Norway's Jansrud wins upset for super-G gold
By Sim Sim Wissgott ,AFP
February 17, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia -- Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud caused a sensational upset in the demanding men's super-G on Sunday, pipping Olympic favorites including U.S. ski star Bode Miller for the gold.
The 28-year-old Norwegian, who won downhill bronze exactly a week ago, mastered the challenging course in a time of 1 minute 18.14 seconds.
Miller's teammate Andrew Weibrecht, super-G bronze medalist in Vancouver, went one better from four years ago, taking silver at 0.30 seconds.
Canada's Jan Hudec was a surprise joint third with Miller at 0.53 seconds.
Miller, who has now won six Olympic medals, long looked the likely winner. The U.S. skier had been desperately chasing a medal after finishing eighth in the downhill and sixth in the super-combined at the Sochi Games.
On Sunday, he took every risk on the course, leading after the first intermediate time and keeping that pace right to the finish.
But Jansrud left no doubt gold belonged to him with a dominant performance that put him fully half a second ahead of the U.S. star.
Hudec and Weibrecht — who has not had any major podiums since Vancouver — then slotted in for a shock podium with two bronze medalists after a dead heat.
“I made mistakes and the snow is really difficult. It just peels away from you. I tried to build pressure on the first couple of turns but it's really steep up there,” Miller said after his run.
“Coming off the first pitch I thought I was in good shape but the snow is so soft.”