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Norway prevailed in a high-stakes battle of the Scandinavians to win the Alpine team parallel gold medal at the Cortina 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on Wednesday.
After defeating the defending world and Olympic champions Switzerland in the semifinals, the young Norwegian quartet were too powerful and too consistent for Sweden, who took silver, with Germany grabbing bronze.
After Thea Louise Stjernesund (NOR) won the first of the four runs in the final, Norway’s Sebastian Foss-Solevaag pulled up during his race claiming he was impeded by Sweden’s Kristoffer Jakobsen. Race directors agreed and after watching the impressive Sara Hector pull Sweden level at 1-1, Foss-Solevaag kept his cool to put Norway within touching distance of a first-ever world championship team title.
A smooth, error-free run from Fabian Wilkens Solheim then ensured the celebrations could begin for the self-styled ‘Vikings’. Sweden, who now have six world championship team medals without winning a gold, did knock out heavyweights Austria in a thrilling quarterfinal. The shocks continued, with Germany relegating Switzerland, led by the double Alpine combined world champion Wendy Holdener, into fourth position.