Carlo Janka wins giant slalom 

Carlo Janka of Switzerland won the Olympic gold medal in giant slalom Tuesday, adding to the world title he won last year.

The 23-year-old Swiss led after the first run and won in a two-leg combined time of 2 minutes, 37.83 seconds.

Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was 0.39 seconds back in second, jumping up from 11th after the first run, and teammate Aksel Lund Svindal earned the bronze and matched Bode Miller's three-medal tally at the Vancouver Games. Svindal won the super-G and took silver in downhill.

Miller skied out during his first run when pursuing a record fourth men's Alpine medal in a single Olympics, and Austria's "Wundersteam" was shut out of the men's medals for the fourth straight race. The Austrians had the 4-5-6 finishers in Marcel Hirscher, Romed Baumann and Benjamin Raich.

Switzerland now has two Alpine golds. Didier Defago won the downhill last week.

Janka is known as the "Iceman" at home for his cool emotions, and his celebration was typically understated. He shook his ski poles low to the ground and then raised his arms above his head, allowing himself a smile of satisfaction.

Two days earlier, Janka had walked away angrily from the super-combined, where he finished fourth.

Janka arrived at the Olympics in second place in the overall World Cup standings and was predicted by many to be a breakout star. But he was a disappointing 11th in the downhill and eighth in super-G — just 0.18 seconds behind bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht of the United States — before missing a super-combi medal by 0.22.

Jansrud had never won a top-level race but continued his recent excellent run in giant slalom. He had top-3 finishes three times in World Cup races last month.

Svindal was third after the first run but made a big mistake in the top half of his run. He sat back on his skis approaching a left-hand gate and lost speed.

Svindal's medal allowed him to tie former teammate Kjetil Andre Aamodt, who earned three medals — two silver, one bronze — on home snow at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. Aamodt also is the all-time Alpine leader with eight career Olympic medals.

Only two other men have three Alpine medals from the same games: Austria's Toni Sailer swept all three races at the 1956 Cortina Games and French great Jean-Claude Killy did the same at the 1968 Grenoble Games.

The weather-affected Alpine program is now on track with the completion of the men's giant slalom. The race was originally scheduled for Sunday but was bumped two days to accommodate the delayed men's super-combined.

Whistler has enjoyed a weeklong dry spell, although racers skied in overcast conditions Tuesday. Some rain and snow is forecast for Wednesday when the women's giant slalom is scheduled.

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