The men's super-G provided an exciting event as Kjetil Jansrud of Norway won the gold medal in one minute, 18.14 seconds.
The race was brought forward due to the warm weather conditions at the Games, per Christopher Elser from Bloomberg, as temperatures created slushy snow conditions.
Sochi 2014 race officials moved the event up by one hour after complaints from female athletes in the super-G, from the previous day.
As 37 percent of the women's field failed to finish, medalist Lara Gut was quoted by Elser as saying:
There is no snow at the bottom, it’s not funny any more. This is a disaster, it was a shame for everybody. I think the last part was a bit too much. Everybody was crashing around. I don’t know if this is the best way to show off our skiing. It’s not a race, you are just trying to come down.
Andrew Weibrecht from the USA claimed the silver medal in a time of 1:18.44.
The bronze was amazingly shared as Jan Hudec and Bode Miller both clocked a time of 1:18.67.
WSJ Asia tweeted the medal results:
Veteran American skier Miller became the oldest alpine medalist in history, after previously finishing out of the medals in his first two races in this Games, per Elser's article.
Joint bronze medalist Hudec became the first Canadian to win an alpine skiing medal for 20 years, as tweeted by National Post sports columnist Bruce Arthur:
The top 10 places were as follows, as provided by Sochi2014.com:
|Men's Super G Skiing Top 10|
|7||Aksel Lund Svindal||Norway||1:18.76|
|9||Ondrej Banks||Czech Republic||1:19.11|
The weather had been the biggest story before these games, with eventual bronze medalist Miller saying previously, per David Leon Moore of USA Today:
If by the luck of the draw you draw (bib number) 5, you're running 45 minutes to an hour before somebody who's ranked two points behind you who draws 29. In these conditions, the course really changes a lot in an hour.
Miller drew bib No. 13 at the top of the field, and this helped him in his quest for a podium position as he claimed his new Olympic record.
Charles Robinson from Yahoo! commented about Miller's achievement at these games:
Miller can now build toward the future after suffering some personal tragedy in recent times after the death of his brother, which Rob Hodgetts from BBC Sport outlines:
It's not so much about the skiing, it's about everything else. It's been a hard year. I feel really lucky to have come out with a medal. I skied hard but it wasn't about that - it came down to luck. I'm very fortunate. I'm just really happy to have got on the right side of the numbers.
The gold-medal win represented Jansrud's second podium finish of Sochi 2014 after securing bronze in the downhill.
His performance was inspired and he showed his skill levels in being able to handle the difficult conditions, whilst still delivering an excellent finishing time. He will go on to future Games to defend his title as he is still only 28 years old.
Jansrud is rightfully considered one of the truly elite skiers in the world right now, and he can go on and dominate his chosen disciplines for years to come. As the likes of Miller go down in history, the brilliance of Jansrud could still see his best days to come in the future as he possibly goes on to win more gold medals for Norway.
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