12:30 AM PST, February 16, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- Kjetil Jansrud won the fourth consecutive Olympic super-giant slalom gold medal for Norway, topping an early run by eventual bronze medalist Bode Miller U.S. and then watching a late charge fall just short by silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht of the U.S..
Jansrud finished the choppy course in 1 minute 18.14 seconds to help his country maintain its dominance in the Olympic men's event. Starting 29th, Weibrecht flew down the hill and wound up second, 0.30 seconds behind.
Miller, who became the oldest alpine skier to medal, finished in a tie for third with Jan Hudec of Canada.
This was Miller's sixth Olympic medal, moving him two behind the all-time alpine leader Kjetil Andre Aamodt.
Norway has long ruled this Olympic discipline, with Aamodt winning in 2002 and '06, and Aksel Lund Svindal in 2010. Svindal struggled on Sunday and finished seventh.
Weibrecht won the bronze in the super-G in 2010 at Vancouver, but has been besieged by injuries ever since. He's never been on the podium at a World Cup event.
“It's unbelievable," Weibrecht said. "I came down and knew I skied well. I knew I had a good run. I came through the finish and appreciated my run. Then I took a couple of seconds and looked at the time, I saw two and looked away. I looked again and was like, 'You've got to be kidding me.'"
Miller wasn't surprised. He half expected Weibrecht to make a charge, even with the course running quite a bit slower at the bottom.
“With Andrew at the start, I was like, 'There's a good chance he wins this run right now,'" said Miller, who captured silver in the super-G in Vancouver. "To be on the podium, it's a really big day for me. Emotionally, I had a lot riding on it. I'm super, super happy."
Miller surpassed one of Aamodt's marks, though, becoming the oldest skier to capture a medal. Aamodt had just turned 34 when he won in 2006.
It's been a big Olympics for Jansrud, who also won bronze in the downhill.
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