Defending champion Matthias Mayer of Austria won the men’s super-G at the Beijing Games, capturing a third Olympic gold medal on Tuesday.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle of the United States won a shock silver medal, finishing 0.04 seconds behind in second. World Cup super-G leader Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway was 0.42 behind in third.
Mayer broke Norway’s 16-year grip on the men’s Olympic super-G title when he won in 2018. That was four years after winning the downhill in Sochi. The 31-year-old Mayer also claimed bronze in the men’s downhill on Monday. Mayer’s achievement puts him in the pantheon of Alpine ski greats. In women’s skiing, Italy’s Deborah Compagnoni won Olympic gold in super-G in 1992 and giant slalom in 1994 and 1998. Mayer’s gold also makes him the first skier, male or female, to win gold in three successive Olympics purely in speed events. His three golds also take him level with Toni Sailer in Austria’s list of Olympic winners in Alpine skiing.
Marco Odermatt of Switzerland was among the favorites but he lost control of his skis on a turn and skied out. Odermatt was slower than Kilde at the final checkpoint before he went out.
Cochran-Siegle has just one career win on the World Cup circuit but threatened to push Mayer into second with an aggressive run that earned him his surprise silver. He continued a family tradition in the Winter Olympics. His mother, Barbara Cochran, won gold in the slalom at the 1972 Games.