Sunday, November 16, 2014

Henrik Kristoffersen Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi

 

Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway won the World Cup men's slalom opener, beating the world champion Marcel Hirscher by 0.12 seconds in foggy conditions on Sunday.
Last year Henrik Kristoffersen claimed in Levi his first ever top 10 by finishing third.
The 20-year-old Kristoffersen had a combined time of 1 minute, 50.39 seconds, after the Austrian led after the first run on the Finnish Arctic slope in Levi.
Germany's Felix Neureuther — eighth after the first run — finished third, 1.31 seconds behind Kristoffersen. Sebastian-Foss Solevaag of Norway came fourth.
Olympic champion Mario Matt of Austria failed to finish after his boot hit the snow, causing him to slide off the course in the first run.
Kristoffersen, who was just six-hundredths-of-a-second behind Hirscher after the first run, surged ahead with the day's fastest time 54.31 as the northern darkness set in.
"I'm probably never going to do a perfect run", he said. "It's always possible to ski faster, and there's always things you can do better".
Marcel Hischer described the Levi race as "an unbelievable fight" between him and Kristoffersen for the top podium spot, but said he was "0.1 percent" disappointed that he was beaten. "But I need to be more focussed and concentrated tobeing faster", he said.
Marcel Hirscher made his 60th career World Cup podium and increased his overall standings lead to 60 points over German Fritz Dopfer.Hirscher leads the overall World Cup standings with 180 points followed by Germany's Fritz Dopfer with 120. Kristoffersen is third with 100 points.
The Men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a downhill and super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada on November 26,

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