Winter Olympics: Schneider sates lust for gold

Vreni Schneider signed off from the Olympics yesterday by winning a record third gold medal with a second-run surge that swept her from fifth to first in the women's slalom, writes Bill Scott from Lillehammer. The 29-year-old Swiss has now taken more alpine Games honours than any other woman, having won two golds in Calgary, in 1988, and a gold, silver and bronze hat-trick from this week in Norway. 'This is a dream,' Schneider said. 'After a fairly poor first run I was nervous before the second. But I gave it everything.' She put her experience to good use in a second run that brought her victory in 1min 56.01sec. Austria's Elfie Eder won silver, in 1:56.35, and Katja Koren, the first-run leader from Slovenia, took the bronze.