• Reuters


Clement Noel scorched the ‘Ice River’ course in a stunning second run to win the men’s slalom event at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday — France’s first Alpine skiing gold in Beijing.

The 24-year-old, who finished fourth in slalom and the mixed team event four years ago in Pyeongchang, was sixth-fastest in the first run, but stormed down in a blistering 49.79 seconds in his second to take the title.

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