Alpine skiing - Hirscher puts to rest 'stupid' gold medal question

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Marcel Hirscher of Austria reacts after the men's alpine combined of alpine skiing at Jeongseon Alpine Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea, Feb. 13, 2018. But one prize had always eluded him - an Olympic gold medal. So many different things have to come together to win a race. "So I thought 'this one's for Grams!'". South Korean multi-medal hope Choi Min-jeong finished second but was disqualified. Kim's teammate, Arielle Gold, overcame a dislocated shoulder during training to earn a bronze.

For Kim, her debut Olympics turned golden as she romped to snowboarding halfpipe victory.

All of that only deepened the memory of the 45.96-second slalom that ratified not only a champion in the two-pronged Alpine combined event but a champion of a caliber beyond most champions.

"It's not real for now, but I think in a few hours it'll come closer and especially during the prize-giving ceremony", Hirscher said when asked about becoming an Olympic champion. "Now the questions is zzzzzzit - deleted".

Hirscher isn't done, either.

Then Hirscher, the favorite to win the slalom and giant slalom, flew through the slalom with his red skis.

Lawes and Morris were too good in the mixed doubles curling final, with Switzerland conceding in the sixth end of the match after missing an opportunity for a takeout with its last shot of the end.

In speed skating, the Dutch claimed their fourth gold medal with a one-two in the men's 1,500m through Kjeld Nuis and Patrick Roest.

Hirscher is far from finished in PyeongChang.

Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo won gold in cross-country's individual sprint classic ahead of Italy's Federico Pellegrino and Alexander Bolshunov for the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team.

Stina Nilsson of Sweden won the women's cross-country sprint.

The case will no doubt embarrass Japan, organisers of the Summer Games in 2020, and again forces the drug issue to the fore after Russian Federation were formally banned for state-sponsored doping.

Alpine skiing gets little run in the United States except for perhaps an every-four-years bright light on Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Ligety, Bode Miller (now retired) and Julia Mancuso (same).

In a dramatic women's luge final, marred by a bad crash to American Emily Sweeney, Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won her second straight singles gold ahead of countrywoman Dajana Eitberger and Canada's Alex Gough.

"Both samples tested positive", said the head of the delegation, who is also the vice-president of the Japan Olympic Committee.

No matter how long Hirscher does continue, he'll never again have to hear The Question.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which handles doping cases during the Games, said Saito had left the athletes' Olympic Village voluntarily and would be provisionally suspended from all competition pending a full investigation.

In other events, Canada beat Switzerland 10-3 to win the mixed doubles curling gold, with the team of Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation in bronze.

With the gold medal already secured after she opened her first run with a score of 93.75, Kim saved the best for last with a mark of 98.75 on her third and final attempt with daring back-to-back 1080-degree spins.