There aren’t too many things that Austrian Marcel Hirscher hasn’t done in his illustrious career and after today he can check another accomplishment off his list as he won his first career parallel giant slalom.
Under the lights in Alta Badia tonight, where he won yesterday’s giant slalom, Hirscher finally got the elusive parallel giant slalom win, topping surprise finalist Thibaut Favrot (FRA) in the big final. Third place went to Favrot’s teammate Alexis Pinturault, marking the second time in as many days that the French team landed two racers on the podium.
For Favrot, Alta Badia is proving to be a memorable stop on the Audi FIS World Cup tour. Last year he earned his first World Cup points here, while tonight was his first career podium finish.
Pinturault topped last year’s Alta Badia parallel giant slalom winner Matts Olsson of Sweden in the small final.
For Hirscher tonight marked a second career milestone as he earned his 62nd World Cup victory, which now puts in third place on the all-time victory list, tied with Annemarie Moser-Pröll.
The Audi FIS World Cup tour moves ahead in its intensive December program as the next stop is Saalbach (AUT) for a giant slalom and slalom, both are make-up races; for the cancelled giant slalom in Soelden and the cancelled slalom in Val d’Isere.