Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Henrik Kristoffersen Wins World Cup Slalom in Schladming


Henrik Kristoffersen takes his 6th season win at Schladming-Dachstein followed by Marcel Hirscher +0.61 who came back from 22nd position and Aleksandr Khoroshilov +0.77.

As usually on the Tuesday after Kitzbuehel, Schladming stages his traditional Night Slalom, the 6thof this year’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup. More than 50’000 people were present to cheer for the 83 athletes from 27 nations that kicked off the start gate today.
After second run, Germany’s Felix Neureuther was in the lead, thanks to a very strong and flawless run, red bib holder Henrik Kristoffersen was sitting in 3rd position +1.10 behind and Marcel Hirscher was only 22nd +2.59 behind due to a problem with his glasses.
But instead of destabilizing the Austrian super star, this incident pumped him up for the second run, where he managed to pull off a perfect run.
"It was a completely aggressive run", said Hirscher. "I decided that it would be better to not finish than ending up with two points for example. I tried my complete maximum to ski in the second run. Conditions were a bit challenging today and that helped me as well to make it possible. It is just a really big present I got today".
For a long time, no one skied anyhow as fast as Hirscher, until last year’s winner Alexander Khoroshilov came down. He laid down a strong run, with a very fast finish and ended only +0.16 behind current leader Hirscher.
"The course was really good, as every year, so I was really happy to ski here", said Khoroshilov.
After Khoroshilov, it was up to this year’s king of slalom to prove once again he is the fastest slalom skier. And he did it! For the 6th time this season, and as a 4 back-to-back wins after Adelboden, Wengen, Kitzbuehel, Kristoffersen claimed the first spot on the podium in Schladming.
"There was this Austrian guy in the start box shouting, 'Ah, Marcel is still in the lead!' so that was a little annoying", said Kristoffersen. "With the way I'm skiing at the moment, I knew that if I skied OK without too many big mistakes, it would be possible. It was really bumpy, but the bottom part was actually pretty good, I could ski pretty normal there, but the top was really rutted. I knew I had to push it the whole way, and now we're standing here".

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