Having deja vu? That might be because the podium in Sunday’s slalom at Adelboden, Switzerland, was identical to that of the Zagreb World Cup on Jan. 4. Marcel Hirscher continued to dominate the discipline, earning his 52nd World Cup victory. The Austrian was accompanied on the podium by teammate Michael Matt in second place and Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway in third.

Hirscher’s victory, which he earned by a narrow 0.13 second margin, marked his fourth consecutive win in slalom. The last man do that was Kristoffersen in January 2016.

“Wow, it is really unbelievable. Always close decisions, and the clock is always for me on the right side…The last three races, or four races as well Madonna di Campiglio, were something really special,” Hirscher said.

Hirscher’s wins raised the question of the Olympic Winter Games, which are just a month away. Athletes often talk about the challenge of peaking at the right time in the season to have the best shot at a medal. Can Hirscher maintain this level of competition until February? Frankly, the Austrian is not looking that far ahead and does not let the Games change his approach to the season.

“I’m thinking about traveling home at the moment, and then further on to prepare for Wengen for the slalom, and Kitzbuehel and Schladming and Garmisch and Stockholm, and then think about the Olympics,” he said.

Matt, who earned his third consecutive second-place finish, is still hunting for his second World Cup victory after winning in Kranjska Gora last season. The Austrian is showing fans more consistency in 2018 and proved he is on the rise by earning a podium result at a venue where he has never earned World Cup points before. The Austrian also seems to enjoy the warmer temperatures that plagued Zagreb and then Adelboden, creating wetter, softer snow conditions that he could charge on.

“I know what skis I have to pick, what boots I have to pick in these snow conditions,” Matt shared. “Seems like it’s still fast.”

Kristoffersen, who rounded out the podium, has skied to the top three in every World Cup slalom this season, but has been unable to capture a victory. He said he struggled at the start of the season after focusing so much on giant slalom. Now, the Norwegian finds himself skiing fast but making costly mistakes that prevent him from taking the top spot. In the press conference, Kristoffersen seemed at a bit of a loss for why he has been stuck in second and third place.

“In the first run, I really don’t know why I was so slow,” Kristoffersen said. “Didn’t do any big mistakes. Didn’t ski bad. It was actually pretty okay skiing, so I’m really not sure. Second run started off with high tempo, good. Made a small mistake before the flat, so I thought the flat was going to slow. Last pitch from when you come around the corner before the real pitch, but the small pitch, too, I just said, ‘Whatever. I’m just gonna go,’ and I was really on the limit down there. I gained a lot of time there on both Marcel and Michael, but not enough.”

The Norwegian continued to say that it’s getting harder and harder to land on the podium. Challenges aside, Kristoffersen sits in second place in the slalom standings, 99 points behind Hirscher and 47 points ahead of Matt. The margins are tight enough that the Norwegian could claim another World Cup slalom globe under the right circumstances.

David Chodounsky was the lone American in the second run, but he straddled a hairpin and did not finish. AJ Ginnis and Mark Engel did not qualify for a second run while Robby Kelly and Hig Roberts did not finish the first run.

The men now shift back into speed mode with an alpine combined, downhill and slalom race at Wengen, Switzerland, from Jan. 12-14.


Top 10

  1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Michael Matt (AUT) – Rossignol Look / Rossignol
  3. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol Look / Rossignol
  4. Andre Mhyrer (SWE) – Head / Head / Head
  5. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  6. Stefano Gross (ITA) –  Voelkl / Marker / Tecnica
  7. Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (NOR) –  Voelkl / Marker Dalbello
  8. Loic Meillard (SUI) –  Rossignol Look / Rossignol
  9. Christian Hirschbuehl (AUT) – Rossignol Look / Rossignol
  10. Linus Strasser (GER) –  Rossignol Look / Rossignol

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  55.78  55.16  1:50.94  0.00  100
 2  1  54170 MATT Michael 1993 AUT  56.03  55.04  1:51.07  +0.13  0.84  80
 3  7  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  56.49  54.61  1:51.10  +0.16  1.04  60
 4  2  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  56.22  55.50  1:51.72  +0.78  5.06  50
 5  11  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  56.95  54.82  1:51.77  +0.83  5.39  45
 6  4  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  57.30  55.07  1:52.37  +1.43  9.28  40
 7  16  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  57.60  54.89  1:52.49  +1.55  10.06  36
 8  24  512182 MEILLARD Loic 1996 SUI  57.91  54.59  1:52.50  +1.56  10.12  32
 9  20  53889 HIRSCHBUEHL Christian 1990 AUT  58.05  54.53  1:52.58  +1.64  10.64  29
 10  27  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER  58.05  54.61  1:52.66  +1.72  11.16  26
 11  23  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  58.67  54.08  1:52.75  +1.81  11.75  24
 12  12  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI  57.24  55.52  1:52.76  +1.82  11.81  22
 12  3  220689 RYDING Dave 1986 GBR  57.60  55.16  1:52.76  +1.82  11.81  22
 14  17  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT  57.86  54.92  1:52.78  +1.84  11.94  18
 15  22  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon 1992 SUI  57.75  55.15  1:52.90  +1.96  12.72  16
 16  8  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE  57.91  55.28  1:53.19  +2.25  14.60  15
 17  10  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI  57.06  56.14  1:53.20  +2.26  14.67  14
 18  19  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA  59.06  54.24  1:53.30  +2.36  15.32  13
 19  14  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  58.07  55.49  1:53.56  +2.62  17.00  12
 20  18  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR  59.51  54.09  1:53.60  +2.66  17.26  11
 21  30  290732 THALER Patrick 1978 ITA  59.07  54.73  1:53.80  +2.86  18.56  10
 22  9  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  57.99  55.86  1:53.85  +2.91  18.89  9
 23  35  380334 VIDOVIC Matej 1993 CRO  59.56  54.44  1:54.00  +3.06  19.86  8
 24  21  421669 NESTVOLD-HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  58.81  55.29  1:54.10  +3.16  20.51  7
 25  6  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  57.42  56.76  1:54.18  +3.24  21.03  6
 26  43  201896 STEHLE Dominik 1986 GER  59.70  55.68  1:55.38  +4.44  28.82  5
 27  38  320266 JUNG Donghyun 1988 KOR  59.76  55.69  1:55.45  +4.51  29.27  4
Did not finish 2nd run
 29  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  59.18  0
 26  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT  59.52  0
 25  301709 YUASA Naoki 1983 JPN  59.68  0
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 74  430617 CHRAPEK Adam 1993 POL  1:04.03  0
 73  54106 BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon 1992 BOL  1:07.45  0
 70  202584 RAUCHFUSS Julian 1994 GER  1:03.66  0
 69  150743 BERNDT Ondrej 1988 CZE  1:03.47  0
 68  202615 TREMMEL Anton 1994 GER  1:02.42  0
 67  422507 HAUGAN Timon 1996 NOR  1:01.15  0
 63  380363 KOLEGA Elias 1996 CRO  1:01.72  0
 61  501873 LUNDBAECK Gustav 1993 SWE  1:02.30  0
 59  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE  1:01.37  0
 58  501898 ROENNGREN Mattias 1993 SWE  1:01.16  0
 57  6291631 LIBERATORE Federico 1995 ITA  1:02.45  0
 56  201891 SCHMID Philipp 1986 GER  1:01.31  0
 55  6290886 BACHER Fabian 1993 ITA  1:00.09  0
 53  302982 OHKOSHI Ryunosuke 1988 JPN  1:01.91  0
 52  502015 JAKOBSEN Kristoffer 1994 SWE  1:02.44  0
 51  512138 SIMONET Sandro 1995 SUI  1:00.40  0
 49  6531063 GINNIS AJ 1994 USA  1:00.99  0
 48  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984 ITA  1:00.86  0
 47  561322 HADALIN Stefan 1995 SLO  1:00.65  0
 46  194262 BUFFET Robin 1991 FRA  1:00.05  0
 45  54245 HETTEGGER Thomas 1994 AUT  1:00.81  0
 42  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  59.83  0
 41  6291574 SALA Tommaso 1995 ITA  59.97  0
 40  103865 PHILP Trevor 1992 CAN  1:02.86  0
 39  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN  1:00.14  0
 36  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  1:00.12  0
 34  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS  1:00.33  0
 33  202485 KETTERER David 1993 GER  1:00.58  0
 32  202520 HOLZMANN Sebastian 1993 GER  59.91  0
Did not finish 1st run
 71  481103 ANDRIENKO Aleksander 1990 RUS  0
 66  501351 JOHANSSON Emil 1988 SWE  0
 65  54252 RASCHNER Dominik 1994 AUT  0
 60  934566 ROBERTS Hig 1991 USA  0
 54  54093 STROLZ Johannes 1992 AUT  0
 50  6190403 NOEL Clement 1997 FRA  0
 44  291145 DEVILLE Cristian 1981 ITA  0
 37  930160 KELLEY Robby 1990 USA  0
 31  511899 ROCHAT Marc 1992 SUI  0
 28  103729 READ Erik 1991 CAN  0
 15  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT  0
 13  191459 LIZEROUX Julien 1979 FRA  0
Did not start 1st run
 72  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  0
 64  561244 KRANJEC Zan 1992 SLO  0
 62  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI  0
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