Marco Odermatt, world champion
Swiss Marco Odermatt has become Alpine skiing world champion for the first time. The 25-year-old won the gold medal in the downhill event in Courchevel, France.
Odermatt edged out Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde by just 48 hundredths of a second and Canada's Cameron Alexander by 89 hundredths of a second.
"I knew I had a good chance to win. I gave it my best and took my best risks because I knew that was the only way I could beat my rivals. It was a perfect race, and now I'm enjoying these moments." said Marco Odermatt after the race.
Marco Odermatt can also conquer the Alpine Skiing World Cup this season. He is the leader of the standings and 313 points ahead of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.
Norwegian Gyda Westvold Hansen, meanwhile, has scored her 10th win in the current World Cup in the Nordic combined event. In the Schonach stage in Germany, Westvold Hansen had the best jump of 99.5 metres and was 30 seconds ahead of compatriot Ida Marie Hagen in the cross-country race.
The final round of the Nordic combined World Cup is scheduled for 8-12 March in Oslo, Norway.