Olympics: Eberharter strikes gold

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Stephan Eberharter claimed Austria's second gold medal in eight alpine events when he won the giant slalom.

And for the second time in eight days America's Bode Miller rallied for a silver medal.

Eberharter, the overwhelming World Cup leader claimed his first gold medal after winning silver in the super giant slalom and bronze in the downhill.

A nine–time winner during the 2001–02 season, Eberharter blitzed the field with an opening run of 1 minute 11.98 seconds and was a comfortable .88sec better than Miller with 2:23.28 after the two runs.

Lasse Kjus of Norway won his second medal of the Games, taking the bronze in 2:24.32 after winning silver behind Austria's Fritz Strobl in the downhill.

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