Sunday, January 10, 2016

Henrik Kristoffersen Wins Adelboden Slalom

Adelboden (SUI) finally saw some action on the slopes today as Norwegian young gun Henrik Kristoffersen won the Audi FIS World Cup men’s under snowy, foggy skies. Henrik Kristoffersen takes his 10th career win at the slalom in Adelboden.
The 4th slalom of the season ended being extremely thrilling with Henrik Kristoffersen winning +0.06 ahead of Marcel Hirscher and +0.60 ahead of Alexander Khoroshilov.
Kristoffersen finished the first run in third place sitting 0.32 seconds off the pace, but in the second run he was flawless on the tricky ‘Zeilhang’ the last steep pitch that leads into the finish area.
Both Kristoffersen and Hirscher have finished in the top three in all four of this season’s slalom races, with the two exchanging bragging rights for the top spot. Kristoffersen has the edge after today as he was won three of the races (Adelboden, Madonna, Val d’Isere), while Hirscher has one slalom win (Santa Caterina) against the Norwegian this season.
Adelboden has been particularly good to Kristoffersen, he has been on the podium the last three seasons here, finishing in third place in slalom 2014 and also third place in the giant slalom in 2015. Hirscher is also very strong in Adelboden as he has been on the podium every year here since 2010.
Third-place finisher Khoroshillov has steadily been improving on the World Cup tour. It was his second consecutive third-place finish, and his fifth career World Cup podium.
The racers were complimentary of the course in the famous Chuenesbargli hill as they recognized the massive effort put in by the Organizing Committee to prepare for the race as yesterday’s giant slalom was cancelled due to the tough conditions of the snow.
"When you watch, it looks like it is soft, but actually it was quite icy and hard and good conditions for me", said Koroshilov after the first run.

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