Friday, December 22, 2017

Marcel Hirscher Shines at Madonna di Campiglio

The pattern "1. Kristoffersen, 2, Hirscher" that was recurrent in the two past seasons is broken, as Marcel Hirscher takes the win on the famous "Canalone Miramonti" in Madonna di Campiglio. The podium of the exciting night race is completed by Switzerland's Luca Aerni +0.04 behind and Henrik Kristoffersen +0.05 off the pace.
It was a very tight race tonight in Madonna di Campiglio. Already in the first run, the 30 qualified racers were all within +1.67 seconds, and after the second run, the podium holds within +0.05. Daniel Yule from Switzerland was only +0.07 off the pace today, and ends in fourth place for the second time this season.
In this race of small margins, Henrik Kristoffersen was able to move up from his fifth place in the first run and claim his sixth podium of the season. The Norwegian focused a lot on giant slalom lately and didn’t dedicate as much time to slalom as usual, which explains why he didn’t win yet this season. However, being constantly in second place still ensured him the red leader bib of the discipline.
Luca Aerni from Switzerland became an Alpine Combined World Champion last year, but never reached a podium on the World Cup circuit so far. Today, two solid and flawless runs allowed him to earn the first slalom podium for Switzerland since January 2010.
In the lead after the first run, Marcel Hirscher didn’t have a big margin on his contenders and had a pretty wild run down the Canalone Miramonti. But in the end, the +0.04 hundredths were on his side and the Austrian, very relieved when he saw his time written in green, could celebrate his 49th World Cup win.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour now takes a very short Christmas break, before heading to Bormio for the traditional downhill on 28th of December and an Alpine Combined on the 29th.

Last season, Marcel Hirscher wrote alpine skiing history by winning the Overall globe for the sixth time in a row. No one ever achieved this feat. Incredibly solid and constant in the tech disciplines, strong enough in speed and in a great shape throughout the whole season, the Austrian impressed and became the greatest World Cup skier ever.
Marcel Hirscher collected his fourth career slalom and GS globes. It capped off a career-best season for the Austrian technical ace with two World Championship titles, two discipline globes, and his sixth consecutive Overall title.
"It is amazing. You know, we are often thinking about it – how many years it will be possible to ski on this high level – but at the moment it’s a lot of fun", said Hirscher. "Well, I’m hoping for it [to get even better] because otherwise then it’s better to stop at the moment. But anyway, it will be a challenging summer for me and for the whole team to be in shape for next season".
Hirscher's sixth crystal globe bettered the record of Luxembourg's Marc Girardelli (1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993) and equaled the ladies' mark set by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proll (1971-1975, 1979).

Born in Annaberg-Lungötz, Salzburg, on March 2, 1989. Hirscher made his World Cup debut in March 2007.

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 12
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums: 7
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 4

Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st
Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 2nd
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 2nd
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Alpine combined 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Alpine combined 2nd
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 4
Olympic Winter Games Medals: 1 (2nd in Slalom in Sochi 2014)

FIS World Cup Starts: 210
FIS World Cup Podiums: 113. On January 7, 2017 Hirscher achieved his 100th podium from 191 starts (a ratio of 52.3%) with a 2nd place finish in the Giant slalom in Adelboden.
FIS World Cup Victories: 49 (22 Slalom, 24 GS, 2 City Events, 1 Super-G)

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