Hirscher takes slalom win, Kristoffersen grabs the globe
The two best slalom skiers this season are the ones that made the most out of today's race in Kranjska Gora. In the ned, both came away happy as Marcel Hirscher too the victory on the day, while Henrik Kristoffersen earned enough points to claim the slalom globe.
After winning both yesterday’s giant slalom, giving him enough points for the Overall World Cup Title and for the giant slalom globe as well, Hirscher skied relatively free of any pressure. He laid down two great runs that earned him his 39th career win.
"It was a lot of fun,“ said Hirscher. "Most of the time, I'm always thinking during the skiing, 'please not to straddle, please not to lose so much time,' because I need as many points as possible. And today, it was just for fun. It was really great, just an amazing race."
Once again, challenging weather was awaiting the Audi FIS World Cup Tour in Kranjska Gora. Heavy wet snowfall covered the race track during the night, and more than 20 cm fell overnight. With a lot of water and salt, the race line turned hard and offered great conditions for the ninth slalom race of the season.
Thanks to his brilliant performances this season and with his second-place finish today, 21 years-old Kristoffersen claimed the first globe of his career. The Norwegian, who won seven slalom races and missed the slalom podium only once this season, was overwhelmed by the globe.
"This is maybe the first time in a really long time I had to work really hard with myself and I felt the pressure a little bit,“ said Kristoffersen. "I didn't feel the pressure from the outside, but from myself. You kind of have to try and forget about the globe a little bit, forget about the slalom standings, because the most important thing is the skiing.“
Italian Stefano Gross was fourth after the first run and kept with the Hirscher and Kristoffersen in the second run and earned his third podium of the season after being third in Wengen and Stockholm.
Kranjska Gora was the last tech weekend of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour before the finals in St. Moritz. The speed teams are now heading to Kvitfjell for a Super-G and a Downhill, and the whole Tour will then get together in St. Moritz.
This slalom in Kranjska Gora was the last one for successful slalom specialist Rainfried Herbst. The Austrian can look back pn an impressive career, with 126 World Cup starts, 16 podiums, nine victories (two of them on home turf in Schladming), one Olympic medal (second in 2006 in Sestriere) and one globe for the 2009/10 Slalom standings.