Riesch doubles up in slalom
German adds slalom gold to super-combined at Winter Olympics
Last Updated: 27/02/10 9:51am
Riesch: carved up rivals
Germany's Maria Riesch won her second gold of the Winter Olympics with victory in the women's slalom.
Riesch, whose younger sister Susanne skied out on the second run while also hunting a medal, led after the first run and beat Austrian Marlies Schild into second place by 0.43 seconds with a total time of one minute 42.89.
Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic took the bronze medal in the final race of the women's programme at Whistler Creekside.
Riesch had also won the super-combined earlier in the week.
American Lindsey Vonn, who had been chasing her third medal from five races, went out in the first run when she straddled a gate, while defending champion Anja Paerson of Sweden missed a gate in the second leg.
Britain's Chemmy Alcott was another to fail to post a time, sliding out in poor visibility during the first run.
"I just got my pole caught in the start gate and then the fog came in and I just couldn't see the ruts," Alcott said.
"For me to do something from where I'm starting, I've really got to charge it and get in that rut and I just couldn't see where the rut started."
There was also disappointment for Ireland as Kirsten McGarry went down in 59.28 seconds but was disqualified after her skis were measured. One of the skis was one millimetre too thick.
More gold for Norway
Meanwhile, Norway claimed their eighth gold of the Games in the men's biathlon's 4 x 7.5km relay at Whistler Olympic Park.
The Norwegian quartet of Halvard Hanevold, Emil Hegle Svendsen, Ole Einar
Bjoerndalen and Tarjei Boe posted a winning time of one hour 21 minutes and 38.1 seconds to finish ahead of Austria and Russia.
Bjoerndalen, who brought home victory on the anchor leg to claim his sixth gold of his Olympic career and his 11th Olympic medal in total, stated afterwards: "My shooting was fantastic. I went fast and skied great. I'm really satisfied with my race. It was perfect."
In snowboard's ladies parallel giant slalom, Holland's Nicolien Sauerbreij secured gold beating Russian Ekaterina Ilyukhina into the silver medal position by 0.02 seconds in the big final.
Bronze went to Austrian Marion Kreiner, who won the small final against Germany's Salina Joerg.