Newspaper front pages said it all: from confidence to despair, hope and finally jubilation, they spanned the whole range of emotions that animated ski-mad Austria at the World Ski Championships.
Austria's Marcel Hirscher poses with his gold medal on the podium after the men's slalom at the 2013 Ski World Championships in Schladming, Austria on February 17, 2013. The world championships ended on a high for ski-mad Austria with a smashing final slalom gold by young star Hirscher.
Ahead of the two-week event, it was already clear the ski nation would struggle to equal its 2011 medal sweep when the Austrian women took five medals, including four gold, with two more from the men.
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