Marcel Hirscher of Austria Grabs Elusive Gold Medal

Asked how often he had been questioned about whether he would ever win at the Olympics, Hirscher answered, “I mean, every day, but now it’s over.”

Hirscher’s victory came on a windblown day when he unexpectedly finished in 12th place in the morning downhill portion, which is not his strength. His specialty is the slalom and giant slalom events. But the gusting conditions had forced officials to shorten the downhill course, which benefited Hirscher because the downhill specialists did not have as long a distance to build a bigger lead on those that are more accomplished at slalom.

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“I have my big gold medal,” Hirscher said on Tuesday.

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