PyeongChang, February 16, 2018 – There were four Croatian Olympians participating in the double Alpine skiing program at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang on Friday. In the Super-G race at Jeongseon, Natko Zrnčić-Dim took 29th place (2.61 seconds slower than the winner), while Filip Zubčić failed to finish the race.

 

In an extraordinarily dramatic finish, the gold medal was won by Austrian Matthias Mayer (1: 24.44), only 13 hundredths faster than the silver Beat Feuz, while the bronze went to Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, who was 18 hundredths of a second slower than the winner.

 

As per female skiers, they experienced a great Olympic challenge for the second day in a row. In the (delayed) Slalom race, Andrea Komšić was once again close to entering the elite group. In the end, she took the 31st place (7.63 seconds behind the winner), while one of the youngest in the Olympic competition, Ida Štimac, failed to reach the goal in the second run after taking the 37th place in the first run.

 

Olympic gold in Slalom ended up around the neck of the sensational winner, Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, who was not in the group of prominent favorites. Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener finished second with just five hundredths behind, while the Austrian Katharina Gallhuber took the third place. Even more surprising was that the greatest gold medal favorite - defending champion from Sochi 2014 - American Mikaela Shiffrin, did not win a medal this time but finished fourth with 40 hundredths of a second behind the winner.

 

Due to Leona Popović’s injury that occurred on Thursday, Croatia's will not have its representative in the Saturday's Super-G.

 

The skiers competed in Men's 15 km Freestyle. In the competition of 119 contestants, our representatives managed to qualify the middle part of the ranking - Krešimir Crnkovič was 47th and Edi Dadić 53rd, while gold medal was won by Switzerland’s Dario Cologna. (coc/vk)