(CNN)He’s considered by many as the best skier of his generation, but Olympic gold had always eluded Marcel Hirscher until now.
The 28-year-old Austrian superstar finally clinched his first Olympic title with victory in the combined event at PyeongChang 2018.
Hirscher kept in touch with a respectable time in his unfavored downhill discipline and then unleashed his slalom skills to overhaul the field at a windy Jeongseon Alpine Centre Tuesday.
“I killed it,” Hirscher told reporters after finishing 0.23 seconds ahead of Alexis Pinturault of France and 1.02 seconds clear of Victor Muffat-Jeandet, also of France.
“It is something really special and unexpected.”
Hirscher’s previous best result at an Olympics had been one silver medal from Sochi four years ago after leaving Vancouver 2010 empty handed.
“I’m super happy that this stupid question mark over my career has been removed,” he said.