NEWS UPDATE: Austria wins gold in Team Ski Jumping; Germany wins gold in Women’s Team Sprint Free Cross Country; and Norway wins gold in Men’s Team Sprint Free Cross Country. All on Monday. More details later.
American skier Bode Miller won the gold in Super Combined Slalom Sunday, finishing 0.33 seconds ahead of Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, and 0.4 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Silvan Zurbriggen. It is Miller's first Olympic gold medal.
"When I passed the line, I did my normal thing and stood for a second and I was like, 'That was unbelievable, I can't ask for anything more'," Miller said. "For my first Olympic gold, it was absolutely perfect."
"I don't know how long we can keep this up," Miller said of the U.S. medals string, which has seen Americans win eight of 18 medals awarded so far in alpine skiing. "It's emotionally and physically exhausting."
Miller now has five Olympic medals: two silvers in Salt Lake - giant slalom and traditional two-run slalom combined; and downhill bronze, super G silver, and super combined gold at Vancouver.
The men's giant slalom is set for Tuesday, and slalom will conclude the alpine schedule Saturday.
Russian Evgeny Ustyugov won the gold in men's 15k mass start biathlon. Martin Fourcade of France won silver, and Pavol Hurajt of Slovakia won bronze.
"It hasn't sunk in yet. I still don't understand that I've won the gold," said Ustyugov, ranked third in the world.
Germany's Magdalena Neuner won her second biathlon gold of the Vancouver Games in women's 12.5k mass start biathlon. Russia's Olga Zaitseva won silver, and Germany's Simone Hauswald won bronze. Neuner, 23, also won a silver medal in the 7.5k sprint biathlon.
Top-ranked Michael Schmid of Switzerland won the first ever gold medal in ski cross freestyle on Sunday. Austria's Andreas Matt won silver, and Norway's Audun Groenvold won bronze.
Skiing and snowboarding medal events scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 are: Team Ski Jumping; Women's Team Sprint Free Cross Country; and Men's Team Sprint Free Cross Country.
(Sources: Wire services, VANOC, and U.S. Ski Team.)