26
Length: ?
Start Altitude: 1,045 m
Vertical Drop: 80 m

For the first time since 1988 a new event was added to the Olympic Alpine skiing program with the mixed team event. The event was contested as a parallel slalom with one jump at halfway. Although named parallel slalom, giant slalom gates were used for this event and skiiers created a specific kind of cross-blocking technique, using both arms to knock down the gates.

Every round saw four duels with two women and two men racing each other head-to-head, with each winner scoring a point for the team. For a tied race both nations were awarded a point and, if both racers did not finish, the skier who progressed further was awarded a point. The most number of wins decided the team winner in a single-elimination tournament. If the score was 2-2 the better race times of one female and one male time would break the draw. If still equal the fastest run time of any skier was used as a tiebreaker, and the final tiebreaker was the current World Nations Cup standings. The lower-placed team in the Nations Cup had to announce their four racers first, so the higher-placed team had the advantage of deciding who would race against whom. Every team match started with a women’s race followed by the men, and every nation had to compete with a woman and a man on the red and the blue course, respectively.

The first team event, at that time known as a combined team event, was held at the 2005 World championships in Bormio and was won by Germany. The first team event as part of the Alpine skiing World Cup was held in March 2006 in Åre with Austria as the winner and, since then, a team event was regularly contested at the World Cup final. All these events did not use the parallel format as they were held as a kind of a combined event by just adding the times of Super G and slalom runs. The parallel format started in 2010 at the World Cup final and was won by the Czech Republic and in 2011 at the World Championships (winner France) with both competitions held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The last five Team Events contested as part of the World Cup were all won by Switzerland (Lenzerheide 2013/14, Méribel 2014/15 and St. Moritz 2015/16) and Sweden (Innsbruck 2013/14 and Aspen 2016/17), Austria became World Champion in 2015 and France won this event at the 2017 World Championship with Adeline Baud Mugnier, Nastasia Noens, Tessa Worley, Mathieu Faivre, Julien Lizeroux and Alexis Pinturault.

The qualification system for this event allowed the best 15 nations from the current overall World Nations Cup standings to compete with South Korea automatically qualified as the host nation. When Lichtenstein (11th), Croatia (15th), Serbia (17th), and Japan (18th) did not enter a team, the Czech Republic (16th) and Hungary (19th) were invited. There was no draw as the teams were seeded according to their Nations Cup position. Every team could enter three skiers of each gender and substitutions were allowed after every round. The event was not yet a priority for the skiers as Marcel Hirscher, Henrik Kristoffersen and Mikaela Shiffrin did not participate for their nations and Switzerland did not even enter six skiers.

The first round saw the elimination of the United States, seeded in fifth, when they lost to Great Britain by cumulated time after a 2-2 draw. France also had difficulty in advancing when they won by only 0.03 seconds against Canada. In the quarter-finals Austria eliminated Sweden with a 4-0 shutout, while Norway and Switzerland only won by aggregate time. After two clear wins by Austria and Switzerland in the semi-finals, the two arch-rivals met in the final.

Austria, who lost only one duel up to the final, was not able to challenge Switzerland in the final as both men did not finish their race. Switzerland won 3-1 to become the first ever Olympic mixed team event champion. Matt set the fastest overall time with 19.23 on the blue course in the quarter-finals against Sweden, while the second best time was raced on the red course by Zenhäusern with 19.33 against Germany in the same round. The best time for women was set by Holdener with 20.97 on the red course in the semi-finals against France, and Gallhuber raced the second fastest time with 21.04 on the blue course in the same duel as her compatriot Matt. The only substitution was made by Austria, when they replaced Marco Schwarz with Manuel Feller for the quarter-finals only, but all skiers entered by the teams received medals, including the non-starters.

Denise FeierabendWendy HoldenerLuca Aerni (DNS) 1Daniel YuleRamon Zenhäusern
Stephanie Brunner (DNS) 2Katharina GallhuberKatharina LiensbergerManuel FellerMichael MattMarco Schwarz
Nina Haver-LøsethKristin LysdahlMaren Skjøld (DNS) 3Sebastian Foss SolevågLeif Kristian Nestvold-HaugenJonathan Nordbotten (DNS) 4
Adeline Baud MugnierNastasia Noens (DNS)Tessa WorleyJulien Lizeroux (DNS)Clément NoëlAlexis Pinturault
=512Great BritainGBR
Charlie GuestAlex TilleyDave RydingLaurie Taylor
Lena DürrMarina WallnerFritz Dopfer (DNS)Alex SchmidLinus Straßer
Federica Brignone (DNS)Chiara CostazzaIrene CurtoniStefano Gross (DNS)Riccardo TonettiAlex Vinatzer
Frida HansdotterAnna Swenn-LarssonEmelie Wikström (DNS)Mattias HarginKristoffer Jakobsen (DNS)André Myhrer
Candace Crawford (DNS)Erin MielzynskiLaurence St-GermainPhil BrownTrevor PhilpErik Read (DNS)
=914Czech RepublicCZE
Gabriela CapováMartina DubovskáKateřina Pauláthová (DNS)Ondřej BerndtFilip ForejtekJan Zabystřan (DNS)
Szonja HozmannMariann Mimi MarótyMárton KékesiDalibor Šamšal
=916Republic of KoreaKOR
Kim So-HuiGang Yeong-SeoJeong Dong-HyeonKim Dong-Wu
=913Olympic Athletes from RussiaROC
Anastasiya SilantyevaYekaterina TkachenkoAleksandr KhoroshilovIvan Kuznetsov
Ana BucikMaruša Ferk (DNS)Tina RobnikŠtefan HadalinŽan Kranjec
Soňa Moravčíková (DNS)Veronika Velez-ZuzulováPetra VlhováMatej Falat (DNS)Adam ŽampaAndreas Žampa
=95United StatesUSA
Tricia ManganMegan McJamesAlice Merryweather (DNS)David ChodounskyMark Engel (DNS)Nolan Kasper

Round One

Date24 February 2018 — 11:00
Match #1 24 Feb 11:00Rainbow 2AustriaAUT4 – 0Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #2 24 Feb 11:06Rainbow 2SwedenSWE3 – 1SloveniaSLO
Match #3 24 Feb 11:11Rainbow 2Great BritainGBR2 – 2United StatesUSA
Match #4 24 Feb 11:17Rainbow 2NorwayNOR4 – 0Olympic Athletes from RussiaROC
Match #5 24 Feb 11:22Rainbow 2ItalyITA3 – 1Czech RepublicCZE
Match #6 24 Feb 11:28Rainbow 2FranceFRA2 – 2CanadaCAN
Match #7 24 Feb 11:33Rainbow 2GermanyGER2 – 2SlovakiaSVK
Match #8 24 Feb 11:39Rainbow 2SwitzerlandSUI4 – 0HungaryHUN


Date24 February 2018 — 11:45
Match #1 24 Feb 11:45Rainbow 2AustriaAUT4 – 0SwedenSWE
Match #2 24 Feb 11:51Rainbow 2NorwayNOR2 – 2Great BritainGBR
Match #3 24 Feb 11:56Rainbow 2FranceFRA3 – 1ItalyITA
Match #4 24 Feb 12:02Rainbow 2SwitzerlandSUI2 – 2GermanyGER


Date24 February 2018 — 12:10
Match #1 24 Feb 12:10Rainbow 2AustriaAUT3 – 1NorwayNOR
Match #2 24 Feb 12:19Rainbow 2SwitzerlandSUI3 – 1FranceFRA

Final Round

Date24 February 2018 — 12:28
Match 1/2 24 Feb 12:34Rainbow 2SwitzerlandSUI3 – 1AustriaAUT
Match 3/4 24 Feb 12:28Rainbow 2NorwayNOR2 – 2FranceFRA