Sunday, January 29, 2017

Outstanding Victory for Marcel Hirscher in Garmisch-Partenkirchen


Lately, the Giant Slalom is marked by a duel between Alexis Pinturault and Marcel Hirscher, the two racers sharing 13 wins in the last 16 races in that discipline. Today’s race on the Kandahar in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was a little different.It was a clear victory in the men’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Giant Slalom race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Marcel Hirscher won the World Cup men's Giant Slalom +1.50 ahead of Matts Olsson and +1.95 of Stefan Luitz.
Hirscher laid down two great runs (second in the first one and first in the second one) to claim his second Giant Slalom victory of the season. It was Hirscher’s 43rd career World Cup win. It was also his 20th Giant Slalom win. With his 20th victory in slalom claimed last week in Kitzbuehel, Hirscher became the second man to reach 20 World Cup wins in two different disciplines, feat achieved only by Ingemar Stenmark so far. Hirscher also made a big step forward in the Overall standings, where he is in the lead with 1260 points, followed by Kristoffersen with 828 points.
"For sure, I take this victory, and I’m super happy", Hirscher said. "It was a really tough racing day today here in Garmisch as all the races this weekend so far, and luckily, back on the podium in GS as well, and that is very good for today, and I’m already looking forward to Sweden".Surprising third after the first run, Sweden’s Matts Olsson confirmed his excellent shape in the second run and finished in second place. Coming back from an ACL injury contracted last season, Olsson is signing another strong result, after a 6th place in Adelboden. The Swede’s best result so far was 4th place in the Giant Slalom in St-Moritz 2014, so he will definitively be one to watch in the upcoming World Championships.
"First run, I had a great feeling from top to bottom", he shared. "Sure, I was a little bit surprised that I was third. Second run was, for sure, tougher from the conditions. It was bumpy. It was dark".Local Stefan Luitz delighted the crowd with his 4th career podium. Despite good and constant results last year and this season, the German didn’t manage to create the exploit and climb on the podium again since his third place in Are 2014. But something triggered in front of his home crowd and after a great performance in the first run (5th, +0.96 behind), Luitz managed to hold on to a podium placement and ranked third.

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