Winter Olympics: Gisin wins gold in women’s combined event, Myhrer crowned slalom champion

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Michelle Gisin of Switzerland held off Mikaela Shiffrin to claim the gold medal in the women’s alpine combined event at the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. 

24-year-old Gisin turned in an almost flawless performance as she finished in a combined time of two minutes and 20.9 seconds to eclipse Shiffrin by 0.97 seconds. Gisin’s compatriot Wendy Holdener earned the bronze.

The leader after the downhill portion Lindsey Vonn made a mistake early during the slalom run and did not finish in what was likely her last race at the Winter Olympics.

Elvedina Muzaferija of Bosnia and Herzegovina was 22nd after the downhill portion of the women’s combined event, but failed to complete the slalom run.

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Had she made it to the finish line, Muzaferija would have made history as well; only 18 skiers completed both runs, meaning that Muzaferija would have probably ended 19th - thus beating the previous best performance of an athlete from Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Olympic Winter Games.  

Earlier on Thursday morning, Andre Myhrer of Sweden captured the Olympic gold medal in men’s slalom.  

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The 35-year-old veteran finished 0.34 seconds clear of Switzerland’s Ramon Zenhaeusern, while Austrian Michael Matt took home the bronze medal.

Pre-race favorite Marcel Hirscher, who took gold in the giant slalom and combined event, failed to finish after missing a gate in his first run.

Bosnia’s Emir Lokmic did not finish the first run either.

Myhrer ended Sweden’s 38-year drought in the men’s slalom at the Winter Olympics, as he followed in the footsteps of countryman Ingemar Stenmark’s achievement at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.