Alpine skiing: Jansrud strikes gold as Miller medals

Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:09am EST
 
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By Alan Baldwin

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Kjetil Jansrud gave Norway a record-equaling fourth straight win in the men's super-G at the Sochi Games on Sunday, while a tearful Bode Miller shared bronze to become the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing medalist at 36.

Andrew Weibrecht, starting 29th with all the favorites gone, used a pair of U.S. team mate Miller's skis to go one better than his third-place finish in Vancouver and win a surprise silver.

Canada's Jan Hudec finished with the exact same time as Miller, one minute 18.67 seconds, in the second Alpine race of the Games to see a tie for a medal. The women's downhill had two golds awarded on Wednesday.

"At the start I told myself that I have had a nice Olympics so far but that more was still possible," said Jansrud, who won a bronze in last Sunday's downhill.

If Norwegian gold had looked assured after the first 25 had skied, Weibrecht produced a late scare with Miller giving useful feedback about the course.

"When Andrew came down he scared me," laughed the Norwegian. "It was a little too exciting. My legs were like jelly there for a second but I knew I had finished very strong."

Jansrud's triumph was Norway's fourth in a row in the discipline dating back to 2002 - equaling Austria's men's record of four successive slalom titles between 1952 and 1964.

Now-retired Kjetil Andre Aamodt began the sequence in Salt Lake City and repeated the feat in Turin in 2006 to become the oldest Alpine Olympic champion and medalist at the age of 34 years and 169 days.   Continued...

 
Norway's Kjetil Jansrud reacts in the finish area after competing in the men's alpine skiing Super-G competition during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Cente February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar