Matti Nykanen was at it again, leading Finland to the top in the team 90-meter event and becoming the first athlete in these Olympics to win three golds.
World champion Vreni Schneider of Switzerland won the gold in the women's giant slalom, catching a break when first run leader Blanca Fernandez Ochoa of Spain fell about halfway down the second run down Mount Allan. Christa Kinshofer-Guethlein of West Germany won the silver and Maria Walliser of Switzerland captured her second bronze of the Games. Defending gold medalist Debbie Armstrong was 13th and U.S. teammate Tamara McKinney fell on the first run.
Thomas Mueller held off Switzerland's Fredy Glanzmann on the final lap of the 3x10 kilometer ski relay to give West Germany a gold medal in the team competition. West Germany had led after Tuesday's 70-meter ski jumping. Switzerland, making its Olympic debut in the event, won the silver medal and Austria the bronze as favored Norway finished fourth.
The Soviets, considered the favorites to win the gold medal after going 5-0 in pool play, began medal-round play impressively, shutting out Canada, 5-0. They scored two goals in the second period and three in the third to clinch at least a bronze. The Soviets' next opponent, top-seeded Sweden, eliminated Czechoslovakia from gold medal contention with a 6-2 victory. In the other medal-round game, Finland had an easy time with West Germany, 8-0.