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Alpine Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Slalom

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 22, 2014
Date Finished: February 22, 2014
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: AUT Mario Matt
Silver: AUT Marcel Hirscher
Bronze: NOR Henrik Kristoffersen

Summary

The last of all Alpine skiing events held in Sochi was the men's slalom which took place as scheduled on Saturday, 22 February. The piste was located between the men's and women's speed course within the [Rosa Khutor Alpine Center]. The start was at an altitude of 1,160 metres and the run ended as all other Alpine skiing events in the same finishing area. The first run started in the late afternoon with cloudy weather, with spring-like temperatures between 7 (start) and 10 (finish) degrees, while the second run was held as a night-race under floodlights with a clear sky and temperatures still between 5 and 6 degrees. The snow was a main factor in this race. A lot of salt was scattered as it was necessary to firm up the snow surface, which was softened by high temperatures. But this refroze the surface causing problems as it soon become weak again and turned into slush.

The season underway saw seven World Cup slaloms held with only Marcel Hirscher (Levi and Adelboden) and Felix Neureuther (Bormio and Kitzbühel) winning twice. The other races were won by Mario Matt (Val d'Isère), Alexis Pinturault (Wengen), and Henrik Kristoffersen, who won the last World Cup slalom prior to the Games in Schladming. The current standings saw Hirscher in the lead followed by Neureuther and Kristoffersen. Hirscher also won the slalom World title in 2013 and the slalom World Cup of the last season 2012/13. Neureuther placed second both times, but his condition was uncertain after a car accident in Germany a week earlier, which caused a whiplash injury. Also considered to be strong were Jean-Baptiste Grange (World champion in 2011) and the Swedes André Myhrer (slalom World Cup winner 2011-12) and Mattias Hargin.

Going first on the fresh snow Myhrer (SWE) set the target time of 47.15. His compatriot, Hargin, was next to go and he too set a good time of 47.45. Third skier down, Matt (AUT), was to set the fastest time of the first run in 46.70. None of the other skiers was able to better any of these times, although Stefano Gross (ITA), starting 17th, managed to equal the time of Hargin for joint third place.

The second run was, like the slalom part of the Super Combined six days earlier, set by Ivica Kostelić's father Ante. He, not for the first time, created an unusual and controversial course. Ted Ligety called it "borderline unsportsmanlike," but as always, Kostelić answered that the top skiers also had to be smart and they should be able to race this run. With the top 30 going in reverse order the second run produced all the drama, with the early leader being Kristoffersen (NOR), starting 1.79 seconds behind Matt in 15th place, posting a combined time of 1:42.67. This time was not challenged until Hirscher (AUT), ninth after the first run, put in a storming run of 54.14 to go into the lead with a combined time of 1:42.12. Remarkably the next four skiers, Pinturault (FRA), Neureuther (GER), Ligety (USA), and Grange (FRA) all failed to finish the course. Hargin's second run contained mistakes and he couldn't repeat his finish of the first run, eventually finishing down in joint seventh. Gross, for a while, threatened to get into the medals and his combined time of 1:42.72 was good enough to put him in joint third place at that stage. When Myhrer also failed to complete the course, it came down to Matt's second run to determine the medals. His experience was to carry him through and, whilst only the sixth fastest run, came through with a combined time of 1:41.84 to take the final Alpine skiing gold medal of the Games. Adam Žampa (SVK), with a time of 53.94, skied the fastest second run but, having been 26th after the first run, was never in contention for a medal and finished sixth.

Matt, who turned 35 years of age in April 2014, became the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing champion ever, while bronze medalist Kristoffersen, only 19, became the ever youngest male Olympic Alpine skier on the podium. Matt, skiing on Blizzards, won the only Alpine skiing medal for them in Sochi, while silver was won on Atomic, and bronze on Rossignol. Finishing 43th and last in this race was French-born Yohan Gonçalves the first ever Winter Olympic competitor from Timor-Leste. [Hubertus von Hohenlohe] did not have the luck to finish the race when he struggled in the first run. It was only the second time he failed to finish in 15 Olympic events in six Olympic Winter Games over a period of 30 years. With his six participations he equalled the record for Alpine skiers held by Marco Büchel and became the oldest ever Alpine skiing competitor aged 55.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Mario Matt 34 Austria AUT Gold 1:41.84
2 Marcel Hirscher 24 Austria AUT Silver 1:42.12
3 Henrik Kristoffersen 19 Norway NOR Bronze 1:42.67
4T Stefano Gross 27 Italy ITA 1:42.72
4T Fritz Dopfer 26 Germany GER 1:42.72
6 Adam Žampa 23 Slovakia SVK 1:43.28
7T Markus Larsson 35 Sweden SWE 1:43.60
7T Mattias Hargin 28 Sweden SWE 1:43.60
9T Sebastian Solevåg 22 Norway NOR 1:44.11
9T Ivica Kostelić 34 Croatia CRO 1:44.11
11 Mitja Valenčič 36 Slovenia SLO 1:44.14
12 Leif Kristian Haugen 26 Norway NOR 1:44.21
13 Nolan Kasper 24 United States USA 1:44.22
14 Aleksandr Khoroshilov 29 Russia RUS 1:44.23
15 Julien Lizeroux 34 France FRA 1:44.32
16 Mike Janyk 31 Canada CAN 1:44.36
17 Dave Ryding 27 Great Britain GBR 1:45.91
18 Dalibor Šamšal 28 Croatia CRO 1:48.99
19 Ramon Zenhäusern 21 Switzerland SUI 1:49.40
20 Phil Brown 22 Canada CAN 1:49.65
21 Alexandru Barbu 26 Romania ROU 1:52.66
22 Iason Abramashvili 25 Georgia GEO 1:53.37
23 Michał Jasiczek 19 Poland POL 1:53.48
24 Marco Pfiffner 19 Liechtenstein LIE 1:55.48
25 Adam Barwood 21 New Zealand NZL 1:56.18
26 Trace Smith 21 Estonia EST 1:57.28
27 Mārtiņš Onskulis 19 Latvia LAT 1:57.60
28 Matej Vidović 20 Croatia CRO 1:57.81
29 Antonio Ristevski 24 Macedonia MKD 1:58.44
30 Mohammad Kiyadarbandsari 24 Iran IRI 1:58.87
31 Hossein Saveh Shemshaki 28 Iran IRI 1:59.36
32 Alejandro Puente 19 Spain ESP 1:59.45
33 Pavel Trikhichev 21 Russia RUS 1:59.79
34 Arman Serebrakyan 26 Armenia ARM 2:00.57
35 Kostas Sykaras 29 Greece GRE 2:04.08
36 Brynjar Guðmundsson 24 Iceland ISL 2:04.57
37 Massimiliano Valcareggi 18 Greece GRE 2:05.72
38 Tarik Hadžić 19 Montenegro MNE 2:07.94
39 Artyom Voronov 20 Uzbekistan UZB 2:10.96
40 Conor Lyne 20 Ireland IRL 2:13.29
41 Yevgeny Timofeyev 19 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 2:15.43
42 Alex Mohbat 18 Lebanon LIB 2:21.79
43 Yohan Gonçalves 19 Timor Leste TLS 2:30.89
AC André Myhrer 31 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Jean-Baptiste Grange 29 France FRA DNF
AC Ted Ligety 29 United States USA DNF
AC Felix Neureuther 29 Germany GER DNF
AC Alexis Pinturault 22 France FRA DNF
AC Manfred Mölgg 31 Italy ITA DNF
AC Giuliano Razzoli 29 Italy ITA DNF
AC Naoki Yuasa 30 Japan JPN DNF
AC Akira Sasaki 32 Japan JPN DNF
AC Trevor Philp 21 Canada CAN DNF
AC Santeri Paloniemi 20 Finland FIN DNF
AC Kryštof Krýzl 27 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Justin Murisier 22 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Natko Zrnčić-Dim 27 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Stefan Luitz 21 Germany GER DNF
AC Filip Trejbal 29 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Nikola Chongarov 24 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Sebastiano Gastaldi 22 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Einar Kristgeirsson 20 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Adam Lamhamedi 18 Morocco MAR DNF
AC Igor Laikert 22 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH DNF
AC Mateusz Garniewicz 24 Poland POL DNF
AC Norbert Farkas 21 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Olivier Jenot 25 Monaco MON DNF
AC Eugenio Claro 30 Chile CHI DNF
AC Manfred Oettl 20 Peru PER DNF
AC Dominic Demschar 20 Australia AUS DNF
AC Andreas Žampa 20 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Dow Travers 26 Cayman Islands CAY DNF
AC Daniel Yule 20 Switzerland SUI DQ
AC Axel Bäck 26 Sweden SWE DQ
AC Brad Spence 29 Canada CAN DQ
AC Jhonatan Longhi 26 Brazil BRA DQ
AC Dmytro Mytsak 18 Ukraine UKR DQ
AC Patrick Thaler 35 Italy ITA DNF
AC Reinfried Herbst 35 Austria AUT DNF
AC Benjamin Raich 35 Austria AUT DNF
AC Steve Missillier 29 France FRA DNF
AC David Chodounsky 29 United States USA DNF
AC Luca Aerni 20 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Jung Dong-Hyeon 25 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Sergey Maytakov 24 Russia RUS DNF
AC Kristaps Zvejnieks 21 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Stefan Prisadov 23 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Georgy Georgiev 26 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Žan Kranjec 21 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Stepan Zuyev 25 Russia RUS DNF
AC Cristian Simari Birkner 33 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Gyeong Seong-Hyeon 23 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Matej Falat 20 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Ross Peraudo 21 Australia AUS DNF
AC Pol Carreras 24 Spain ESP DNF
AC Patrick Brachner 22 Azerbaijan AZE DNF
AC Klemen Kosi 22 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Maciej Bydliński 25 Poland POL DNF
AC Park Je-Yun 19 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Emre Simsek 26 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Martin Vráblík 31 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Jorge Birkner 23 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Aleksi Benianidze 22 Georgia GEO DNF
AC Marko Vukićević 21 Serbia SRB DNF
AC Marko Rudić 24 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH DNF
AC Artur Hanse 20 Portugal POR DNF
AC Roberts Rode 26 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Yury Danilochkin 22 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Zhang Yuxin 24 China CHN DNF
AC Rokas Zaveckas 17 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Konstantinos Papamichael 20 Cyprus CYP DNF
AC Luke Henri Steyn 20 Zimbabwe ZIM DNF
AC Hubertus von Fürstenberg-von Hohenlohe 55 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Alisher Qudratov 28 Tajikistan TJK DNF
AC Kanet Sucharitakul 21 Thailand THA DNF