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ASPEN, Colo. — It was a case of deja vu in sunny Aspen for the final men’s slalom — and the final race — of the 2016-2017 World Cup season as Sweden’s Andre Myhrer managed to repeat his season-ending win at the 2016 Finals from St. Moritz, Switzerland. The tall Swede took the race with a combined time of 1:27.97 seconds, 0.14 seconds ahead of German veteran Felix Neureuther and 0.15 seconds ahead of Austria’s Michael Matt.

Photo by GEPA / Andreas Pranter

Photo by GEPA / Andreas Pranter

Due to the warm temperatures, it was a tall order for course crews to keep the track in acceptable shape for both runs. In the first run, Marcel Hirscher set the pace with his trademark skiing, while Myhrer managed to match the Austrian turn for turn, finishing just 0.08 seconds back in second. Matt sat in fourth, 0.37 seconds back and Neureuther in sixth, 0.53 seconds out, in the tightly packed top of the standings.

Second run saw even more salt being thrown on the hill in order to harden the surface. Predictably, early racers were able to take advantage of a clean course and make significant jumps in the standings. Great Britain’s Dave Ryding sat in 20th place after the first run and jumped all the way up to eighth by virtue of the second fastest second run time. Neureuther managed to keep his composure during his run and slide into the lead by a comfortable margin and dared the rest of the field to challenge his time.

Matt looked to be on his way to the leader’s box until an ill-timed error saw the Austrian slip back into second place, only 0.01 seconds behind Neureuther. After the next racers could not challenge for the lead, Myhrer used his long frame to navigate the soft ruts with power and grace and was able to take the lead with only Hirscher left in the gate. The Austrian legend built on his advantage at the top of the course and looked to be well on his way to finishing his season with a win before letting it slip through his fingers in the final gates, moving into fourth and giving Myhrer the win.

Myhrer has struggled this season with back problems and has not been on a World Cup podium since his win at Finals one year ago. At the end of a long season, the Swede is ready for some much deserved R&R after some spring ski testing.

“The course was, of course, tough in the second run, but it held up good,” Myhrer explained. “You have to stay in the track on a day like this to really get the speed going. I had a good feeling from first run to second run and was a little bit nervous at the start, but I tried to charge it and managed to go out with a win, so I’m really happy about that; it’s been a tough season for me and it’s nice to end it this way and get some motivation for next season.”

Photo by GEPA / Andreas Pranter

Photo by GEPA / Andreas Pranter

Hirscher, despite missing the podium in the final race, captured his fourth career slalom globe and an unprecedented sixth consecutive overall title on Sunday. After such a stellar season, the Austrian admitted that after so much success this season, anything less will be a disappointment. He promised to work hard to stay at the level he is at for as long as he can.

“It is amazing,” he said after the race. “You know, we are often thinking about it – how many years it will be possible to ski on this high level – but at the moment it’s a lot of fun. I’m hoping (to stay at this level) because otherwise then it’s better to stop at the moment. But anyway, it will be a challenging summer for me and for the whole team to be in shape for next season.”

Sunday’s race wraps up the 2016-2017 World Cup season.

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Top 10

  1. Andre Myhrer (SWE) – Head / Head / Head
  2. Felix Neureuther (GER) – Nordica / Nordica / Marker
  3. Michael Matt (AUT) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  4. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  5. Manfred Moelgg (ITA) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  6. Mattias Hargin (SWE) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  7. Alexander Khoroshilov (RUS) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  8. Dave Ryding (GBR) –Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  9. Stefano Gross (ITA) – Volkl / Dalbello / Marker
  10. Luca Aerni (SUI) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  9  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  43.20  44.77  1:27.97  0.00  100.00
 2  3  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix 1984 GER  43.65  44.46  1:28.11  +0.14  1.15  80.00
 3  6  54170 MATT Michael 1993 AUT  43.49  44.63  1:28.12  +0.15  1.23  60.00
 4  7  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  43.12  45.17  1:28.29  +0.32  2.62  50.00
 5  4  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  43.66  44.74  1:28.40  +0.43  3.52  45.00
 6  8  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE  44.05  44.49  1:28.54  +0.57  4.67  40.00
 7  5  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  43.73  44.89  1:28.62  +0.65  5.32  36.00
 8  13  220689 RYDING Dave 1986 GBR  44.56  44.23  1:28.79  +0.82  6.71  32.00
 9  2  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  43.47  45.34  1:28.81  +0.84  6.88  29.00
 10  18  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI  43.99  44.86  1:28.85  +0.88  7.20  26.00
 11  24  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984 ITA  44.17  44.74  1:28.91  +0.94  7.69  24.00
 11  15  191459 LIZEROUX Julien 1979 FRA  44.10  44.81  1:28.91  +0.94  7.69  24.00
 13  21  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  44.54  44.39  1:28.93  +0.96  7.86  20.00
 14  22  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA  44.53  44.44  1:28.97  +1.00  8.18  18.00
 15  10  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI  44.24  44.80  1:29.04  +1.07  8.76  16.00
 16  17  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT  44.42  44.67  1:29.09  +1.12  9.17
 17  12  301709 YUASA Naoki 1983 JPN  44.73  44.60  1:29.33  +1.36  11.13
 18  20  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT  44.63  44.71  1:29.34  +1.37  11.21
 19  19  290732 THALER Patrick 1978 ITA  45.19  44.18  1:29.37  +1.40  11.46
 20  11  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  44.30  45.12  1:29.42  +1.45  11.87
 21  14  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER  43.92  45.60  1:29.52  +1.55  12.69
 22  25  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT  44.55  45.49  1:30.04  +2.07  16.94
 23  23  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  50.39  44.58  1:34.97  +7.00  57.29
 24  1  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  43.60  51.51  1:35.11  +7.14  58.44
Did not finish 1st run
 16  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR

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Sean Higgins
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A Lake Tahoe native and University of Vermont graduate, Higgins was a member of the Catamounts' 2012 NCAA title winning squad and earned first team All-American status in 2013. Prior to coming to SkiRacing.com, he coached U14s for the Squaw Valley Ski Team.

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