Family comes first – and second – in men’s individual skimo

LAUSANNE, Jan 10 - Switzerland’s brilliant Bussard brothers continued the host nation’s great start to the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games by taking gold and silver in the men’s ski mountaineering individual event.

Thomas Bussard took the first men’s gold medal of the Lausanne 2020 YOG on Friday, with his twin brother Robin claiming silver.

“I have no words,” said Thomas after the race. “It is just incredible to be the first Youth Olympic champion. To be first place, and in second place to be my brother, it is just incredible. This is the best day of my life.”

Thomas Bussard (SUI) during the men's individual ski mountaineering event | Ben Queenborough for OISphotos.com

The Bussards capped a great day for Switzerland at Villars Winter Park after their teammates Caroline Ulrich and Thibe Deseyn finished one-two respectively in the women’s individual event.

The brothers showed their class during the race, working together to set a strong pace on a course that proved difficult for some of the less experienced athletes in the 24-strong field.

“I’m pretty happy,” said Robin. “It is amazing for it to finish this way.”

Nils Oberauer finished third, winning Austria’s first medal of the Games.

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Oberauer admitted that the Bussards had proved too strong on this occasion, but that he and the other athletes would regroup for Monday’s sprint event.

“Come and look, there is still the sprint,” he said, in a bid to encourage more Austrian fans to Villars.”

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By Olympic Information Service

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