In Summary
  • Hirscher, 28, made the most of a shortened opening downhill course on which the jumps were largely eliminated.
  • It was the perfect slope for the Austrian, and his 12th fastest time set him up perfectly for the slalom.

PYEONGCHANG

Marcel Hirscher underlined his status as the best skier of his generation with a first, long-overdue Olympic gold in the alpine combined Tuesday.

"Everyone's been saying, 'Nice career, but an Olympic gold medal is still missing'. This is perfect, unbelievable," said Hirscher, who has won an unprecedented six consecutive World Cup overall titles on the back of 55 victories on the circuit.

But his Olympic history is more patchy: twice fourth in the giant slalom and a fifth in the 2010 slalom before grabbing silver in Sochi, leading to questions about his real legacy.

"This stupid question has now gone away, if I'm thinking that my career is perfect without a gold medal, now this question is zzz, deleted," he said.

"I'm not travelling home tomorrow, but if I wished to I could because I have my big goal and I reached it.

"In Austria everyone's expecting that I'm going to win a gold medal at least once.

"I'm super, super happy, I didn't expect to win this in the combined."

Hirscher, 28, made the most of a shortened opening downhill course on which the jumps were largely eliminated.

It was the perfect slope for the Austrian, and his 12th fastest time set him up perfectly for the slalom.

"It was an amazing downhill, maybe my best downhill ever. I killed it," Hirscher said. "The shorter the downhill the better for the technical guys!"

He then made no mistake in the slalom, a discipline he has dominated in the World Cup this season with six victories.

AGGRESSIVE SLALOM

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