Austria's Marcel Hirscher won his second Olympic gold, recording two consistently fast runs to beat Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen by a wide margin in the men's alpine skiing giant slalom at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday.
Hirscher earned his second gold of the games in South Korea with a time of 2 minutes, 18.04 seconds over the two runs. He also claimed victory in the Alpine combined on Tuesday for his first gold medal in his third Winter Games.
Silver medalist Kristoffersen finished 1.27 seconds off the two-run pace followed by Alexis Pinturault of France (2:19.35), who also won bronze in this event at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
"There's always a small surprise in it if you cross the finish line and everything is perfect. But the biggest challenge today was to find the right set-up in these very aggressive, dry conditions," said Hirscher.
"We European athletes are definitely not used to this snow. So I was very thankful to make the right decisions about the set-up," added Hirscher, who finished fourth in the event at both the Vancouver and Sochi Games.
Hirscher topped the first run with a time of 1:08.27 and was second fastest in navigating the 53 gates on the latter run at Yongpyong Alpine Centre in 1:09.77.
Although he gave it a valiant effort, Kristoffersen, who topped the second run (1:09.73), could not completely erase the deficit he left himself after clocking the 10th fastest time earlier.
The 28-year-old Hirscher, who won a sixth consecutive overall World Cup title in 2017, became the 10th male Alpine skier to win multiple gold medals at a single Winter Olympics and the first since Benjamin Raich of Austria in 2006. Austrian skiers have now won a record five gold medals in this event, surpassing Switzerland.
Japan's Tomoya Ishii, 28, had a combined time of 2:24.78 to place 30th in his Olympic debut. He made up ground after coming 35th in the first run.
"The races have a special atmosphere to them at the Olympics. I wasn't able to clear the top 30 on the first run, so I wouldn't call this a day that I performed well," Ishii said.