Alpine skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics is quickly becoming a family affair.
Thanks to a magnificent slalom run, Strolz captured Olympic gold in the men’s combined 34 years after his father, Hubert Strolz, won gold in the very same event at the Calgary Winter Games. They are the first father-son duo to win the same discipline in the history of Alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics.
The younger Strolz was fourth after the downhill portion of the event, trailing Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde by three-quarters of a second. But the Austrian was over a half-second better than anyone in the slalom, out-performing eventual silver medalist Kilde by a total time of 0.59.
The 29-year-old Strolz, who holds just one career World Cup podium – a slalom victory last month in Adelboden, Switzerland – was not among those favored for a medal.
Kilde, who is in a relationship with U.S. skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin, earned his second medal of the 2022 Winter Games.
Canada’s James Crawford took bronze, becoming the first from his nation to win a medal in the event.
No Americans were entered to compete in the men’s combined. It was the first time in Winter Olympics history the United States did not enter any athletes in an Alpine skiing event, according to Olympedia.com.