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After multiple days of windy conditions and postponed races, the men’s downhill and women’s GS finally took place. Conditions, still icy and slightly wind blown, remained a challenging component on the technical courses.
In the women’s GS, Team USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin won gold with Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel and Italy’s Federica Brignone coming in second and third, respectively. Shiffrin, coming into this Winter Olympics with more than 40 medals and high expectations for a first Olympic gold in the GS, skied both runs aggressively while still maintaining a tight and smooth line. In first run, Shiffrin, from Vail, Colo., placed second, close behind Italy’s Manuela Moelgg (who placed 8th overall). Shiffrin’s second run cut off another second from her original pace, giving her the fastest overall time of 2:20.02. Team USA’s Megan McJames, from Park City, Utah, and Resi Stiegler, from Jackson Hole, Wyo., placed 31st and 36th respectively, +8.37 and +11.72 off of Shiffrin’s total time. Team USA’s Patricia Mangan, in her first ever Olympics, crashed and did not finish. See results here.
In the men’s downhill, Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal nabbed the gold. One of the most decorated Norwegian racers put down incredible run, finishing with the fastest time of 1:40.25. Following him came another top racer from Norway, Kjetil Jansrud, off the total time by +.12 seconds. Bronze went to Switzerland’s Beat Feuz. Team USA athletes Bryce Bennett, of Tahoe City, Calif., Jared Goldberg, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, of Starksboro, Vt., and Wiley Maple, of Aspen, Colo., all had solid runs, though their times were still +1.97, +2.34, +2.71, and +3.47 seconds off Svindal’s winning pace. Bennett placed 16th overall with Goldberg following at 20th and Cochran-Siegle at 23rd. Maple came in 30th. See results here.