Norway’s Sebastian Foss-Solevaag stunned the favourites in the men’s slalom to conclude the Alpine ski world championships with a sensational gold medal.
The 29-year-old claimed the biggest success of his modest career, which includes only one World Cup victory and four podiums, to end a 24-year Norwegian wait to win the event since Tom Stiansen’s 1997 victory in another Italian venue, Sestriere.
“It is a dream for me,” said Foss-Solevaag, who also struck gold in the team event, after Sunday’s victory.
“Two gold medals here – that is unbelievable. It means a lot for our team.”
Organisers decided that sunny conditions and the threat of a deteriorating piste meant only the top 15 from the first run would start in reverse order to settle the medals, rather than the usual 30, as Foss-Solevaag narrowly edged out another outsider, Adrian Pertl.
The Austrian finished 0.21 seconds back but was thrilled with silver, having dived over the line as he almost lost balance in the finish.
Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen took bronze at 0.46 seconds, the only other skier within one second of Foss-Solevaag, and was the best of the pre-race favourites.
Kristoffersen was long in the shadow of now-retired Austrian great Marcel Hirscher and admitted: “Gold for Sebastian is definitely worth more than my bronze medal. But I’m very happy.”
World Cup discipline standings leader Marco Schwarz, of Austria, was only eighth after the first run and skied out in the second.