KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Kjetil Jansrud was in first place in the Olympic super-G on Sunday after the top 30 racers and was on the verge of capturing another gold medal in the discipline for Norway.
The only thing that could derail Jansrud was a stunning finish by one of the remaining 33 lower-ranked skiers.
Jansrud finished in 1 minute, 18.14 seconds and was in prime position to help his country win its fourth straight Olympic title in the event. Starting 29th, Andrew Weibrecht of the United States flew down the choppy course and was second, 0.30 seconds behind Jansrud.
American teammate Bode Miller and Jan Hudec of Canada were tied for third. Miller is set to become the oldest Alpine skier to medal at 36.
Norway has dominated this Olympic event, with Kjetil Andre Aamodt winning in 2002 and '06, and Aksel Lund Svindal in 2010. Svindal struggled Sunday and was in seventh place.
Weibrecht won the bronze in the super-G in 2010, but has been besieged by injuries ever since. He's a surprise medalist, especially starting so late in the race.
"It's unbelievable. I came down and knew I skied well. I knew I had a good run," Weibrecht said. "I came through the finish and appreciated my run. Then I took a couple of seconds and looked at the time, I saw two and looked away. I looked again and was like, 'You've got to be kidding me.'"
Miller wasn't surprised. He half expected Weibrecht to make a charge, even with the course running quite a bit slower at the bottom.
"With Andrew at the start, I was like, 'There's a good chance he wins this run right now,'" Miller said. "To be on the podium, it's a really big day for me. Emotionally, I had a lot riding on it. I'm super, super happy."
This will be Miller's sixth Olympic medal, moving him two behind the all-time Alpine leader Aamodt.
Miller did surpass one of Aamodt's marks, though, becoming the oldest skier to capture a medal. Aamodt was just over 34 when he won in 2006.
It's been a big Olympics for Jansrud, who also won bronze in the downhill.
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