Olympics: Sweden's Myhrer Wins Gold In Men's Slalom

Olympics: Sweden's Myhrer wins gold in men's slalom

Sweden's Andre Myhrer took out the men's slalom Thursday, giving the country its fifth gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The 35-year-old completed the two runs with a combined total of 1 minute, 38.99 seconds, finishing 0.34 ahead of silver medalist Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland. Michael Matt of Austria took bronze 0.67 back of the winner.

Japan's Naoki Yuasa did not complete his second run after finishing the first in 36th place, 5.17 off the pace.

Zenhaeusern, who finished the first run ninth-fastest, looked to be on the verge of a surprise victory after moving into gold medal position with only a handful of contenders awaiting their second run at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

The Vancouver bronze medalist Myhrer, however, was able to take gold on the back of a strong first run, despite finishing the second run eighth-fastest. The win makes Myhrer the oldest Winter Olympic gold medalist from Sweden.

"I had a really good first run," he said. "I knew it was going to be a battle in the second."

"I just tried to force everything I had and luckily it was enough to go home with the gold."

The fastest man after the first run, Norway's Henrik Kristofferson, did not finish, bowing out early on his second run.

Later on Thursday, relatively unheralded Swiss Michelle Gisin put together two consistent runs to win gold in the women's Alpine combined slalom.

With a 2:20.90 combined time, the 24-year-old beat out American star Mikaela Shiffrin by almost a second. The U.S. skier laid down the sixth fastest downhill time, and pushed her way up to silver with the third fastest run on the slalom course.

Switzerland's Wendy Holdener, the Alpine combined world champion and Pyeongchang slalom silver medalist, finished third by clocking the fastest slalom time after ranking 10th in the downhill