What is there left to say about Marcel Hirscher? The Austrian captured his 57th World Cup win and on Sunday when he won the slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, completing his sweep of the weekend’s races. Oh, and barring absolute disaster, he’s also poised to win an unprecedented seventh — yes, seventh — World Cup overall title in a row when the season concludes later this month.

Morning fog gave way to afternoon sunshine in the tiny Slovenian town sandwiched between the Italian and Austrian borders with two challenging sets and some inconsistent course conditions causing trouble for many racers in the field. Hirscher, however, never looked to be in doubt as he charged his way to the win, leaving second-place finisher Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway 1.22 seconds behind. Surprise Olympic silver medalist Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland continued his breakout year, finishing in third for his first World Cup slalom podium.

It’s hard to find the right words to describe the weekend Hirscher had. Clinching three crystal globes, back-to-back wins, and the anniversary of his first World Cup podium finish 10 years ago make for quite the two days. Naturally, the Austrian is feeling the effects of a season’s worth of pressure and expectations finally being lifted.

“I’m really, really tired at the moment because the pressure was pumping up in the last two days,” Hirscher said. “It is definitely not easy to handle these tough races. Yesterday’s second run was really hard and today it was always tricky to gain some time but finally I was able to win both races.”

The Austrian leads Kristoffersen by 289 points in the overall standings with only the final two regular season speed races left on the schedule as well as World Cup finals. Mathematically, Kristoffersen is still in the running although Hirscher would have to sit out the rest of the season and Kristoffersen would have to win the final slalom and GS races as well as pick up a win in either downhill or super-G, events he has never raced at the World Cup level.

“I never, never expected that I was going to win this year’s overall World Cup title but it is here, it is real, and it is so great,” he added. “I think in 10 years, when I am really off of skiing and really have a little bit more distance from being an active athlete, then I think I am able to realize how crazy these last seven years were.”

It was also Kristoffersen’s second podium in as many days. Although it was a year of more than a few frustrations for the Norwegian, Kristoffersen was nonetheless happy with the progress he has made in recent years and looks forward to shrinking the gap between he and Hirscher in the coming seasons.

“It was OK,” he said. “I think I’ve skied better before but first run I didn’t really hit the setup right, I had some problems with the grip on the steep and that’s where I lost a lot of time to Marcel. It was strange because the conditions were so uneven and I chose a little bit wrong with the setup and that hurt me. I tried but at the moment, Marcel is just a little bit better.”

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Zenhausern sat 10th after the first run and was able to set the second-fastest second run on a quickly deteriorating course and jump up seven places in the standings, much like his silver-medal performance from PyeongChang. Although the tall Swiss won the city event in Stockholm just prior to the Olympics, Sunday was his first World Cup podium in a traditional slalom race.

“I never thought it would happen again like that,” he admitted. “I showed a really good ski and I was not so lucky with the bib draw yesterday with 15 in the first run. It was a turny run and I think my long legs helped me a little bit to put my feet in these ruts. This means a lot to me, my first podium in a World Cup slalom and to be on the podium with two guys like Henrik and Marcel, they are legends, it’s a big, big honor for me.”

Mark Engel led the way for the American contingent in 19th place. David Chodounsky fell victim to the second run and did not finish. Hig Roberts also did not finish his first run and Nolan Kasper and Michael Ankeny did not qualify for the second.

The men’s tour now heads to Kvitfjell, Norway, for downhill and super-G races March 10-11.


Top 10

  1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  3. Ramon Zenhaeusern (SUI) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  4. Clement Noel (FRA) – Dynastar/Lange/Look
  5. Sebaastian Foss-Solevaag (NOR) – Voelkl/Dalbello/Marker
  6. Marc Rochat (SUI) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  7. Manfred Moelgg (ITA) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  8. Sandro Simonet (SUI) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  9. Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  10. Stefano Gross (ITA) – Voelkl/Tecnica/Marker

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  5  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  52.26  56.96  1:49.22  0.00  100
 2  2  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  53.08  57.36  1:50.44  +1.22  8.04  80
 3  15  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon 1992 SUI  54.25  56.58  1:50.83  +1.61  10.61  60
 4  22  6190403 NOEL Clement 1997 FRA  53.85  57.29  1:51.14  +1.92  12.66  50
 5  14  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  54.13  57.22  1:51.35  +2.13  14.04  45
 6  33  511899 ROCHAT Marc 1992 SUI  54.62  56.94  1:51.56  +2.34  15.43  40
 7  1  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  54.12  57.61  1:51.73  +2.51  16.55  36
 8  45  512138 SIMONET Sandro 1995 SUI  55.28  56.61  1:51.89  +2.67  17.60  32
 9  11  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  54.93  57.06  1:51.99  +2.77  18.26  29
 10  6  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  54.00  58.13  1:52.13  +2.91  19.18  26
 11  31  202520 HOLZMANN Sebastian 1993 GER  55.20  56.96  1:52.16  +2.94  19.38  24
 12  27  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT  54.50  57.68  1:52.18  +2.96  19.51  22
 13  46  561322 HADALIN Stefan 1995 SLO  55.66  56.53  1:52.19  +2.97  19.58  20
 14  36  103865 PHILP Trevor 1992 CAN  55.19  57.02  1:52.21  +2.99  19.71  18
 15  23  512182 MEILLARD Loic 1996 SUI  53.93  58.32  1:52.25  +3.03  19.97  16
 16  21  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  55.67  56.59  1:52.26  +3.04  20.04  15
 17  41  201896 STEHLE Dominik 1986 GER  55.01  57.36  1:52.37  +3.15  20.77  14
 18  13  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT  55.58  56.80  1:52.38  +3.16  20.83  13
 19  34  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  55.50  56.96  1:52.46  +3.24  21.36  12
 20  9  220689 RYDING Dave 1986 GBR  54.67  57.89  1:52.56  +3.34  22.02  11
 21  25  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER  55.55  57.13  1:52.68  +3.46  22.81  10
 22  16  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE  55.16  57.63  1:52.79  +3.57  23.53  9
 23  8  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI  54.67  58.20  1:52.87  +3.65  24.06  8
 24  7  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  53.25  59.72  1:52.97  +3.75  24.72  7
 25  60  422507 HAUGAN Timon 1996 NOR  55.67  57.55  1:53.22  +4.00  26.37  6
 26  17  421669 NESTVOLD-HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  54.62  1:00.10  1:54.72  +5.50  36.26  5
Did not finish 2nd run
 29  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  54.94  0
 26  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  54.93  0
 10  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT  54.31  0
 4  54170 MATT Michael 1993 AUT  53.48  0
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 71  710353 SLJIVIC Marko 1996 BIH  59.66  0
 70  6190467 PIOLAINE Simon 1997 FRA  57.61  0
 69  54444 GSTREIN Fabio 1997 AUT  56.90  0
 67  202615 TREMMEL Anton 1994 GER  57.63  0
 66  512274 BISSIG Semyel 1998 SUI  57.35  0
 64  202765 NORYS Frederik 1996 GER  56.82  0
 62  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984 ITA  1:08.98  0
 61  380361 RODES Istok 1996 CRO  56.27  0
 59  6291725 ZINGERLE Hannes 1995 ITA  56.80  0
 58  54252 RASCHNER Dominik 1994 AUT  56.07  0
 56  561244 KRANJEC Zan 1992 SLO  56.67  0
 55  380363 KOLEGA Elias 1996 CRO  55.99  0
 54  491879 SALARICH Joaquim 1994 ESP  56.86  0
 52  561291 GROSELJ Zan 1993 SLO  58.12  0
 49  6291631 LIBERATORE Federico 1995 ITA  56.03  0
 48  532138 KASPER Nolan 1989 USA  56.70  0
 44  194262 BUFFET Robin 1991 FRA  56.55  0
 42  291145 DEVILLE Cristian 1981 ITA  55.72  0
 40  934502 ANKENY Michael 1991 USA  57.21  0
 39  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  56.92  0
 38  6291574 SALA Tommaso 1995 ITA  55.78  0
 35  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN  56.80  0
 32  380334 VIDOVIC Matej 1993 CRO  55.93  0
 28  103729 READ Erik 1991 CAN  56.35  0
 20  191459 LIZEROUX Julien 1979 FRA  56.02  0
 19  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA  55.88  0
Did not finish 1st run
 76  942023 TAHIRI Albin 1989 KOS  0
 75  700901 HYSKA Martin 1994 SVK  0
 74  561369 RUPNIK Matevz 1997 SLO  0
 73  481730 KUZNETSOV Ivan 1996 RUS  0
 72  561364 SPILAR Zan 1997 SLO  0
 68  150743 BERNDT Ondrej 1988 CZE  0
 57  400235 WINKELHORST Steffan 1992 NED  0
 53  934566 ROBERTS Hig 1991 USA  0
 51  201891 SCHMID Philipp 1986 GER  0
 50  92719 ZLATKOV Kamen 1997 BUL  0
 47  6291430 MAURBERGER Simon 1995 ITA  0
 43  54245 HETTEGGER Thomas 1994 AUT  0
 37  54093 STROLZ Johannes 1992 AUT  0
 24  53889 HIRSCHBUEHL Christian 1990 AUT  0
 18  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR  0
 12  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  0
 3  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI  0
Did not start 1st run
 65  92720 POPOV Albert 1997 BUL  0
 63  561313 DVORNIK Aljaz 1995 SLO  0
 30  502015 JAKOBSEN Kristoffer 1994 SWE  0
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