On the slopes of Rosa Khutor, the men’s Giant Slalom competitions have concluded to decide the winners in three categories - standing, sitting and visually impaired.
Among visually impaired athletes, Canadian Mac Marcoux led the field. He completed his first attempt with a margin of 2.39 seconds and finished second in the next heat. Although he did not top the heat, the total time for Marcoux was ahead of his nearest rival, Jakub Krako of Slovakia, by 2.04 seconds, and he secured gold with a time of 2 minutes and 29.62 seconds. Slovakia's Krako earned the silver medal and Russia's Valery Redkozubov took third place with a final time of 2 minutes and 33.57 seconds.
Frenchman Vincent Gauthier-Manuel was the giant slalom winner in the standing category. He finished both races to post a time of 2 minutes and 25.87 seconds, giving him his first gold medal in Sochi. Until now, Gauthier-Manuel had only stood on the podium to collect bronze (in downhill) and silver (in the slalom). Russian Alexey Bugaev was just 2 seconds short of becoming a three-time Olympic champion. He lost out to the Frenchman by 1.43 seconds in the first round and then by 0.57 seconds in the following round, but still earned a giant slalom silver medal. The bronze medal went to Austrian Markus Salcher, who finished 2.27 seconds behind the winner.
In the men's sitting category, Switzerland Christoph Kunz took the lead and with a time of 2 minutes and 32.73 seconds won the gold medal, which is the first medal for Switzerland at these Games. The silver medal went to Corey Peters of New Zealand. Peters was in first place after the first run, but he finished sixth in his second run, meaning his total time was 0.47 seconds behind Kunz. Roman Rabl of Austria won the bronze medal, trailing Kunz by 0.58 seconds.