Austrian skier Johannes Strolls, like his father, won the Olympic gold medal in the alpine group in 1988

BEIJING – Like his father more than three decades ago, Austrian skier Johannes Strolls won the Olympic combined alpine gold medal.

Not bad for a guy who wasn’t even on the national team about a month ago.

Stolz, 29, who has won the World Cup only once, finished fourth after a dip on Thursday. But he was half a second faster than anyone else in the slalom, which helped him beat Norway qualifier Alexander Amodt Kelde by 0.58 seconds.

The phone adds uphill and slalom running times.

Hubert, Strolls’ father, won the gold in the group at the 1988 Games in Calgary. Hubert Strolls also won a silver in the giant slalom that year and came close to another joint Olympic victory four years later, but he missed a goal towards the end of the second qualifying and was disqualified.

“This is truly an amazing moment for me and I am so grateful to finally be able to live my dream and hold this gold medal in my hands like my dad did in Calgary in 1988 and yes, just a dream come true.” It’s called Strolz. . “The gold medal really means the world to me.”

Strolz had the best result of his career with a tenth place finish in over eight years of World Cup racing before winning in Adelboden last month when he wasn’t even an official member of the Austrian team after retiring.

However, the win earned him a place on the team at the Beijing Olympics, where he will be outfitting his slalom skates as he has been doing all season. A team member sets up Strolz skis on the Alps.

“It really is an incredible story,” said Andreas Poulcher, head coach of the Austrian men’s team. “We knew he was a fast downhill skier and in the slalom I saw Adelboden, he was perfect. And after leaving [today] I imagine he could make a medal, but the gold medal is a different story.

“I don’t think he was under any pressure today. He was successful in Adelboden…and it was easy for him to ski here in these snowy conditions and that is why.”

Canadian Jack Crawford was third, 0.68 behind Strolls and 0.09 behind Kildy. Austrian world champion Marco Schwartz finished fifth behind Swiss rival Justin Maurizier.

Keldy, 29, won his second medal at the Beijing Olympics. He also took bronze in Super-G on Tuesday.

“It was so cool. I haven’t limped in two years. I had a good feeling when I was skating.” It’s huge. What an Olympic it was. Sure, some feelings along the way, but it’s still amazing.”

Keldy took advice from his girlfriend Michaela Shiffrin, who won gold in slalom at the Sochi Games in 2014. Her 47 World Cup victories in slalom are more than any other victory in just one event – although the American failed to finish The two previous events in the Beijing Olympics.

“She just said to me, ‘Keep moving forward and keep your skates under you. “And I will do it,” Kildy said after getting off.

One of the race’s favorites, Alexis Pintorault, was a disappointment first and then fell off the slalom.

The Frenchman won silver at the 2021 World Championships – where he defended his title – and at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. He had not finished four of the six World Cup races that season.

Another favorite before the race, Loic Millard of Switzerland, missed the landing but managed to stay on the right track. He failed to finish the second round after driving the gate.

Thursday’s race only had 27 contenders overall, down from 43 for a downhill and 47 for a Super G earlier in the week. It is the first time in Olympic history that the event has been held without at least one American runner.

Landing was delayed by about 10 minutes when Yannick Chaples fell and took to a sled. The Swiss skier hit an obstacle and then skied off part of the mountain.

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