Paul Bussi-USA TODAY Sports
Men's slalom favourite Marcel Hirscher left the door open for after the first run, and his Austrian teammate Mario Matt walked through it.
After finishing ninth in the first run, Hirscher laid down a strong second run, moving up into second place as tough conditions wreaked havoc on the leaders in the late stages of the race.
Mario Matt was able to hang on, parlaying a lead of 45-hundredths of a second after his first run into a gold medal performance with a time of one minute, 41.84 seconds on Saturday at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.
Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway moved up from 15th places to claim the bronze.
After finishing 16th in his first run, defending gold medalist Giuliano Razzoli of Italy crashed on his second run, ending the competition with a DNF.
In sixth place after the first run, Ted Ligety of the U.S. didn't make it down the mountain the second time, finishing with a DNF. Teammate Nolan Kasper finished the two runs in a time of 1:44.22, good for 13th place, while David Chodounsky didn't complete his first run.
Gold: Mario Matt - Austria - 1:41.84
Silver: Marcel Hirscher - Austria - 1:42.12
Bronze: Henrik Kristoffersen - Norway - 1:42.67
Update by Carol Schram
Austrian Marcel Hirscher enters this competition as a heavy favorite. He is a dominant figure in World Cup action and aims to add another medal to his nation's hefty 2014 haul.
Ted Ligety could cement his status as an Olympic icon. The American earned a historic gold medal in the giant slalom earlier in the week.
Germany's Felix Neureuther is a consistent World Cup contender but remains in search of Olympic glory. He figures to contend for gold, along with Ivica Kostelic. The Croatian collected silver at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Gold: Marcel Hirscher, Austria
Silver: Ivan Kostelic, Croatia
Bronze: Felix Neureuther, Germany