Austrian snowboarder Benjamin Karl loses out on promised trip to Hawaii after earning bronze medal

Austrian snowboarder Benjamin Karl had extra incentive to win men's snowboard parallel giant slalom – a trip to Hawaii.

"The president of the Austrian Ski Federation said to me, 'If you win the Olympics, I will pay for you to go on holiday to Hawaii.'" Karl said.

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Sadly, Karl, who won silver in the Vancouver Games in 2010, finished as the bronze medalist on Saturday after beating Italy's Aaron March.

But Karl hasn’t lost hope. He’s making a plea for a consolation prize for adding to Austria’s 17 medals in Sochi.

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“Maybe he will give me a trip to Egypt,” he said.

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