Alpine ski racing Friday saw a very tight men's Super-G, a spectacular crash, and a second medal for Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal. Norway's Marit Bjoergen won her second gold medal of the Games, this one in women's 15k cross country pursuit.
Svindal won the gold medal in men's Super-G Friday, edging out Americans Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht, who won silver and bronze. Svindal's time was 1:30.34; Miller was 0.28 seconds behind that, and Weibrecht 0.03 seconds behind Bode.
"It was good but it's hard to talk about perfect," Svindal said.
Svindal won a silver medal in downhill on Monday.
"The times were unbelievably close together and that's unusual," Miller said of the Super-G. "It's really unusual to be just on the very front side of six guys all within one-tenth of a second. I've always believed in skiing all the events and trying to win all the events. I've been a really strong big event skier since I was little."
Miller roared through the top section of the course, lost some time on the Coach's Corner, a steep, sweeping turn toward the end of the course, but wound up in first - until Svindal's almost perfect run.
"The first 30 seconds, I was absolutely cutting off the line, the maximum I could do, and made no errors," Miller said. "I got bounced around a little bit. When the snow changed on the bottom, I ran into the same problem I did in the downhill.
"I thought I would have been fifth or sixth, but when you look at the times, I easily could have been. This is as close as any race I've seen between second and fifth or sixth place."
A margin of 0.12 seconds separated second and seventh place in icy conditions that tripped up many of the top contenders.
Svindal had the cleanest run of the day, gaining time at the bottom where Bode said he ran out of gas a little bit.
"Not that it would have made that much difference," Miller said. "It may have cleared a couple of hundredths off guys, but I don't think I would have gotten Aksel."
Swedish ski racer Patrik Jaerbyn, 41, crashed on the men's Olympic Super-G after clipping a gate on Friday. He was airlifted off the mountain by helicopter.
Bjoergen won the women's 15k cross country pursuit. Sweden's Anna Haag won the silver, and Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk won bronze. Bjoergen, 28, from Trondheim, posted a time of 39 minutes 58.1 seconds. Haag was 8.9 seconds behind her, and Kowalczyck wa 0.4 seconds behind Haag.
Bjoergen won gold in the women's individual sprint classic on Wednesday, and bronze in women's 10k freestyle cross country on Monday.
Skiing and snowboarding medal events scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20 are: Women's Super G; Ski Jumping, Large Hill; and Men's 30k Pursuit Cross Country.
(Sources: Wire services, VANOC, and U.S. Ski Team.)