Fil-American skier Asa Miller aims to make an impact in his debut performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics when he competes in the men's giant slalom today at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"At aged 28, he's had his best season since he started skiing - already 10 victories in the World Cup, leading in GS, slalom and overall standings, and now two gold medals".
Yes, Austrian star Marcel Hirscher, coming off a gold medal in the combined event, set a blistering pace down the hill. Brittany Bowe was the highest USA finisher in fifth place.
Because of his age in a sport where nobody older than 36 ever has won an Olympic medal, it was natural for others to wonder whether this might be it for Ligety on this stage.
France's Alexis Pinturault, a silver medal-winner behind Hirscher in the combined, won bronze and also conceded there was little that could be done to stop the Austrian.
Norway's Oystein Braaten won the gold medal with a 95.0 on his first run, and Canada's Alex Beaulieu-Marchand secured bronze with a 92.4.
"Wow. It was not so easy to be the absolute favorite in this discipline, then sitting up there as the leader from the first run knowing that Henrik (Kristoffersen) ripped it". I knew I have to give 100% and I have to go into this battle. "I would've loved to have landed a run for sure".
In the lead-up to PyeongChang 2018 he said he was on a "mission" to finally win a gold, but was determined to enjoy the experience as much as possible.
Ligety's second run improved at 1:10.71.
Fourcade, the world's No. 1 biathlete, reached out his left foot ahead of Schempp as both skiers slid through the finish.
Two-time defending champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea took silver in 37.33 and Karolina Ervanova of the Czech Republic earned bronze. The Frenchman quickly slammed his ski pole to the ground thinking he'd lost the race, but replays showed he won by the narrowest of margins.