Kristoffersen gives 3Tre a one-man show
Take-all Norway’s team swept out the field even in Madonna di Campiglio, as 21-year-old Henrik Kristoffersen racked up his 5th career slalom win overall in Audi FIS Ski Men's World Cup. An amazing audience of around 15,000 people framed the 62nd edition of 3Tre night slalom attending an absolute one-man show: Kristoffersen finished in an aggregate 1 minute, 37.80 seconds, taking his second seasonal triumph after the one in Val d’Isere ten days earlier.
Finally returned as World Cup permanent fixture, the legendary Italian slalom lived up to expectations exciting ski fans even though Kristoffersen had his hands over the victory since the first run, as the rest of the field was more than a second off his timing.
"It was so bumpy. It was breaking through a little bit on the steep part. I had a few close calls, just like in Val d'Isere, but that's the way it is in alpine skiing, I'd rather be on the limit. Now I'm skiing so good that I can stay on my skis being on the limit and it's perfect."
Second-place Marcel Hirscher of Austria was 1.25 behind. It's the second time that Kristoffersen deprives Hirscher from a win in slalom this season.
"Yes, I'm impressed with Kristoffersen's skiing, but I'm not surprised that he is dominating at the moment in slalom, we have seen that already in Val d'Isere. There is no way at the moment if he is making no mistakes to beat him. He is the man to beat at the moment, definitely in slalom, and maybe in two months as well in GS."
But the surprise of the day came from Hirscher's countryman Marco Schwarz who earned his first World Cup podium ever, trailing by 1.59.
"Unbelievable. My second run was really good, no mistakes and third place, cool thing. In Val d'Isere, I made my first World Cup points with 18th place, and now I am on the podium. It's so cool, it was a great race."
Italian Giuliano Razzoli lost the podium spot for just 0.08, placing fourth. Last year’s Felix Neureuther (Germany) did not finish the second run.
(courtesy of 3Tre)