Austria’s Mayer pulls upset to win Olympic downhill

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SOCHI, Russia — Matthias Mayer shut his eyes for a moment, his day’s work over.

Sunday’s Winter Olympics

Winter Olympic Medals Table

At Sochi, Russia

Through Monday, Feb. 10

(2 of 5 events Monday)

(15 of 18 total events)

Nation G S B Tot

Norway 2 1 4 7

Canada 2 2 1 4

United States 2 0 3 5

Russia 1 2 2 5

Netherlands 2 1 1 4

Austria 1 2 0 3

Germany 2 0 0 2

Sweden 0 2 0 2

Czech Republic 0 1 1 2

Italy 0 1 1 2

Poland 1 0 0 1

Slovakia 1 0 0 1

Switzerland 1 0 0 1

China 0 1 0 1

Finland 0 1 0 1

Slovenia 0 1 0 1

Britain 0 0 1 1

Ukraine 0 0 1 1

ALPINE SKIING

Men

Downhill

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (11) Matthias Mayer, Austria, 2:06.23.

  2. (20) Christof Innerhofer, Italy, 2:06.29.

  3. (8) Kjetil Jansrud, Norway, 2:06.33.

  4. (18) Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 2:06.52.

  5. (7) Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, Calif., 2:06.64.

  6. (3) Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 2:06.71.

  7. (14) Peter Fill, Italy, 2:06.72.

  8. (15) Bode Miller, Easton, N.H., 2:06.75.

Other U.S. Finishers

  1. (1) Steven Nyman, Sundance, Utah, 2:09.15.

  2. (25) Marco Sullivan, Truckee, Calif., 2:10.10.

BIATHLON

Women

7.5km Sprint

(Penalties in parentheses)

  1. Anastasiya Kuzmina, Slovakia, 21:06.8 (0).

  2. Olga Vilukhina, Russia, 21:26.7 (0).

  3. Vita Semerenko, Ukraine, 21:28.5 (0).

  4. Karin Oberhofer, Italy, 21:34.7 (0).

  5. Anais Bescond, France, 21:36.7 (1).

  6. Dorothea Wierer, Italy, 21:37.4 (0).

  7. Weronika Nowakowska-Ziemniak, Poland, 21:37.6 (1).

  8. Elisa Gasparin, Switzerland, 21:38.2 (0).

U.S. Finishers

  1. Susan Dunklee, Barton, Vt., 21:48.3 (1).

  2. Sarah Studebaker, Boise, Idaho, 22:59.5 (1).

  3. Annelies Cook, Saranac Lake, N.Y., 23:23.4 (2).

  4. Hannah Dreissigacker, Morrisville, Vt., 23:55.0 (4).

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Men

Skiathlon (15km Classic + 15km Free)

  1. Dario Cologna, Switzerland, 1:08:15.4.

  2. Marcus Hellner, Sweden, 1:08:15.8.

  3. Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway, 1:08:16.8.

  4. Maxim Vylegzhanin, Russia, 1:08:16.9.

  5. Ilia Chernousov, Russia, 1:08:29.0.

  6. Jean Marc Gaillard, France, 1:08:29.8.

  7. Daniel Richardsson, Sweden, 1:08:31.7.

  8. Johannes Duerr, Austria, 1:08:32.0.

U.S. Finishers

  1. Noah Hoffman, Aspen, Colo., 1:11:28.1.

  2. Erik Bjornsen, Winthrop, Wash., 1:12:42.3.

  3. Brian Gregg, Winthrop, Wash., 1:13:26.3.

  4. Kris Freeman, Thornton, N.H., 1:14:34.6.

FIGURE SKATING

Team Event

Final Ranking

  1. Russia (Julia Lipnitskaia, Evgeni Plushenko, Ksenia Stolbova, Fedor Klimov, Tatiana Volosozhar, Maxim Trankov, Ekaterina Bobrova, Dmitri Soloviev, Elena Ilinykh, Nikita Katsalapov), 75.

  2. Canada (Kaetlyn Osmond, Patrick Chan, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-towers, Dylan Moscovitch, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir), 65.

  3. United States (Gracie Gold, Chicago; Ashley Wagner, Alexandria, Va.; Jeremy Abbott, Aspen, Colo.; Marissa Castelli, Cranston, R.I.; Simon Shnapir, Sudbury, Mass.; Meryl Davis, West Bloomfield, Mich.; Charlie White, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), 60.

  4. Italy, 52.

  5. Japan, 51.

Failed To Qualify

  1. France, 22.

  2. China, 20.

  3. Germany, 17.

  4. Ukraine, 10.

  5. Britain, 8.

LUGE

Men’s Singles

Final Ranking

  1. Felix Loch, Germany, 3:27.526.

  2. Albert Demchenko, Russia, 3:28.002.

  3. Armin Zoeggeler, Italy, 3:28.797.

  4. Andi Langenhan, Germany, 3:29.355.

  5. Semen Pavlichenko, Russia, 3:29.436.

  6. Dominik Fischnaller, Italy, 3:29.479.

  7. Aleksander Peretyagin, Russia, 3:29.495.

  8. Reinhard Egger, Austria, 3:29.506.

U.S. Finishers

  1. Chris Mazdzer, Saranac Lake, N.Y., 3:29.954.

  2. Tucker West, Ridgefield, Conn., 3:31.217.

  3. Aidan Kelly, West Islip, N.Y., 3:31.799.

SKI JUMPING

Men’s K90 Individual

Final

  1. Kamil Stoch, Poland, 278.0.

  2. Peter Prevc, Slovenia, 265.3.

  3. Anders Bardal, Norway, 264.1.

  4. Thomas Diethart, Austria, 258.3.

  5. Michael Hayboeck, Austria, 258.0.

  6. Andreas Wellinger, Germany, 257.1

  7. Maciej Kot, Poland, 255.8.

  8. Noriaki Kasai, Japan, 255.2.

Did Not Qualify For Final

Jump 1

  1. Nick Alexander, Lebanon, N.H., 116.0.

  2. Peter Frenette, Saranac Lake, N.Y., 107.2.

  3. Anders Johnson, Park City, Utah, 104.2.

SNOWBOARD

Women

Slopestyle

Finals

Run 1

  1. (4) Sarka Pancochova, Czech Republic, 86.25.

  2. (10) Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 80.75.

  3. (3) Sina Candrian, Switzerland, 77.25.

  4. (5) Enni Rukajarvi, Finland, 73.75.

  5. (2) Jenny Jones, Britain, 73.00.

  6. (9) Torah Bright, Australia, 64.75.

  7. (11) Isabel Derungs, Switzerland, 58.50.

  8. (1) Silje Norendal, Norway, 49.50.

  9. (12) Anna Gasser, Austria, 49.00.

  10. (6) Karly Shorr, Milford, Mich., 39.00.

  11. (7) Spencer O Brien, Canada, 30.00.

  12. (8) Elena Koenz, Switzerland, 24.50.

Run 2

  1. (10) Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., (80.75; 95.25) 95.25.

  2. (5) Enni Rukajarvi, Finland, (73.75; 92.50) 92.50.

  3. (2) Jenny Jones, Britain, (73.00; 87.25) 87.25.

  4. (3) Sina Candrian, Switzerland, (77.25; 87.00) 87.00.

  5. (6) Karly Shorr, Milford, Mich., (39.00; 75.00) 75.00.

  6. (9) Torah Bright, Australia, (64.75; 66.25) 66.25.

  7. (8) Elena Koenz, Switzerland, (24.50; 54.50) 54.50.

  8. (12) Anna Gasser, Austria, (49.00; 51.75) 51.75.

  9. (7) Spencer O Brien, Canada, (30.00; 35.00) 35.00.

  10. (1) Silje Norendal, Norway, (49.50; 32.00) 32.00.

  11. (4) Sarka Pancochova, Czech Republic, (86.25; 20.00) 20.00.

  12. (11) Isabel Derungs, Switzerland, (58.50; 15.25) 15.25.

Final Ranking

  1. Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., (80.75; 95.25) 95.25.

  2. Enni Rukajarvi, Finland, (73.75; 92.50) 92.50.

  3. Jenny Jones, Britain, (73.00; 87.25) 87.25.

  4. Sina Candrian, Switzerland, (77.25; 87.00) 87.00.

  5. Sarka Pancochova, Czech Republic, (86.25; 20.00) 86.25.

  6. Karly Shorr, Milford, Mich., (39.00; 75.00) 75.00.

  7. Torah Bright, Australia, (64.75; 66.25) 66.25.

  8. Isabel Derungs, Switzerland, (58.50; 15.25) 58.50.

  9. Elena Koenz, Switzerland, (24.50; 54.50) 54.50.

  10. Anna Gasser, Austria, (49.00; 51.75) 51.75.

  11. Silje Norendal, Norway, (49.50; 32.00) 49.50.

  12. Spencer O Brien, Canada, (30.00; 35.00) 35.00.

SPEEDSKATING

Women

3000

  1. Irene Wust, Netherlands, 4:00.34.

  2. Martina Sablikova, Czech Republic, 4:01.95.

  3. Olga Graf, Russia, 4:03.47.

  4. Claudia Pechstein, Germany, 4:05.26.

  5. Annouk van der Weijden, Netherlands, 4:05.75.

  6. Ida Njaatun, Norway, 4:06.732.

  7. Katarzyna Bachleda - Curus, Poland, 4:06.739.

  8. Antoinette de Jong, Netherlands, 4:06.77.

U.S. Finishers

  1. Jilleanne Rookard, Woodhaven, Mich., 4:10.02.

  2. Anna Ringsred, Duluth, Minn., 4:21.51.

If he had trouble believing what had just happened as he stood before the crowd it was with good reason. The Austrian struck a big upset Sunday in one of the Olympics’ marquee events, capturing the men’s downhill and upending the elite of his sport.

“It’s amazing to be an Olympic champion,” he said.

Mayer has never finished better than fifth in a World Cup downhill. That proved no obstacle in dismissing the preordained favorites — Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished fourth and Bode Miller of the U.S. eighth.

Among the eight gold medalists on Day 3 were: Irene Wust, who showed why speedskating is Dutch territory; and Russia in team figure skating, likewise an Olympic newcomer, for its first gold in Sochi.

SKIING: In a country where skiing is revered, Mayer gave Austria a jolt. A few weeks ago he was not even considered the nation’s best shot for gold. But he covered the Rosa Khutor course in 2 minutes, 6.23 seconds and beat Italy’s Christof Innerhofer by 0.06 seconds. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won the bronze. Miller, who dominated the training runs, was so unnerved by the change of visibility he thought he’d have “to do something magical to win.” That was left to Mayer, who enjoys good skiing bloodlines — his father, Helmut, won a super-G silver medal at the 1988 Calgary Games.

FIGURE SKATING: With Evgeni Plushenko and a captivating Julia Lipnitskaia winning the free skates, Russia took the team event without needing to worry about the concluding ice dance. President Vladimir Putin was among those in a crowd relishing this victory as the Russians drew away from the U.S. and Canada. Plushenko’s body has been battered by 12 operations and he had to convince his federation he merited a spot in Sochi. “All the fans are cheering so hard that you literally cannot do badly because they do everything with you,” Plushenko said. “You get goose bumps.”

SPEEDSKATING: Another royal visit, more Dutch gold. Wust gave the Netherlands its second victory by winning the 3,000. Skating before her king and queen, Wust won in 4 minutes, 0.34 seconds. Defending champ Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic took the silver while Olga Graf won bronze for Russia’s first medal of the games. Claudia Pechstein, 41 and a six-time Olympian, was fourth. Wust, her nails red, white and blue like the Dutch flag, held up three fingers, signifying her third Olympic gold medal.

CROSS-COUNTRY: Switzerland’s Dario Cologna had ankle surgery in November, but that now seems ancient. He won the 30-kilometer skiathlon, pulling away at the top of the last uphill section. The three-time overall World Cup winner claimed his second Olympic gold medal. He was timed in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 15.4 seconds. Defending champion Marcus Hellner of Sweden took silver, with the bronze to Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby.

BIATHLON: Slovakia’s Anastasiya Kuzmina matched her gold from Vancouver in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint. Kuzmina shot flawlessly and finished in 21 minutes, 6.8 seconds. The silver medal went to Russia’s Olga Vilukhina and the bronze to Ukraine’s Vita Semerenko. Kuzmina’s brother is Russian biathlete Anton Shipulin, who was fourth Saturday.

LUGE: Felix Loch, still only 24, did it again. The German luger won his second straight Olympic gold medal, leaving the rest of the field in his icy wake. Loch completed four runs down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 3 minutes, 27.562 seconds — 0.476 seconds ahead of Russia’s Albert Demchenko, who won the silver in his seventh Olympics. Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler won the bronze, giving him a record six medals in six games.

SKI JUMPING: In control from the start, Kamil Stoch of Poland won the Olympic gold in the men’s normal hill individual ski jump. Stoch had the best jump in each round, putting first ahead of the silver medalist Peter Prevc of Slovenia and bronze medalist Anders Bardal of Norway. Thomas Morgenstern of Austria, returning from serious injuries from a fall during training a month ago, was 14th. Simon Amman of Switzerland, the defending champion from Vancouver who was seeking a record fifth Olympic gold medal, finished 17th.

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