Kristoffersen unbeatable at Kitzbuehel's slalom

24 January 2016 15:02
Kristoffersen in Kitzbuehel
Kristoffersen in Kitzbuehel -
Agence Zoom

The Kitzbuehel weekend traditionally ended with a slalom on the Ganslern course. The hill is well-known for having a lot of tricky terrain and many athletes had to struggle with the icy rolls.

Among them, slalom World Cup leader Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR), who was only 12th after the first run due to two big mistakes. In the second run, the Norwegian lwnet to the limit and made up enough time to win his first Hahnenkamm slalom.

“I think this is one of the best second runs I've had in my entire life. That was insane,” said Kristoffersen. “I'm the first one to win Adelboden, Wengen and Kitzbuehel in the same season, and this is really unbelievable for me. This is really cool!"

Only +0.03 behind, Austria’s superstar Marcel Hirscher was close to beat Kristoffersen. Nevertheless, the 4x overall World Cup winner was happy about his performance.

"Being part of the podium here in Kitzbuehel is always a really great feeling,” said Hirscher. ”For sure, my first reaction was, 'ahh, come on! Once again, this little kid from Norway!' I am really impressed with his skiing and he reminds me of the years when I was on the top of my game. I think Henrik is in the place where he can win seven, eight, nine slalom races this season."

Fritz Dopfer (GER), who was leading after the first run, could not keep up with his strong first run, but managed to grasp the last spot on the podium.

"I am pretty happy, especially first run was amazing,” said Dopfer. “Second run also really good. It was pretty tough in the second run, the slope conditions changed a lot, it was just a real fight. I am really happy and confident with third place."

The next stop for the Audi FIS Ski World is Schladming, where a night slalom is scheduled on Tuesday 26th January 2016 (17.45 first run, 20.45 second run).