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Christie medal wait goes on but it’s gold at last for Hirscher

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Christie medal wait goes on but it’s gold at last for Hirscher

The Scot’s bid for Games short-track success goes on but the six-time world champion Austrian skier ended his gold medal wait.

Great Britain’s Elise Christie suffered further Olympics disappointment on a day when Austria’s Marcel Hirscher ended his wait for gold with victory in the men’s combined.

Christie, world champion short-track speedskater over 1000metres and 1,500m, crashed in the women’s 500m final.

The 27-year-old Scot’s Games agony goes on after her triple disqualification in Sochi four years ago.

Italy’s Arianna Fontana took gold, Holland’s Yara van Kerkhof silver and Canada’s Kim Boudin was upgraded to a surprise bronze.

Hirscher has six world titles and 55 World Cup wins, but had just one Olympic medal from two prior Games, with slalom silver in 2014.

The 28-year-old was triumphant at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, placing seventh in the downhill, before overhauling his 1.32 seconds deficit in his favoured slalom event to win by 0.23secs.

Alexis Pinturault took silver and fellow Frenchman Victor Muffat-Jeandet bronze.

“I’m super-happy because now this stupid question is gone away,” Hirscher said.

“If I’m thinking that my career is perfect without a gold medal, now this question is zzz, deleted.”

Hirscher is an established talent and Chloe Kim a new one, after the 17-year-old Californian of South Korean descent claimed snowboard halfpipe gold.

Kim, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Seoul in 1982, scored 98.25 – 1.75 short of perfect – for her third and final run to clinch gold.

China’s Liu Jiayu was second with a best score of 89.75 and Arielle Gold took bronze with 85.75.

Kim’s USA team-mate Shaun White led the way in qualifying for the men’s equivalent with 98.50.

Australia’s Scotty James scored 96.75 and Ayumu Hirano of Japan, who scored 95.25. The final takes place on Wednesday.

Canada won the mixed doubles curling, beating Switzerland 10-3 in the final. The Olympic Athletes of Russia pair took bronze.

The men’s 1,500m long-track speed-skating event was won by Kjeld Nuis of Holland, with his team-mate Patrick Roest second.

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson won the women’s cross-country skiing sprint classic, with Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo winning the equivalent men’s event.

The women’s luge was won by Natalie Geisenberger of Germany.

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