Winter Olympics in Brief: Razzoli follows the Tomba tradition to take gold for Italy

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Giuliano Razzoli gave Italy its first gold medal of the Vancouver Games with victory in the men's slalom. Razzoli, making his Olympics debut, led after the first leg and clinched gold with a combined time of one minute 39.32 seconds to become the first Italian man to win an Alpine medal since Alberto Tomba in 1994. Croatia's Ivica Kostelic took the silver 0.16sec back and the bronze went to Sweden's Andre Myhrer, 0.44sec adrift. Austria's Benjamin Raich, the defending champion, was fourth but the American Bode Miller lost his chance of becoming the first man to win four Alpine medals at the same Olympics when he straddled the fifth gate in Saturday's foggy conditions. "It's a dream, I worked a long time for this day. It's incredible," said Razzoli.

Holcomb holds sway as US deny Germany

bobsleigh United States, piloted by Steven Holcomb, took the gold medal to deny Germany's Andre Lange a third successive four-man Olympic title and prevent the two-man champion from a golden double as the final medals were won on the notorious Whistler Sliding track. Holcomb, going last, delivered a clean final run in 51.52 seconds for an overall winning time of three minutes 24.46sec, 0.38sec faster than Lange's Germans, with Canada One – piloted by Lyndon Rush – finishing in third place to claim a bronze for the hosts.