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Men's Super G

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Creekside, Whistler
Date Started: February 19, 2010
Date Finished: February 19, 2010

Gold: NOR Aksel Lund Svindal
Silver: USA Bode Miller
Bronze: USA Andrew Weibrecht

Summary

The fourth Alpine skiing race of the Vancouver Olympics was held on Friday, 19 February, as scheduled. The favorites were Michael Walchhofer (leader of the current Super G World Cup), Aksel Lund Svindal (second in the 2009-10 Super G World Cup, winner of the 2008-09 Super G World Cup, and bronze medalist at the 2009 World Championships), Didier Cuche (2009 World Champion and winner at Kitzbühel in 2010), and Manuel Osborne-Paradis (recent winner at Lake Louise). But Didier Défago and Bode Miller were also highly considered after winning gold and bronze in the downhill four days earlier. The 2006 medalists Kjetil André Aamodt (gold) retired shortly after Torino, Hermann Maier (silver) retired just before the 2009-10 season, and Ambrosi Hoffmann (bronze) raced only in the downhill in 2010. The only World Cup Super G held on this course was won by Christoph Gruber on 21 February 2008.

The race started at 11:30 AM with perfect sunny weather and temperatures between 3.5° (start) and 9° (finish). With number 3 the American Andrew Weibrecht set an early quick time. The first of the favorites was Miller in start position 11. He took the lead from the first split to the finish, but he lost time in the second part of the course, and topped the time of his fellow countryman by only 0.03 seconds. Svindal, who turned 28 on the closing day of the Vancouver Olympics, did not start well, as in the downhill, and at the first intermediate split was 0.3 seconds behind Miller, but he finished quickly to lead by 0.28 seconds at the finish line and take the gold medal. The oldest competitor in the field, Patrik Järbyn, hooked a gate and fell in the last section of the course and landed hard on his back and head and was unconscious. He was flown to hospital by helicopter, but luckily was not hurt badly and was able to leave the hospital the next day.

When Svindal came to the leaders area, Miller was laughing and joked with him with some profanity which was broadcast around the world. Svindal won the race with an average speed of 87.67 km/hr by 0.28 seconds or 6.8 metres in front of Miller. The sensation of the race was bronze medalist Weibrecht who had never previously placed better than 10th in a World Cup race. Svindal won the first gold medal for Atomic at this Olympics. Miller, on the same skis as in the downhill and the only one of the top racers on downhill skis, won silver with Head, while Weibrecht took bronze using Rossignol.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Aksel Lund Svindal 27 Norway NOR Gold 1:30.34
2 Bode Miller 32 United States USA Silver 1:30.62
3 Andrew Weibrecht 24 United States USA Bronze 1:30.65
4 Werner Heel 27 Italy ITA 1:30.67
5 Erik Guay 28 Canada CAN 1:30.68
6 Christof Innerhofer 25 Italy ITA 1:30.73
7 Patrick Staudacher 29 Italy ITA 1:30.74
8 Carlo Janka 23 Switzerland SUI 1:30.83
9 Tobias Grünenfelder 32 Switzerland SUI 1:30.90
10 Didier Cuche 35 Switzerland SUI 1:31.06
11 Aleš Gorza 29 Slovenia SLO 1:31.07
12 Kjetil Jansrud 24 Norway NOR 1:31.21
13 Adrien Théaux 25 France FRA 1:31.24
14 Benjamin Raich 31 Austria AUT 1:31.35
15 Didier Défago 32 Switzerland SUI 1:31.43
16 Ivica Kostelić 30 Croatia CRO 1:31.47
17 Georg Streitberger 28 Austria AUT 1:31.49
18 Andrej Šporn 28 Slovenia SLO 1:31.58
19 Ted Ligety 25 United States USA 1:31.70
20 Mario Scheiber 26 Austria AUT 1:31.93
21 Michael Walchhofer 34 Austria AUT 1:32.00
22 Guillermo Fayed 24 France FRA 1:32.03
23 Marco Sullivan 29 United States USA 1:32.09
24 Jan Hudec 28 Canada CAN 1:32.09
25 Lars Myhre 25 Norway NOR 1:32.36
26 Ivan Ratkić 23 Croatia CRO 1:32.67
27 Ferrán Terra 22 Spain ESP 1:32.75
28 Aleksandr Khoroshilov 25 Russia RUS 1:32.84
29 Craig Branch 33 Australia AUS 1:32.89
30 Jono Brauer 28 Australia AUS 1:32.92
31 Gauthier de Tessières 28 France FRA 1:33.17
32 Ed Drake 24 Great Britain GBR 1:33.20
33 Roger Vidosa 25 Andorra AND 1:33.65
34 Petr Záhrobský 29 Czech Republic CZE 1:33.83
35 Paul de la Cuesta 21 Spain ESP 1:34.03
36 Stepan Zuyev 21 Russia RUS 1:34.13
37 Jaroslav Babušiak 25 Slovakia SVK 1:35.25
38 Tim Cafe 22 New Zealand NZL 1:35.55
39 Kevin Esteve Rigail 20 Andorra AND 1:35.67
40 Johnny Albertsen 32 Denmark DEN 1:35.69
41 Stefan Georgiev 32 Bulgaria BUL 1:36.32
42 Maui Gayme 26 Chile CHI 1:36.56
43 Igor Zakurdayev 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:36.97
44 Andrey Drygin 32 Tajikistan TJK 1:38.03
45 Stefán Jón Sigurgeirsson 20 Iceland ISL 1:39.12
AC Patrik Järbyn 40 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Stephan Keppler 27 Germany GER DNF
AC David Poisson 27 France FRA DNF
AC Marco Büchel 38 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Natko Zrnčić-Dim 23 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Ben Griffin 23 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Robbie Dixon 25 Canada CAN DNF
AC Andreas Romar 20 Finland FIN DNF
AC Árni Þorvaldsson 25 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Jorge Mandrú 23 Chile CHI DNF
AC Manuel Osborne-Paradis 26 Canada CAN DNF
AC Truls Ove Karlsen 34 Norway NOR DNF
AC Sergey Maytakov 20 Russia RUS DNF
AC Andrej Jerman 31 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Hans Olsson 25 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Peter Fill 27 Italy ITA DQ
AC Andrej Križaj 23 Slovenia SLO [1:33.16] DQ
AC Martin Vráblík 27 Czech Republic CZE DQ