Kristoffersen completes Norwegian sweep

17 January 2016 11:25
Kristoffersen in Wengen
Kristoffersen in Wengen -
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The 86th Lauberhorn races are in the books. After Kjetil Jansrud’s win in the alpine combined, Aksel Lund Svindal’s win in the downhill, another Norwegian, Henrik Kristoffersen, finished the day atop the podium after winning the slalom.

It was the first time since 1968 that one nation won all three races in Wengen, with the Austrians being the last to pull off the rare feat. 

"I had a pretty good feeling the whole way. I pushed really hard both in the first and second run. It's kind of tiring, but the feeling was good for sure. It's a little strange for me too. I'm a little surprised because I'm usually a little bit more of a technical skier, but I'm skiing pretty OK at the moment so I'm pretty happy."

The new king of the slalom was followed by the Italian duo Razzoli  and Gross. After being unlucky at the beginning of the season, the Olympic winner from Vancouver 2010 finally laid down two strong runs and claimed the second position +0.30 off Kristoffersen’s pace. With this podium, Razzoli now takes over sixth place in the season slalom ranking.

"It's important because from the start of the season, I ski very well and very fast. I'm not lucky in Val d'Isere, fourth in Campiglio, mistake in Santa Caterina, and now I am on the podium. It's important for this, I am very happy for my skiing and it's OK for the next time." said Razzoli.

Fifth in the first run, Stefano Gross pushed hard in the second run to earn his first podium of the season. The Italian, who's only World Cup win so far was in Adelboden last year, was happy with his runs.

"It’s great to be on the podium, especially since it’s unexpected on this flat slope, which is not really adapted to my skiing. Today I managed to ski how I ski in the training, attack and see what happens. I had a good feeling and the result followed naturally."

The upcoming races are all on steep slopes, so I may be able to close the gap between me and Kristoffersen.

The Audi FIS Ski World Cup will now go on to the next classic World Cup stop in Kitzbuehel, where a super-g, an alpine combined, a downhill and a slalom are scheduled between 19th and 24 January 2016.