Defago Pulls a Surprise Win in Olympic Men’s Skiing Event
Switzerland, the land closely associated with the snowy Alps, ended its drought of winter Olympics gold medal for skiing event.
Didier Defago clocked 1:54.31 in the Men’s Downhill Skiing event of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics to grab his very first Olympic medal (yes, no silver, and no bronze). He also became the oldest man to win it at the age of 32. He has never won any medals in the World Championships either.
Defago, however, won two skiing downhill events in the recent World Cup.
“It is one of the most beautiful days of my life,” said Defago after winning.
Taking in silver medal is Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway at 1:54.38. Bronze went to 2005 World Champion Bode Miller of the United States at 1:54.40.
The last time Switzerland won a gold medal in a skiing event was in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics courtesy of Pirmin Zurbriggen.
The event was actually scheduled last Saturday, February 13, but severe weather conditions made officials to push it Monday, February 15.