Swiss Schmid wins first ski cross Olympic gold at Vancouver Games

08:47, February 22, 2010      

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Michael Schmid of Switzerland snatched the first ever ski cross Olympic gold as he pushed himself forward in the men's ski cross final at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games on Sunday.

Schmid led the qualification in one minute and 12.53 seconds and kept finishing the following three knockout stage races first to advance into the big final.

Then the 25-year-old construction worker overcame strong opponent Andreas Matt of Austria to win the Olympic debut event.

World champion Matt finished second and Norwegian Audun Groenvold grabbed the bronze medal.

Canadian hopeful Christopher Delbosco fell off after a big jump and failed to finish.

Source: Xinhua
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