Schmid bests Matt in skicross finals


WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Switzerland's Michael Schmid has won the gold medal in the Olympic debut of skicross, defeating Austria's Andreas Matt in the final.

Schmid, the World Cup leader this season, took a big lead early in Sunday's medal race and made it to the finish line without any contact.

Norway's Audun Groenvold won the bronze over Canada's Chris Del Bosco, who fell on the next-to-last jump.

Americans Casey Puckett and Daron Rahlves were eliminated in the first round of the four-man heats.