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Austria’s Mayer makes Olympic alpine ski history with super-g gold

Austrian Matthias Mayer became the first male alpine skier to win gold at three straight Olympics when he topped the men's super-g at the Beijing Games on Tuesday.

Yanqing, China, 8 February 2022 (dpa/MIA) — Austrian Matthias Mayer became the first male alpine skier to win gold at three straight Olympics when he topped the men’s super-g at the Beijing Games on Tuesday.

The day after securing a downhill bronze, Mayer moved to the top of the podium when he beat America’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Norwegian star Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in Yanqing.

Meyer also won super-g gold 2018 in Pyeongchang, and downhill gold 2014 in Sochi.

“That’s such a big success, I can’t imagine right now,” he said, looking at the record of getting gold at three Games in a row.

“I tried to push hard, really hard. I saw Kilde’s run on TV at the start and it was really good, so I knew that I had to go all-in. I tried to push hard to the last gate, and it was good.”

“It was a super ride, I am very satisfied. I took many risks today. I rarely do that in World Cup races. But at the Olympics only that one race counts.”

Kilde set the early pace the day after having to settle for fifth in the downhill before Mayer, skiing six bibs later, clocked 1 minutes 19.94 which turned out to be the winning time.

But he got a big scare when Cochran-Siegle, the son of 1972 slalom Olympic champion Barbara Ann Cochran, skiing right after him, missed the top by a mere four-hundredths.

Kilde was four-tenths off the pace but happy with his first big-event medal although he was unable to give Norway a fifth straight super-g gold.

“Third place is like a victory,” the Norwegian told ORF. “It was liberating when I reached the finish. I was the favorite, there was a lot of pressure and I was nervous all week. Now I know it also works with pressure.

“Matthias Mayer was brutally fast, and so was Ryan.”

Austrian world champion Vincent Kriechmayr finished fifth while the Swiss pair of Monday’s downhill gold medalist Beat Feuz and overall World Cup leader Marco Odermatt crashed out.

“It’s the Olympic Games, just the medal counts so maybe you are taking a little bit more risk than usual. In the World Cup usually fourth, fifth place are some important points, here it counts for nothing,” Odermatt said.

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