The 27-year-old Swede, who finished fourth in the alpine race at the Turin Games four years ago, got off to a bad start on Whistler Mountain, coming in tenth place in the first stage of the race. Yet he remained determined not to leave empty handed.
“Everything is possible,” he told Swedish television channel, SVT, before narrowing the gap from tenth to third place, behind Giuliano Razzoli of Italy and Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic.
“It was my turn today. It feels really great to come home with a medal!”
However the result meant major disappointment for the Austrian mens team which has failed to win a single medal this year, for the first time since the introduction of alpine skiiing in the Winter Olympics in 1934.