Olympics: Swiss take inaugural gold in Alpine team event

Michelle Gisin of Switzerland

Swiss Olympians hit medal target

South Korean alpine skiers (from L) Kim Dong-woo, Gim So-hui, Jung Dong-hyun and Kang Young-seo pose for a photo after finishing the alpine skiing team event at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on February 24, 2018.

In the small final to decide the teams event bronze medal, Norway and France split the four runs 2-2 but claimed victory on time difference - a mere 0.12 seconds - as Norway's Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen hit the line ahead of Clement Noel in the final run.

Britain's Dave Ryding, right, and United States' Nolan Kasper compete during the alpine team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

Katharina Liensberger got Austria off on the right foot with a win in 21.21 seconds, but Michael Matt was disqualified for missing a gate in his race against Zenhauesern.

Zenhaeusern took silver in the men's slalom, while Holdener won silver in the women's slalom and bronze in the women's combined.

The gold medal came down to the men's clash between Daniel Yule and Marco Schwartz and it was secured when the Austrian made an error halfway down the slope and skied out.

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"Most of the time we are for ourselves that's why it's really special to compete as a team". I knew we could do it.

"For me it was really nice after a silver and bronze here, now I have one of every colour".

The match-up pitted the two top-seeded nations at PyeongChang 2018 in the inaugural running of the event, in which four skiers from each country race in turn on a slalom course against another skier in a knockout format. "But both racing someone head-on-head and being able to train and race with the boys is super fun".

That's how Great Britain beat the USA after their match was tied at 2.

Austria eased past Norway 3-1 to reach the big final, while the Swiss soon joined them after they prevailed 3-1 against France.

This discipline was the last in competitions skiers in Pyeongchang.

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