The shock wasn’t only about who won the Olympic gold medal in the men’s slalom, it was also about who failed to even finish the race.
Andre Myhrer, a 35-year-old Swede who took bronze in the event eight years ago in Vancouver, was the unlikely champion on Thursday in PyeongChang. But it was Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen — the best slalom skiers on the World Cup circuit — who couldn’t complete two runs to give themselves a chance at the title.
‘‘To be able to do this after the season they have had is, of course, amazing for me,’’ Myhrer said.
Austria’s Hirscher skied off course in the opening run, while Kristoffersen set the fastest time. But the Norwegian couldn’t make it all the way down the piste on the second run, leaving Myhrer at the top of the podium.
Both Hirscher and Kristoffersen won Olympic medals in this event four years ago in Sochi. They also combined for 1-2 finishes in four of the eight World Cup slaloms this season.
Myhrer watched in the finish area as Kristoffersen, holding a 0.21-second advantage out of the starting gate, skied out early in the second run.
That allowed Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland to take an unexpected silver medal, 0.34 seconds behind Myhrer’s two-run time of 1 minute, 38.99 seconds. Bronze medalist Michael Matt of Austria was 0.67 back.
Men’s Nordic combined team event (large hill) — Johannes Rydzek crossed the finish line with an overwhelming 52.7-second advantage and Germany won its 13th gold medal of these Games, tying it with Norway for the overall lead.
Defending champion Norway was second, followed by Austria, which was first after the ski jump.
Men’s short-track speedskating 500 meters — Wu Dajing claimed China’s first Olympic gold in the sprint race, winning in 39.584 seconds to break the world record he had set in the quarterfinals.
South Koreans Hwang Dae-heon (39.854) and Lim Hyo-jun (39.919) won silver and bronze. Lim earlier won the 1,500, making him the only man to win multiple individual short-track medals at these Games.
Men’s short-track speedskating 5,000-meter relay — Hungary won its first Winter Olympic gold medal — and first of any kind in short track — by taking the lead on the last lap of the 45-lap race.
Women’s short-track speedskating 1,000 meters — Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands pulled off an upset, giving the country better known for its long-track success a fourth medal in short track. Schulting crossed the line in 1:29.778.
Women’s biathlon 4 x 6-kilometer relay — Darya Domracheva led Belarus to its second gold medal of these Games, winning her fourth overall. She teamed with Nadezhda Skardino, Iryna Kryoko, and Dzinara Alimbekava to win the race in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 3.4 seconds.
Women’s skicross — Canada’s Kelsey Serwa has raced to victory in women’s skicross, giving her a gold medal to go with the silver she won in Sochi four years ago.
Serwa raced to the lead early in the final and was well in front by the time she reached the bottom of the course at Phoenix Snow Park. Canadian teammate Brittany Phelan made an impressive pass late in the run to finish second.
Serwa’s victory came two days after Canada’s Brady Leman took gold in the men’s event.