The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2014-2015 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend. Levi is ready to stage its 15th and 16th World Cup races since the first (Ladies') race was held on 28th February 2004.
The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 16th and 17th November with the following program:
Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 15.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET
Men's slalom - Sunday, 16.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET
Last year Mikaela Shiffrin put down two outstanding runs and showed once again that she is in a league of her own in Slalom. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who was in third place after the first run climbed up one place to finish in second place, 1.06 seconds behind Shiffrin. Tina Maze finished third, crossing the finish line with a combined time 1.61 seconds slower than Shiffrin’s.
After making it on the podium in all nine World Cup slalom races in the 2012-2013 season, Marcel Hirscher added a tenth one to the list. After two flawless runs, he claimed his first victory of the season. Austrian veteran Mario Matt, who was sitting in third place after the first run put down a great second run and moved one step up, finishing second, 0.62 seconds behind Hirscher.
"It’s such a good feeling, it’s not easy to be in the role of the favorite… it makes the job far from easy but on the other side this makes it definitely not boring. Now I just want to take a day off, sleep a lot, regain some energy and than I will start thinking about the next races", Hirscher said.
The big surprise of the day came from Henrik Kristoffersen who claimed his first ever top 10 today by finishing third. The 19 years old was thrilled by the result.