There are races and then there are The Olympic Games, and then there are records! Kjetil Jansrud produced the run of his life down the Rosa Khutor slope that culminated in him completing his full set of Olympic medals. Andrew Weibrecht went one better than almost his last Super G race, four years ago to grab the silver from bib 29 and to complete the race Bode Miller became the oldest Olympic medallist in sharing third with Jan Hudec.
Miller so wanted an Olympic medal this time around and at 36, the master of the comeback was on a mission. “The intensity was good today,” he said. “The intensity’s been good all of these days, but the mistakes are what’s been offsetting that. Today, I came out and skied really aggressive, too aggressive for this hill. I made a mistake at the bottom; it was just stupid. There’s nothing really to do after you come off the Lake Jump, you basically just get in your tuck and go to the finish. My mind was still looking for hundredths of a second, and I pushed too hard and probably cost myself half a second or six tenths. That’s always tough, but to hang on for a medal today, I feel really lucky, very fortunate.”
Miller had been the first to show his hand from bib 13. He had to wait until Jansrud came down at 21 for his time to be beaten. Miller had lead at all the splits but the race is all the way to the finish line and Jansrud was clean where Miller had made a mistake and Jansrud leapt into the lead by just over half a second.
The gold had been taken from Miller. Miller then had to share his position with Jan Hudec. Could the two of them hold on to share a medal?
It looked good but when Andrew Weibrecht is on the start line, anything can happen. Miller had faith in the American who has spent most of the last four years recovering from injury. After the race he even admitted the day before was this what he wanted to do.
When you cross the line and see your name in the medals then all the hard work becomes worthwhile. After the race he said: “This is probably the most emotional day of ski racing I’ve ever had,” adding, “It’s just all the issues and troubles that I’ve had to come back from, and to be able to have a really strong result like this, it reminds me that all the work I did to come back from the injuries, just kind of dealing through all the hard times, that’s all worth it, it all makes sense.”
Final word from Jansrud: "So far this Olympic Games has gone better than I had hoped. I am floating. It's the biggest thing you can win," said the 2014 Olympic super G champion.
What a podium!
Olympic Champion: Kjetil Jansrud (NOR)
Silver Medal: Andrew Weibrecht (USA)
Bronze Medal: Bode Miller (USA) & Jan Hudec (CAN)
7. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR)
14. Ted Ligety (USA)
19. Johan Clarey (FRA)
21. Georg Streitberger (AUT)
27. Beat Feuz (SUI)