Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal became the oldest Olympic alpine skiing champion as he held off compatriot Kjetil Jansrud to win downhill gold. Svindal took super-G gold at Vancouver 2010 but finished a disappointing fourth when favourite for the downhill at Sochi 2014. However, the 35-year-old finished 0.12 seconds ahead of Jansrud with Swiss world champion Beat Feuz third. I'm extremely happy," said Svindal. "I think the record is a thing you think about after but right now it's just the emotions when you cross the finish line and you see that you're ahead and that's bigger than any record."
Svindal, the two-time Olympic champion and five-time world champion, came down three racers later and admitted to being nervous. He was 0.08 seconds ahead at the first checkpoint, 0.02 behind at the second, and then 0.10 adrift as he came round the final few bends of his skiing career. He soared down the hill and over the line, to almost deafening roars.