Ask anyone that knows anything about ski racing who their picks were for gold in the Olympic men’s slalom on Thursday and you can guarantee that they would have said Austria’s Marcel Hirscher or Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen. The duo has combined for every World Cup slalom win this season save for one and have dominated the discipline for the better part of this Olympic cycle.

All of that changed on Thursday when the two slalom juggernauts both shockingly failed to find the finish line. In their absence, Swedish veteran Andre Myhrer stepped up and delivered Sweden’s first men’s slalom gold since the great Ingemar Stenmark’s win at Lake Placid 1980. Frida Hansdotter also won the women’s slalom, giving Sweden the rare double. Switzerland’s Ramon Zenhaeusern won the silver and Austria’s Michael Matt Bronze.

The Olympic men’s slalom podium. Image Credit: GEPA Pictures/Mathias Mandl

“It means everything,” Myhrer shared after the race. “I’ve been training my whole life for a moment like this. I took a medal in Vancouver, a bronze, but I’ve been always dreaming about the gold medal and now it’s a reality and I’m totally blown away.”

Myhrer won the slalom crystal globe back in 2012 but has suffered from back pain and has struggled some to find that same consistency in recent years. NBC’s Bode Miller even went as far as saying that Myhrer wanted to “cash out and fade out” during coverage of the men’s giant slalom in reference to the 35-year-old’s move to Head skis in 2014.

Not so fast, Mr. Miller.

“I had a really good first run; I knew it was gonna be a battle in the second,” he said. “I didn’t ski that good on the top, I had a feeling, it felt like I was a little bit behind. I haven’t seen the split times but that was my feeling coming into the last part and I just tried to force everything I had and luckily it was enough to go home with the gold.”

After Hirscher’s uncharacteristic exit in the first run — his first slalom DNF since 2016 — left the door open for the likes of Kristoffersen, the Norewgian held a healthy lead going into the second run. After Myhrer’s second run, Only Kristoffersen was left in the start house. Just as uncharacteristic as Hirscher’s DNF in the first run, Kristoffersen skied a handful of gates before catching his boot on the snow and sliding out, giving gold to Myhrer, silver to Zenhaeusern, and bronze to Matt.

“It’s just crazy,” Zenhaeusern said. “It’s like in a dream, I haven’t realized it yet and I think it will happen some days for realizing that, it’s unbelievable. At the beginning it was OK because I didn’t think that it would be a medal, but after, at the end when (Frenchman Victor) Muffat was coming down and I knew it’s now about the medal. I couldn’t see the run. I had to not look at the pictures because I was so nervous, it’s crazy.”

Matt en route to bronze. Image Credit: GEPA Pictures/Matic Klansek

Matt was also quite surprised to find himself with a medal and admitted to having to completely change his setup to ski on the unique Korean snow.

“Unbelievable,” Said Matt. “I was almost lying in this finish area not even watching half of the racers who had still to go. Henrik was really fast so I knew this is fourth place, but s–t happens and I’m very happy with my third place. You work the whole season really hard and then you come here and everything you have to change — change your skis, change your boots because the snow is so different. I skied six days in a row now and luckily it paid off.”

For the Americans, David Chodounsky led the way in 18th place followed by Mark Engel in 31st. Nolan Kasper did not finish his second run.

Next on the schedule is the parallel team event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24.


Top 10

  1. Andre Myhrer (SWE) – Head/Head/Head
  2. Ramon Zenhaeusern (SUI) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  3. Michael Matt (AUT) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  4. Clement Noel (FRA) – Dynastar/Lange/Look
  5. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head/Head/Head
  6. Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  7. Kristoffer Jakobsen (SWE) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  8. Daniel Yule (SUI) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  9. Dave Ryding (GBR) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  10. Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (NOR) – Voelkl/Dalbello/Marker

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  7  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  47.93  51.06  1:38.99  0.00
 2  15  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon 1992 SUI  48.66  50.67  1:39.33  +0.34  2.47
 3  6  54170 MATT Michael 1993 AUT  49.00  50.66  1:39.66  +0.67  4.87
 4  24  6190403 NOEL Clement 1997 FRA  48.58  51.12  1:39.70  +0.71  5.16
 5  10  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  48.54  51.18  1:39.72  +0.73  5.31
 6  16  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  48.34  51.41  1:39.75  +0.76  5.53
 7  35  502015 JAKOBSEN Kristoffer 1994 SWE  48.74  51.20  1:39.94  +0.95  6.91
 8  1  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI  48.88  51.24  1:40.12  +1.13  8.22
 9  13  220689 RYDING Dave 1986 GBR  49.09  51.07  1:40.16  +1.17  8.51
 10  8  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  48.53  51.65  1:40.18  +1.19  8.66
 11  9  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT  48.62  51.57  1:40.19  +1.20  8.73
 12  2  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  48.40  51.84  1:40.24  +1.25  9.09
 13  20  421669 NESTVOLD-HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  49.27  51.04  1:40.31  +1.32  9.60
 14  22  512182 MEILLARD Loic 1996 SUI  49.63  50.69  1:40.32  +1.33  9.67
 15  12  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT  49.35  51.03  1:40.38  +1.39  10.11
 16  3  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  49.27  51.44  1:40.71  +1.72  12.51
 17  21  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  49.72  51.01  1:40.73  +1.74  12.66
 18  26  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  49.43  51.41  1:40.84  +1.85  13.46
 19  11  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE  49.71  51.51  1:41.22  +2.23  16.22
 20  17  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  49.79  51.48  1:41.27  +2.28  16.58
 21  44  380361 RODES Istok 1996 CRO  49.60  51.81  1:41.41  +2.42  17.60
 22  32  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN  50.22  51.72  1:41.94  +2.95  21.46
 23  41  380363 KOLEGA Elias 1996 CRO  51.18  50.94  1:42.12  +3.13  22.77
 24  29  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  49.91  52.36  1:42.27  +3.28  23.86
 25  49  350095 PFIFFNER Marco 1994 LIE  51.09  52.22  1:43.31  +4.32  31.42
 26  51  221236 TAYLOR Laurie 1996 GBR  51.08  52.33  1:43.41  +4.42  32.15
 27  33  320266 JUNG Donghyun 1988 KOR  51.79  53.28  1:45.07  +6.08  44.22
 28  74  680041 ABRAMASHVILI Iason 1988 GEO  52.69  55.00  1:47.69  +8.70  63.28
 29  25  103729 READ Erik 1991 CAN  49.81  58.74  1:48.55  +9.56  69.53
 30  81  240139 KEKESI Marton 1995 HUN  53.49  55.56  1:49.05  +10.06  73.17
 31  31  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  56.18  53.13  1:49.31  +10.32  75.06
 32  78  54106 BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon 1992 BOL  54.66  55.76  1:50.42  +11.43  83.14
 33  85  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR  55.42  56.73  1:52.15  +13.16  95.72
 34  61  260110 KIYADARBANDSARI Mohammad 1989 IRI  55.66  57.03  1:52.69  +13.70  99.65
 35  57  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  54.15  59.43  1:53.58  +14.59  106.12
 36  95  800013 TOLA Erjon 1986 ALB  58.00  59.06  1:57.06  +18.07  131.43
 37  89  6190671 POETTOZ Michael 1998 COL  57.46  1:00.00  1:57.46  +18.47  134.34
 38  94  194752 HANSE Arthur 1993 POR  58.26  1:00.35  1:58.61  +19.62  142.71
 39  103  942023 TAHIRI Albin 1989 KOS  1:00.80  1:02.13  2:02.93  +23.94  174.13
 40  98  770015 TIMOFEEV Evgeniy 1994 KGZ  1:01.56  1:02.37  2:03.93  +24.94  181.40
 41  88  780023 DRUKAROV Andrej 1999 LTU  59.40  1:07.77  2:07.17  +28.18  204.97
 42  100  740036 KARAPETYAN Ashot 1999 ARM  1:02.47  1:05.61  2:08.08  +29.09  211.59
 43  108  330014 CHOE Myong Gwang 1990 PRK  1:09.42  1:13.39  2:22.81  +43.82  318.72
Did not finish 2nd run
 4  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  47.72
 27  301709 YUASA Naoki 1983 JPN  52.89
 34  103865 PHILP Trevor 1992 CAN  49.95
 37  532138 KASPER Nolan 1989 USA  52.44
 40  491879 SALARICH Joaquim 1994 ESP  52.07
 45  700868 FALAT Matej 1993 SVK  51.86
 53  430633 JASICZEK Michal 1994 POL  51.64
 54  60261 MAES Sam 1998 BEL  52.90
 107  330016 KANG Song Il 1994 PRK  1:11.43
Did not finish 1st run
 5  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT
 14  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI
 18  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR
 19  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA
 23  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER
 28  561322 HADALIN Stefan 1995 SLO
 30  380334 VIDOVIC Matej 1993 CRO
 36  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA
 38  491853 DEL CAMPO Juan 1994 ESP
 39  92719 ZLATKOV Kamen 1997 BUL
 42  561244 KRANJEC Zan 1992 SLO
 43  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor 1985 HUN
 46  6293171 VINATZER Alex 1999 ITA
 47  92720 POPOV Albert 1997 BUL
 48  380335 ZUBCIC Filip 1993 CRO
 50  150743 BERNDT Ondrej 1988 CZE
 52  550054 ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps 1992 LAT
 55  410365 BARWOOD Adam 1992 NZL
 56  60160 ALAERTS Kai 1989 BEL
 58  710362 LOKMIC Emir 1997 BIH
 59  410364 FEASEY Willis 1992 NZL
 60  151215 FOREJTEK Filip 1997 CZE
 62  230651 ANTONIOU Ioannis 1995 GRE
 63  151238 ZABYSTRAN Jan 1998 CZE
 64  481730 KUZNETSOV Ivan 1996 RUS
 65  280034 BIRAN Itamar 1998 ISR
 66  40523 DEMSCHAR Dominic 1993 AUS
 67  310426 VUKICEVIC Marko 1992 SRB
 68  860005 BRACHNER Patrick 1992 AZE
 69  310438 SALIHOVIC Eldar 1999 MNE
 71  460060 BARBU Alexandru 1987 ROU
 72  750088 RISTEVSKI Antonio 1989 MKD
 73  310421 STEVOVIC Marko 1996 SRB
 75  390044 LAINE Tormis 2000 EST
 76  790025 LAMHAMEDI Adam 1995 MAR
 77  320391 KIM Dong Woo 1995 KOR
 79  110409 HORWITZ Kai 1998 CHI
 80  670037 ZAKURDAEV Igor 1987 KAZ
 82  80077 MACEDO Michel 1998 BRA
 83  151024 KOTZMANN Adam 1993 CZE
 84  170151 DYRBYE NAESTED Casper 1996 DEN
 86  360046 OSCH Matthieu 1999 LUX
 87  520170 DENIZ Serdar 1997 TUR
 90  540026 DICKSON SOMMERS Rodolfo Roberto 1997 MEX
 91  690694 KOVBASNYUK Ivan 1993 UKR
 92  160097 LEFKARITIS Dinos 1995 CYP
 96  570019 WILSON Connor 1996 RSA
 97  210040 TUKHTAEV Komiljon 1997 UZB
 99  450030 MARIOTTI Alessandro 1998 SMR
 101  959600 ABEDA Shannon 1996 ERI
 102  6532104 WEBB Jeffrey 1998 MAS
 104  960300 GOUTT Yohan Goncalves 1994 TLS
 105  340440 BEHLOK Allen 1998 LBN
 106  820030 KARIM Muhammad 1995 PAK
Did not start 1st run
 70  250353 SNORRASON Sturla Snaer 1994 ISL
 93  6292024 ZANON Nicola 1996 THA
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