Svindal earns bronze in GS to match Miller with three medals 


The biggest story of the Olympic alpine races, until Tuesday, had been American Bode Miller.

Miller came into the Games under the radar with only a handful of good results on the World Cup tour in recent years, but wrapped up the speed events with three medals - bronze in downhill, silver in super-G and gold in the super combined.

But his medal run came to an end in Tuesday's giant slalom. Miller did not finish his first run.

The race was won by Switzerland's Carlo Janka. Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal took the silver and bronze medals. The bronze was Svindal's third medal of these Games. Like Miller, he has one of each, having won the super-G and finishing second in the downhill.

Erik Guay continued to be the best Canadian male skier. After placing fifth in both the downhill and super-G he was 16 th in the GS.

The Americans have been dominant in the speed races. Lindsey Vonn has a gold in the downhill and a bronze in the super G, while Julia Mancuso earned silver medals in both the downhill and super combined.

With the super-G bronze by Andrew Weibrecht - his first podium ever - the U.S. Team now has eight medals to its credit, its best showing ever in a Winter Olympics and it's not over yet.

Alpine Canada was expecting at least two medals from these Olympics. That is unlikely to happen now; Michael Janyk in Saturday's slalom is the only realistic remaining hope for a medal.

However, the margin some Canadians have missed medals by is heartbreaking. Guay was three one-hundredths of a second away from the bronze medal in super-G. At the Torino Olympics in 2006 he missed the bronze in the same event by one one-hudredth of a second.

Britt Janyk placed sixth in the women's downhill and 17 th in the super-G after pulling out of what could have been a terrible crash.

The once-powerful Austrian team has just two medals in alpine events, with Elisabeth Goergl placing third in the downhill and Andrea Fischbacher winning the women's super-G.



The men's aerials qualification was on Monday, Feb. 23, with all three Canadians qualifying for the finals - Warren Shouldice in sixth place, Steve Omischl in eighth and Kyle Nissen in ninth. The ladies final was on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and the men's final is Thursday, Feb. 25.



The last event is the parallel giant slalom. The women are up first on Feb. 26, followed by the men's event the following day.


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