PYEONGCHANG : Skier Mikaela Shiffrin opened her delayed Olympics with victory as full competition resumed on Thursday after days of wind disruption.

The 22-year-old Shiffrin kicked off her bid for multiple titles at the Pyeongchang Winter Games with a storming second run in the giant slalom, ending a nervous wait after it was postponed because of high winds on Monday.

The Sochi 2014 slalom champion from America sank to her knees and dissolved in tears after her powerful descent brought her gold from Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel by 0.39 seconds.

"I don't know how to explain it. It's crazy. There's so much emotion," Shiffrin said. "To come to the Olympics after some tough races on the World Cup circuit and to charge like that -- I risked it on the second run -- it's super-cool."

Earlier, Aksel Lund Svindal, 35, became the Olympics' oldest alpine ski champion in the men's downhill, with Kjetil Jansrud completing a Norwegian one-two. Svindal, coming to the end of a stellar career, clocked 1min 40.25sec down the 3km Jeongseon course to hand Norway its first Olympic downhill gold.

Frenchman Pierre Vaultier retained his snowboard cross title and Norway's Ragnhild Haga won the women's 10km cross-country race. In biathlon, Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe won the men's 20km and Hanna Oeberg of Sweden triumphed in the wind-rescheduled women's 15km. Norwegian skier Ragnhild Haga won the women's 10km cross-country. Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen broke a Dutch stranglehold on the speed skating titles with victory in the 10,000m, clocking a Games-record 12mins 39.77sec. And Germany won a thrilling team relay to finish the luge competition with three out of four golds and extend their lead at the top of the overall medals table with nine, ahead of Norway on six. The winds dropped markedly on Thursday after skiing and biathlon were both postponed a day earlier and organisers were forced to close off the Gangneung Olympic Park for safety reasons.

 Sixteen people were hurt at the Olympic Park precinct, which houses four ice sports venues, as tents, signs, fences and other equipment were damaged by the wind on Wednesday.

Friday sees seven more gold medals up for grabs with Shiffrin returning to action in the women's slalom. There will also be intense interest in men's figure skating, where Japanese star Yuzuru Hanyu will make his first competitive appearance since injuring ankle ligaments in November.

 

 

women’s giant slalom

American Mikaela Shiffrin got off to a dream start in her quest to win multiple gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics by storming to victory in the giant slalom.

Men's downhill

Aksel Lund Svindal claimed gold in the men's downhill, leading Kjetil Jansrud in a Norwegian one-two.

10,000m speed skating

Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen broke the Netherlands' speed-skating stranglehold as he upstaged Dutch master Sven Kramer to win the 10,000m in a Games-record time.

Men's snowboard cross

Frenchman Pierre Vaultier retained his Olympic snowboard cross title after only scraping into the final following a fall in the semis.

Luge team relay

Germany won the team relay to make it three out of four luge titles in Pyeongchang.

Women's 10km cross-country

Norway's Ragnhild Haga won her first Olympic title with victory in the women's 10km cross-country race.

Men's 20km biathlon

Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe outshone his French rival Martin Fourcade to seal his first Olympic title in the men's 20km individual biathlon.

Women's 15km biathlon

Sweden's Hanna Oeberg wept tears of joy after winning the women's 15km individual biathlon.