Neureuther wins final race of the season
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – It is the final day of the season! Overcast skies with some wind and sun trying to break through the clouds greeted the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circus for the season finale. The men's slalom first run kicked off at 9:00 CET with the temperatures hovering around the freezing point.
Felix Neutreuther (GER) wins the last race of the season with an outstanding two runs. The German was leading after the first run and only increase his lead in the second leaving second ranked Marcel Hirscher 0.36 seconds behind while Ivica Kostelic took third, 0.51 seconds off Neureuther’s time.
“It’s very goo to go into the summer like that but I know I will need to work pretty hard too,” Neureuther said.
“Marcel was always the men to beat this season and I hope to do that more often next year. I’m so happy it’s over now, my back hurts and I definitely feel like an old man needs some rest,” he joked.
“The training for next season starts now and even though this was a great season, it can always be better. My Giant Slalom this season was a big surprise and it’s great having two disciplines where you can fight for a podium. The Olympics in Sochi are coming up and I hope I can keep skiing like I did – a fourth place in the Overall with just two disciplines and missing six weeks of training before the season because of my back problems is simply amazing!”
Marcel Hirscher (AUT), who has already secured the small globe for the slalom makes it his ninth World Cup podium of the season on Sunday, he equaling the all-time men's record for single-season World Cup slalom podiums, held by Ingemar Stenmark (SWE, 1976/77) and Alberto Tomba (ITA, 1991/92).
“It’s amazing, it was quite difficult keeping the pace during the whole season but I am proud that I made nearly no mistakes,” a happy Hirscher said holding his globe. “I am also really happy about the Slalom title on top of the Overall one as it’s the first time I won it.”
The World Cup season might be over, but for most racers today was just the beginning of a short break before a long period of preparation for the next one.
“For sure it’s time to relax now, I am planning to rest for a few weeks. I am really happy about the season, it was an awesome one and I look forward to the next one being the same,” the Slalom and Overall champion concluded.