Friday was another perfect day for ski racing at the Jeongseon Alpine Center. No wind and good snow once again set the stage for an epic day of speed racing as the men went to battle for the Olympic super-G title.

Austria’s Matthias Mayer rebounded from a disappointing downhill performance to claim his second career Olympic gold medal, taking the super-G ahead of silver medalist Beat Feuz of Switzerland and bronze medalist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway. Mayer also won downhill gold in Sochi 2014.

“Today is an amazing day!” Mayer shared after the race. “I just made the second last gate and then I saw the green light. It is most special.”

Most special indeed. Austria had not won the Olympic men’s super-G since the great Hermann Maier accomplished the feat 20 years ago at Nagano 1998. In fact, Mayer and Maier are the only two Austrian men to win the Olympic super-G. To make Friday’s victory all the more special, Mayer’s father, Hemlut, was the silver medalist in super-G’s Olympic debut all the way back at Calgary 1988.

From left to right: Feuz, Mayer, and Jansrud. Image Credit: GEPA Pictures/Matic Klansek

Prior to Friday’s race, the Austrian speed team and Mayer himself did not have the success they were hoping for. On Monday, Mayer crashed and injured his hip after striking a drill left in the snow during the slalom portion of the alpine combined. In the downhill race, he only managed a ninth-place finish with his bruised hip and no other Austrians were close to the podium.

Mayer was the last of the Austrian starters in the super-G and no doubt felt the pressure of the entire ski-crazy nation on his shoulders. Navigating the tricky set that saw a number of the top racers fail to finish, Mayer managed to charge his way through the pain and pressure to claim Olympic gold once more.

“I wasn’t sure if I could start the downhill,” he admitted. “I was thinking to just concentrate on the super-G, but (the physios) made a really good job of fixing me. My hip is getting better. It’s still blue but it was good to ski today. I also want to thank my entire family. I can’t believe it. It is simply amazing that I captured again a gold medal.”

Feuz claimed silver after winning bronze in the downhill on Thursday. Although the Swiss has been the man to beat for much of this season in downhill, super-G has not been a strong suit for Feuz as of late with only one other podium to his name in the last two seasons.

“It was a great race for me,” said Feuz. “Second medal for these Olympic Games is really nice for me. That’s a dream for me. I hope in four years I come back for the gold medal. Yesterday was very special to win the bronze, but today to get the silver medal in a discipline where really I was nobody’s favorite, that was very special for me.”

The downhill’s silver medalist was Friday’s bronze medalist as the Norwegian Jansrud took his second medal in as many days. Although he was unable to defend his super-G gold from Sochi 2014 and keep the amazing streak of Norwegian super-G winners alive that stretched back to the Salt Lake 2002 Games when the great Kjetil Andre Aamodt took gold, Jansrud understood that the streak was bound to come to an end sooner or later.

“It’s a little special that you would keep that thing going and I think (today’s result) is more the normal way,” he said. “You try and sometimes you succeed and sometimes you don’t and I wished I skied a couple of tenths faster today, but also Matthias and Beat are worthy medal winners.”

The Norwegian streak of Olympic super-G golds has come to an end. Image Credit: GEPA Pictures/Andreas Pranter

“I didn’t feel very solid skiing down,” he added. “I think halfway through I skied good and then I started making a few mistakes, so coming out with a bronze medal is a very good day. That’s part of being an athlete. You want to aim for that gold and then you’re allowed to be a little bit disappointed right after the race, but then knowing in a few minutes you’ll also be very happy for the bronze because grabbing an Olympic medal, regardless, is a privilege and not something you can expect. It could have easily been fourth or fifth.”

The best American on the day was Ryan Cochran-Siegle in 14th. Jared Goldberg ended up in 24th and the other two Americans, Ted Ligety and defending silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht, did not see the finish.

On Saturday, the men will have a rest day and continue with giant slalom racing on Sunday.


Top 10

  1. Matthias Mayer (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
  2. Beat Feuz (SUI) – Head/Head/Head
  3. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  4. Blaise Giezendanner (FRA) – Head/Head/Head
  5. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  6. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  7. Dominik Paris (ITA) – Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  8. Andreas Sander (GER) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  9. Dustin Cook (CAN) – Head/Head/Head
  10. Bostjan Kline (SLO) – Stoeckli/Head

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  15  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:24.44  0.00
 2  16  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:24.57  +0.13  1.66
 3  7  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:24.62  +0.18  2.30
 4  10  194298 GIEZENDANNER Blaise 1991 FRA  1:24.82  +0.38  4.86
 5  9  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  1:24.93  +0.49  6.27
 6  3  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:25.13  +0.69  8.83
 7  17  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:25.18  +0.74  9.46
 8  12  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:25.21  +0.77  9.85
 9  4  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN  1:25.23  +0.79  10.10
 10  6  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO  1:25.36  +0.92  11.77
 11  5  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:25.40  +0.96  12.28
 12  20  202535 DRESSEN Thomas 1993 GER  1:25.51  +1.07  13.69
 13  11  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:25.71  +1.27  16.24
 14  21  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan 1992 USA  1:25.72  +1.28  16.37
 15  14  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:25.76  +1.32  16.88
 16  18  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:25.90  +1.46  18.67
 17  13  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:25.96  +1.52  19.44
 18  25  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:26.08  +1.64  20.98
 19  29  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA  1:26.10  +1.66  21.23
 20  32  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  1:26.11  +1.67  21.36
 21  28  512039 ROULIN Gilles 1994 SUI  1:26.20  +1.76  22.51
 22  26  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:26.39  +1.95  24.94
 23  33  104096 THOMPSON Broderick 1994 CAN  1:26.45  +2.01  25.71
 24  31  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:26.49  +2.05  26.22
 25  22  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:26.50  +2.06  26.35
 26  8  511638 TUMLER Thomas 1989 SUI  1:26.52  +2.08  26.60
 27  19  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:26.81  +2.37  30.31
 28  23  20398 VERDU Joan 1995 AND  1:26.86  +2.42  30.95
 29  35  380292 ZRNCIC DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:27.05  +2.61  33.38
 30  37  110324 VON APPEN Henrik 1994 CHI  1:27.57  +3.13  40.03
 31  42  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN  1:27.70  +3.26  41.70
 32  41  170131 FAARUP Christoffer 1992 DEN  1:27.81  +3.37  43.10
 33  45  20324 OLIVERAS Marc 1991 AND  1:27.84  +3.40  43.49
 34  54  151215 FOREJTEK Filip 1997 CZE  1:28.06  +3.62  46.30
 35  46  150743 BERNDT Ondrej 1988 CZE  1:28.30  +3.86  49.37
 36  50  350095 PFIFFNER Marco 1994 LIE  1:28.57  +4.13  52.82
 37  39  410364 FEASEY Willis 1992 NZL  1:28.59  +4.15  53.08
 38  49  370022 JENOT Olivier 1988 MON  1:28.80  +4.36  55.77
 39  51  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  1:28.89  +4.45  56.92
 40  47  151238 ZABYSTRAN Jan 1998 CZE  1:29.68  +5.24  67.02
 41  53  670037 ZAKURDAEV Igor 1987 KAZ  1:29.96  +5.52  70.60
 42  58  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR  1:30.13  +5.69  72.78
 43  38  410365 BARWOOD Adam 1992 NZL  1:31.10  +6.66  85.18
 44  60  320391 KIM Dong Woo 1995 KOR  1:31.64  +7.20  92.09
 45  61  54106 BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon 1992 BOL  1:31.69  +7.25  92.73
 46  52  310421 STEVOVIC Marko 1996 SRB  1:31.70  +7.26  92.86
 47  62  942023 TAHIRI Albin 1989 KOS  1:32.74  +8.30  106.16
 48  57  270047 MC MILLAN Patrick 1991 IRL  1:33.54  +9.10  116.39
Did not finish
 1  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA
 2  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI
 24  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA
 27  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA
 30  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO
 34  310426 VUKICEVIC Marko 1992 SRB
 36  561310 HROBAT Miha 1995 SLO
 40  104531 CRAWFORD James 1997 CAN
 43  380335 ZUBCIC Filip 1993 CRO
 44  430472 KLUSAK Michal 1990 POL
 48  102271 HUDEC Jan 1981 CZE
 56  690694 KOVBASNYUK Ivan 1993 UKR
 59  240139 KEKESI Marton 1995 HUN
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 55  80077 MACEDO Michel 1998 BRA
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Monica Huebner
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- Monica is a native of Garmisch-Partenkrichen, Germany, and skied for SC Garmisch before a stint with the German national ski team. She eventually became an NCAA athlete at the University of Denver where she won the individual NCAA slalom title in 2015 and a team championship in 2016.
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