In difficult conditions, he came down seventh in the final heat and gained six tenths ahead of the Italian Filippo Della Vite, who took almost nine hundredths.
– Amazing dig with gold. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in giant slalom. At the start, I had the starting number 1, and I managed to take advantage of this position. In the final I kept good speed and it was fantastic to get the win. It was amazing fun, Olsen said in a statement to NTB.
With the triumph, he secured a place in the World Cup giant slalom final in Courchevel/Meribel next week.
The bronze medal went to Austrian Lukas Passrugger, who was the first starter in the final after a 30th place finish in the first round. He got on the podium when he set the fastest lap time by a margin of 73 hundredths.
Thus, the medal slipped narrowly for the Norwegian Oscar Zimmer, third after the first round. The ninth fastest lap in the Final sent him back to fourth place, 12 hundredths behind Passrugger.
The Norwegians had been modest in positions so far in the Junior Alpine Championship at Panorama, but on the penultimate day of the championship it was the turn of the technicians, and the Norwegians immediately set the standard.
With starting number 1, Olsen drove until a time when no one was close to discipline. After the first round, there were three Norwegians in the top four. The Italian Della Vite in 2nd place is the only one to separate them, but he is 0.69 seconds behind the leader.
Zimmer was third and Christian Oliveira Søvik fourth. Søvik struggled in the final and finished in 10th place after setting the 16th fastest lap time.
Oscar Andreas Sandvik chased in the final lap after dropping to a shared 9th place from the late starting number (31) on lap one. Eirik Hystad Solberg finished in 14th place. After the first round he was the fifth best Norwegian with a shared 12th place.
It didn’t go so well in the women’s slalom. Pernille Dyrstad Lydersen in 23rd place was the only Norwegian to earn a place when Croatia’s Zrinka Ljutic took a superior win.
Ljutic won 84 hundredths ahead of Germany’s Emma Aicher, while bronze went to Sweden’s Moa Boström Mussener.
Anine Thoresen chased on the last lap after 28th in the first, while Cathinka Lunder and Carmen Sofie Nielssen chased on the first lap.
Wednesday is slalom for the men and giant slalom for the women.
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