American Ryan Cochran-Siegle takes silver in the Olympic super-G; Austrian Matthias Mayer wins gold


BEIJING — Austrian skier Matthias Mayer defended his super-G title Tuesday at the Beijing Games and added a third Olympic gold medal to his collection.

Mayer broke Norway’s 16-year hold on the men’s Olympic super-G title when they won gold at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018. It was four years after winning the downhill title at the Games Sochi Olympics.

Mayer, 31, also clinched bronze on Monday in the postponed men’s downhill. Swiss rival Beat Fuez won that event but skied near the top in Tuesday’s race.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle, an American from Vermont, was second, 0.04 seconds behind Mayer.

“What’s up Vermont?” Hope it holds up,” Cochran-Siegle, 29, said after crossing the finish line.

Cochran-Siegle’s silver medal came almost 50 years to the day after her mother, Barbara Ann, won gold in the slalom at the 1972 Sapporo Games.

World Cup super-G leader Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway finished third, 0.42 behind Mayer, on the course known as The Rock.

Swiss Marco Odermatt was among the favorites but lost control in a corner and crashed out shortly before the end of the course. Odermatt was slower than Kilde at the final checkpoint.

Odermatt, 24, put his hands on his helmet as he skied downhill, then rested his head on the barrier near the finish line. Odermatt, competing in her first Olympics, finished seventh in the downhill.

Kilde and Odermatt have dominated the super-G this season. Kilde won three of five World Cup races in the discipline to lead the standings ahead of Odermatt, who won the other two. Mayer is third in the standings.

Kilde is still looking for his first major championship victory. He finished fifth in Monday’s downhill in what was then his best result in nine Olympic starts.

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