Winter Olympics 2018: Brilliant Hirscher claims second Pyeongchang gold

Marcel Hirscher put in a stunning giant slalom performance in Pyeongchang on Sunday to clinch another Winter Olympics gold medal by a massive 1.27 seconds from Henrik Kristoffersen.

Hirscher has made a habit of getting the better of Kristoffersen this season, beating the Norwegian into second on seven occasions across slalom and giant slalom.

And his latest win - achieved with a total time of two minutes and 18.04 seconds - earned Hirscher his second gold of the Games at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre, after he also won the combined event.

Austrian Hirscher, who has won 55 World Cup races and dominated men's alpine skiing in recent years, had managed one slalom silver from two previous Olympic appearances.

"It was not so easy to be the absolute favourite, sitting up there as the leader from the first run, knowing that Henrik ripped it," Hirscher said. 

"I had no choice, I knew I had to give 100 per cent and go into this battle. At the moment, I'm pumped.

"There's always a small surprise in it if you cross the finish line and everything is perfect. But the biggest challenge for today was to find the right set-up in these very aggressive, dry conditions.

"We European athletes are definitely not used to this snow. So I was very thankful to make the right decisions about the set-up."

France's Alexis Pinturault (+1.31secs) completed the podium on a challenging day that saw 24 skiers fail to finish their first run, including Kjetil Jansrud.

 

What a day!

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