Winter Olympics 2018: Hirscher heroics, curling controversy


Marcel Hirscher asserted his superiority in men's Alpine skiing by winning the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics on Sunday - a second gold medal of the Games for the Austrian.

Hirscher arrived in Pyeongchang having never previously won Olympic gold, despite being the dominant force in the FIS World Cup over recent years.

His victory came by a convincing margin, but it was all about small margins in the curling arena.

Great Britain had their final stone voided in controversial circumstances against Sweden, losing 8-6 to dent their hopes of progression.

Meanwhile, there was a heart-warming family story in the men's aerials.



Fresh from his gold medal in the combined event, Hirscher added a second title to his name with a dominant performance in the giant slalom.

Austrian Hirscher - winner of 55 World Cup races - finished 1.27 seconds ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen, with Alexis Pinturault taking bronze.

"Gold in the combined was a big surprise," he said. "Today a lot of people, especially the media, hope and expect that I [would] win another gold medal.

"Never expect something in professional sport. But my confidence and speed were high."

Hirscher had managed one slalom silver from two previous Olympic appearances.



Sunday's clash between Great Britain and Sweden in the women's curling reached a controversial conclusion.

With the game in an extra end at 6-6, British skip Eve Muirhead was deemed not to have released her final stone before the hogline, rendering it void.

Video replays suggested no offence had been committed, but officials appeared to base their decision on the testing of the green- and red-light technology within the stone itself which had originally flagged up the foul.

The testing indicated no defect in the stone, so the decision stood and Sweden stepped up to wrap up the win with their final stone.

"It was the first stone I've probably ever hogged in my life," Muirhead told BBC Sport. "There's nothing we can do. We have to move on.

"I don't know [whether it did cross the line]. If I did, I'd be out there telling them. When something like that happens, it makes it very tough to take and it's gutting it finished that way."



Ukraine's Oleksandr Abramenko won gold in the men's aerials freestyle skiing but the bigger story was arguably among the spectators.

The father and step-mother of Swiss athlete Mischa Gasser cycled 10,000 miles - taking more than a year - to watch their son, who failed to reach the final.

"My dad is crazy," said Gasser. "But he was a sky diver as well at a young age.

"It [a love of high-octane sports] comes from somewhere, I don't know where. [Aerials is] just what I have to do."

Gasser's mother caught a plane to South Korea...