Thursday, January 4, 2018

4th Crown for Marcel Hirscher in Zagreb

In front of 14000 cheering fans, Marcel Hirscher dominated the first slalom of the year in Zagreb/Sljeme and took home his third Snow Queen Trophy crown. It was his 3rd slalom win in a row and his 4th win in Zagreb The Austrian also equals Alberto Tomba in third place of all time with 50 World Cup victories.
The figures speak for themselves. What Marcel Hirscher is achieving at the moment is outstanding and with his strength, his skills on the snow and his confidence, it will be hard to stop him. Last time he won three successive slaloms were back in 2012/13, he is the only man with more than one victory in Zagreb, and with 50 wins, he equaled Alberto Tomba in third place of all time.
Even though they couldn’t prevent him from winning in the slalom in Zagreb today, two athletes were pretty close. First of all, Austrian Michael Matt could claim a fifth podium in his career. In the lead after the first run, Mario Matt’s little brother was able to fly over the ruts to limit his time loss in the second run and make the podium. With his second place in Oslo on the 1st January, it makes two second places within three days, and the next chance is coming up with another slalom in Adelboden on Sunday.
In third place, Henrik Kristoffersen had mixed feelings after his run. Even though he is happy about a third place, he couldn’t hide his disappointment due to his mistake on the flat part in the second run. Nevertheless, it’s a 7th podium placement for the Norwegian, who is now trailing Marcel Hirscher in second place in the Overall and slalom standings.

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