Marcel Hirscher leading first run in Beaver Creek's giant slalom
After a snowy, windy Saturday’s race with flat light, everything came back to normal for Sunday’s giant slalom from a meteorological point of view and Beaver Creek could enjoy a perfect bluebird day. However, from the race’s perspective, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom was agitated all the way through the race.
First, Marcel Hirscher pulled off a solid run and took over the lead of this first run.
Then, three athletes from the top 7 did not finish the race. Sölden’s winner and local hero Ted Ligety, Sölden’s 2nd Thomas Fanara, and runner-up Alexis Pinturault all crashed and didn’t cross the finish line. Pinturault hit his head pretty hard on the hard snow and was transported to the Vail Valley Medical center for further examination.
Soon after, Victor Muffat-Jeandet and Henrik Kristoffersen tied for second place +0.52 seconds behind Hirscher.
But then, two athletes skied out a podium placement from outside the top 15 leader group. Germany’s Stefan Luitz laid down a strong run and finished 2nd with bib number 19, and veteran Andre Myhrer from Sweden attacked from the back and grabbed the 3rd place of this first run.
Things then aligned for 7 athletes that qualified for the second run coming from outside the top 30 group. Among them, 3 racers had never qualified for a second run in GS before: Italy’s Tonetti Riccardo (14th), Canada’s Erik Read (23th) and Windingstad Rasmus (30th).
Let’s see who can keep up the good shape in the second run. Tune in at 12.45 local time (20.45 CET) to know who will win the second giant slalom of this World Cup season.