|XXIII Olympic Winter Games|
|Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February|
|Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times|
Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal became the oldest Olympic alpine skiing champion as he held off Kjetil Jansrud to win downhill gold at the age of 35.
He finished 0.12 seconds ahead of compatriot Jansrud, with Swiss world champion Beat Feuz taking bronze in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Svindal won super-G gold at Vancouver 2010 but finished fourth when favourite for the downhill at Sochi 2014.
“It feels pretty good. I’m extremely happy,” said Svindal.
“The record is a thing you think about after, but right now it’s just the emotions when you cross the finish line and you see that you’re ahead. That’s bigger than any record.”
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Svindal tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a crash in January 2016 and only won his first World Cup downhill race since then in December 2017.
Defending champion Matthias Mayer finished seventh. The Austrian was a surprise winner in Sochi four years ago, clinching gold despite never finishing higher than fifth in a World Cup downhill before.
‘Iron Man’ off to a flyer
South Korean slider Yun Sung-bin has become a hit with the home fans after setting a track record in the men’s skeleton heats.
The 23-year-old, who wears a helmet resembling American film superhero Iron Man, is bidding to win his country’s first skeleton medal.
“The way people ride skeleton is similar to the way Iron Man flies,” said Yun. “He’s also my favourite character, and that’s why I wear him on my helmet.”
Akwasi Frimpong made history by becoming the first Ghanaian to compete in the skeleton at the Winter Olympics.
The 32-year-old was slowest in a field of 30, but made his mark on the ice with a helmet featuring a rabbit escaping the jaws of a lion.
“When the cage goes up, the rabbit has to run away from the lions otherwise it will get eaten,” Frimpong said before making his Games debut.
Anthony Watson, the first Jamaican to compete in the event, posted the second slowest combined time in the heats.
Also on Thursday
There are eight other gold medal events on Thursday:
- American star Shiffrin wins giant slalom gold
- Savchenko and Massot win figure skating pairs gold
- France’s Vaultier defends men’s snowboard cross title
- 06:30-08:15: Cross country skiing – women’s 10km free
- 08:15-10:10: Biathlon – women’s 15km individual
- 11:00-13:00: Biathlon – men’s 20km individual
- 11:00-13:10: Speed skating – men’s 10,000m final
- 12:30-13:45: Luge – team relay
Other news lines from day six
- Four-time defending champions Canada beat the United States 2-1 to stretch their Winter Olympic women’s hockey winning streak to 23 games.