Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter takes slalom gold, Matthias Mayer of Austria fastest in super-G run

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32-year-old Frida Hansdotter of Sweden claimed the gold medal in the women’s slalom at the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. 

Hansdotter’s combined time of 1:38.63 was 0.05 seconds better than first-run leader’s Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.   

Katharina Gallhuber of Austria earned a surprise bronze as Olympic slalom champion from Sochi four years ago Mikaela Shiffrin finished fourth.  

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Elvedina Muzaferija from Bosnia and Herzegovina failed to complete her first run.

Hansdotter became the second Swedish woman to capture an Olympic gold in slalom, joining Anja Paerson, who won the event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Meanwhile, Shiffrin came up short with her attempt to win back-to-back gold medals in PyeongChang.

The 22-year-old has been dominant this season, winning five of seven World Cup slalom races along with a city event and a parallel slalom. Also, Shiffrin has been off the podium only three times in 33 races since Sochi in 2014.

In between the slalom runs, Matthias Mayer of Austria won the Olympic gold in men’s super-G, ending 16 years of Norwegian dominance of the event. Swiss Beat Feuz claimed the silver 0.13 seconds behind the Austrian.

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Kjetil Jansrud’s bronze medal was his fifth Olympic medal, meaning that he joined Alberto Tomba and Lasse Kjus in third place among the most decorated male alpine skiers - behind only Kjetil Andre Aamodt (eight) and Bode Miller (six).

Also on Friday, Dario Cologna of Switzerland won his third straight Olympic gold medal in the men’s 15 kilometer freestyle cross-country race.

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Norwegian Simen Hegstad Krueger captured the silver, while Russian Denis Spitsov took home the bronze medal.

Cross-country skier from Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladen Plakalovic crossed the finish line in 76th place, four minutes and 43.8 seconds behind the leader.