Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hirscher Takes Third Slalom Victory in a Row

Marcel Hirscher made it three slalom victories in a row on the famed Adelboden Chuenisbärgli course with a 0.29 second victory over Sweden’s Andre Myhrer. Young Norwegian sensation Henrik Kristoffersen rounded out the podium 0.66 seconds behind.
Hirscher was already the only man to win multiple slalom races in Adelboden, but today he put the icing on the cake and became just the fifth man in World Cup history to win three consecutive slalom races as any venue. It was also another milestone for the Austrian star as the win marked his 25th World Cup slalom podium.
"It is really a tough hill, but it is always amazing to ski here in Adelboden", Hirscher said. "I have to say as tough as it was to ski the course today, I can’t imagine how hard it was to prepare the course with the temperatures over 10 degrees. That was definitely not easy, so thank you to the team who made it possible".
It was another difficult day for the skiers as balmy conditions made the course tough to navigate with slushy conditions. Most onlookers agreed that it was amazing that both races were able to be staged as fans in the stands cheered in t-shirts instead of jackets.
In the second run alone, five skiers did not finish including yesterday’s winner Felix Neureuther, who straddled a gate, and USA’s Ted Ligety who suffered his second DNF in as many days in Adelboden.
The Swedes and the Italians had to be pleased with their strong showing today. The two nations each placed three skiers in the Top 10. The Swedes has Myhrer on the podium, in addition to Mattias Hargen (fourth) and Markus Larsson (seventh). For Italy, the Top 10 finishers were Manfred Moelgg (fifth) Patrick Thaler (sixth) and Stefano Gross (ninth).
"It has always been a tough race for me, so to get a podium today is really great for me", said Myhrer after the race. "It was a fight all the way down, but I had a pretty good feeling. It's good to get some confidence before Sochi, but we have three more races before that, so my focus is on those".
19 year-old Kristoffersen was in awe with his podium finish, "I used to watch this race as a kid. Adelboden is one of the classics and its a spectacular hill and when you come into the final hill and see the huge crowd its pretty amazing. It's crazy with 30,000 people cheering for you when you come down, it's your moment. This finish definitely ranks pretty high on my list".

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