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Marco Odermatt Claims Giant Slalom Gold at Winter Olympics in Beijing

Marco Odermatt has Claimed Giant Slalom Gold at Winter Olympics in an unpredictable race, as conditions caused havoc on the course.

Marco Odermatt fulfilled his billing as favourite for giant slalom gold at the Winter Olympics as he shrugged off extremely challenging conditions to win the title in Beijing.

Heavy snow and poor visibility caused havoc, with several contenders for the medals struggling to deal with the weather, but the Swiss sensation kept his cool to win ahead of Slovenia’s Zan Kranjec and Mathieu Faivre of France.

Conditions were tough with heavy snow falling on a course which is put together using manufactured snow, with mist and fog also causing issues with visibility, prompting complaints from some of the skiers. At one stage, the first run looked like it might be cancelled midway through, and the second was delayed by over an hour.

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