Saturday, March 3, 2018
Marcel Hirscher Takes Victory in Kranjska Gora and the Giant Slalom Globe
There is like a “déjà vu” when you look at today’s giant slalom results from Kranjska Gora. Only two weeks after the Olympic race, the same athletes make it on the podium on the Podkoren course: Marcel Hirscher, Henrik Kristoffersen, and Alexis Pinturault.
The Olympic Champion from PyeongChang 2018 has an incredible momentum. After collecting two gold medals at the Olympics, Marcel Hirscher grabs a 56th World Cup win, the 27th in giant slalom, the 11th of this season. This one had a particular meaning for the Austrian superstar as he scored his first World Cup podium on this course ten years ago. Ten years of professional ski racing at such a level is pretty impressive. With this win, he also put the hammer down on his contenders for the cup standings. Besides winning the giant slalom on the Podkoren course, he also secured the crystal globe in that discipline. The 5th in giant slalom, the 15th in total.
Henrik Kristoffersen is constantly close behind Marcel Hirscher this season. The slalom whiz focused on his second discipline a lot in training and made consequent progress in the giant slalom, earning four second places and scoring Top 5 results in all GS events this season. Even if it wasn’t enough to defeat Marcel Hirscher, the Norwegian is proud of his results in that discipline.
Frenchman Alexis Pinturault is the only other winner of a giant slalom this season. Actually, he is the only men not named “Marcel Hirscher” that was able to win a GS since December 2016. Struggling to ski at his highest level at the beginning of the season, Pinturault now found his groove and after earning the bronze medal at the Olympics, he takes his fourth season podium and the 45th in career.