Schmid takes gold in 1st Olympic skicross event

Switzerland’s Michael Schmid has won the gold medal in the

Olympic debut of skicross, defeating Austria’s Andreas Matt in the

final.

Schmid, the World Cup leader this season, took a big lead early

in Sunday’s medal race and made it to the finish line without any

contact.

Norway’s Audun Groenvold won the bronze over Canada’s Chris Del

Bosco, who fell on the next-to-last jump.

Americans Casey Puckett and Daron Rahlves were eliminated in the

first round of the four-man heats.