Madonna di Campiglio glistened with the light of the holiday season, and the snow shimmered under the flood lights on Friday night. The best male slalom skiers in the world took to the historic slope for a chance to make their mark. The Italian venue has hosted World Cup races since 1967. It’s a classic tour stop even if it’s not technically a “Classic” like Kitzbuehel. For the last couple years, Henrik Kristoffersen has dominated the venue, but Marcel Hirscher had other plans.

The Austrian took his 49th World Cup victory by a narrow 0.04 second margin over Switzerland’s Luca Aerni, repeating his performance there from 2012. In an uncharacteristically wild second run, Hirscher nearly got knocked out of the course, losing almost the entirety of his first run lead. Despite that, he worked the skis enough at the bottom of the course to gain back a few hundredths of a second.

“The last five months, especially the last four months where I was injured, was a pretty hard time for myself,” Hirscher said. “There was a lot of time to think about whether I can be as strong as before. What I can tell you is that the love for the sport, the emotion, and the passion is definitely more than the last couple of years. This is giving me a lot of confidence and a lot of energy. For myself, it was so unexpected (to win), but I tried as hard as I can after the mistake.”

The Austrian now only trails Ingemar Stenmark, Hermann Maier and Alberto Tomba in all-time wins. He’s just one away from tying Tomba, who was on site for the event. The Italian legend won there three times during his illustrious career.

Luca Aerni (SUI), Marcel Hirscher (AUT), Alberto Tomba and Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR), at the awards ceremony. // Image Credit: GEPA / Mathias Mandl

For Aerni, it was a major career milestone–his first World Cup podium. The Swiss athlete showed his podium potential when he became the alpine combined World Champion last season and again this season when he was fourth in Levi, Finland.

“Very good feeling,” he said in the press conference. “First podium in World Cup and my first race was here some years ago, so it’s a very good feeling to be on the podium here in Madonna. I always knew I could do a podium with two perfect runs; I was very happy to do this today, it’s a great hill for me.”

The two-time winner, Kristoffersen, snagged a third-place finish after Aleksander Khoroshilov of Russia–who was second after the first run–hooked a tip on a hairpin and lost a ski. He has podiumed in every slalom race this season, but the 2016 World Cup slalom globe winner has yet to take a win.

“This Austrian is really hard to beat,” Kristoffersen admitted. “I think technically I’m skiing decent, just missing a little in slalom at the moment. I took the choice this summer that I had to improve my GS. Last year was disappointing in GS, so I had to use a lot of time on that. Slalom is not bad, in fact, it’s really good, but there’s just a little bit missing because I’ve had so much focus on GS.”

Even without a slalom win, Kristoffersen is second in the overall standings with 505 points–just 29 behind Hirscher. The Norwegian continues to lead the slalom standings as well with 6 points over the Austrian.

It was another challenging slalom day for the American contingent. David Chodounsky was the only athletes able to qualify for a second run. It’s been a challenging season the World Cup veteran, marking only his second points-scoring result of the season.

“I’m not very satisfied,” the American shared. “I wanted more for sure. I’ve been skiing really well in training. Definitely had some nerves here a little bit. I don’t know why. Maybe because the last few races haven’t been so great. Even though I know I’m skiing well I’m almost there to trust it and really trust myself and push. I have a feeling I’ll be there next time. It’s been a rough start for me a little bit this year, but I’m going in the right direction and feeling really good. It’s a long season, so I’ll bring it to the next race. January is a big month.”

Fellow American Hig Roberts was 59th in the first run while Robby Kelley was dead last in 63rd after hiking. Mark Engel, AJ Ginnis and Michael Ankeny did not finish.

There is now a short break in the competition calendar for Christmas before men’s downhill training begins in Bormio on Dec. 26.


Top 10

  1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Luca Aerni (SUI) – Salomon / Salomon/ Salomon
  3. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol Look / Rossignol
  4. Daniel Yule (SUI) –  Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  5. Manuel Feller (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  6. Dave Ryding (GBR) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  7. Manfred Moelgg (ITA) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  8. Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (NOR) – Volkl / Dalbello Marker
  9. Stefano Gross (ITA) – Volkl / Dalbello Marker
  10. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head / Head / Head

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  3  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  48.46  51.33  1:39.79  0.00  100
 2  15  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI  48.83  51.00  1:39.83  +0.04  0.29  80
 3  7  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  48.95  50.89  1:39.84  +0.05  0.36  60
 4  12  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI  48.99  50.87  1:39.86  +0.07  0.51  50
 5  16  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT  49.20  50.81  1:40.01  +0.22  1.59  45
 6  10  220689 RYDING Dave 1986 GBR  49.21  50.82  1:40.03  +0.24  1.73  40
 7  2  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  48.90  51.34  1:40.24  +0.45  3.25  36
 8  18  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  49.05  51.25  1:40.30  +0.51  3.68  32
 9  4  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  49.31  51.03  1:40.34  +0.55  3.97  29
 10  14  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  49.68  50.70  1:40.38  +0.59  4.26  26
 11  1  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  49.67  50.80  1:40.47  +0.68  4.91  24
 12  22  53889 HIRSCHBUEHL Christian 1990 AUT  49.04  51.46  1:40.50  +0.71  5.12  22
 13  13  191459 LIZEROUX Julien 1979 FRA  49.57  50.95  1:40.52  +0.73  5.27  20
 14  46  194262 BUFFET Robin 1991 FRA  50.01  50.88  1:40.89  +1.10  7.94  18
 14  19  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA  49.95  50.94  1:40.89  +1.10  7.94  18
 16  45  54245 HETTEGGER Thomas 1994 AUT  50.00  50.96  1:40.96  +1.17  8.44  15
 17  20  421669 NESTVOLD-HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  49.95  51.10  1:41.05  +1.26  9.09  14
 18  26  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon 1992 SUI  50.07  51.06  1:41.13  +1.34  9.67  13
 18  9  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE  49.35  51.78  1:41.13  +1.34  9.67  13
 20  27  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER  49.55  51.59  1:41.14  +1.35  9.74  11
 21  28  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  49.99  51.20  1:41.19  +1.40  10.10  10
 22  29  103729 READ Erik 1991 CAN  50.03  51.21  1:41.24  +1.45  10.46  9
 23  31  202520 HOLZMANN Sebastian 1993 GER  49.83  51.51  1:41.34  +1.55  11.18  8
 24  74  422507 HAUGAN Timon 1996 NOR  50.13  54.42  1:44.55  +4.76  34.34  7
 25  51  512138 SIMONET Sandro 1995 SUI  50.07  1:01.54  1:51.61  +11.82  85.28  0
 26  37  320266 JUNG Donghyun 1988 KOR  50.13  1:06.95  1:57.08  +17.29  124.75  0
Did not finish 2nd run
 50  6190403 NOEL Clement 1997 FRA  49.79  0
 30  512182 MEILLARD Loic 1996 SUI  49.36  0
 11  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT  49.30  0
 8  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  48.69  0
 5  54170 MATT Michael 1993 AUT  49.44  0
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 79  221236 TAYLOR Laurie 1996 GBR  54.66  0
 78  550054 ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps 1992 LAT  51.53  0
 76  202584 RAUCHFUSS Julian 1994 GER  52.39  0
 73  350095 PFIFFNER Marco 1994 LIE  50.31  0
 71  380361 RODES Istok 1996 CRO  51.59  0
 69  501351 JOHANSSON Emil 1988 SWE  51.14  0
 68  54252 RASCHNER Dominik 1994 AUT  50.60  0
 66  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor 1985 HUN  53.85  0
 64  380363 KOLEGA Elias 1996 CRO  51.02  0
 62  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI  50.20  0
 61  501873 LUNDBAECK Gustav 1993 SWE  51.84  0
 60  934566 ROBERTS Hig 1991 USA  52.08  0
 58  501898 ROENNGREN Mattias 1993 SWE  50.80  0
 56  201891 SCHMID Philipp 1986 GER  51.10  0
 54  54093 STROLZ Johannes 1992 AUT  50.29  0
 53  6290886 BACHER Fabian 1993 ITA  50.17  0
 48  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984 ITA  50.58  0
 44  291145 DEVILLE Cristian 1981 ITA  51.17  0
 42  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  50.60  0
 40  6291574 SALA Tommaso 1995 ITA  50.68  0
 39  103865 PHILP Trevor 1992 CAN  50.44  0
 38  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN  50.66  0
 36  930160 KELLEY Robby 1990 USA  1:03.82  0
 34  380334 VIDOVIC Matej 1993 CRO  51.06  0
 33  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS  50.15  0
 32  202485 KETTERER David 1993 GER  50.25  0
 25  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT  50.47  0
 24  290732 THALER Patrick 1978 ITA  50.73  0
 23  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  50.78  0
 21  301709 YUASA Naoki 1983 JPN  50.44  0
 17  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR  50.16  0
 6  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  50.62  0
Did not finish 1st run
 82  54106 BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon 1992 BOL  0
 81  60160 ALAERTS Kai 1989 BEL  0
 80  430633 JASICZEK Michal 1994 POL  0
 77  491879 SALARICH Joaquim 1994 ESP  0
 75  700868 FALAT Matej 1993 SVK  0
 72  194664 RIZZO Maxime 1993 FRA  0
 70  400235 WINKELHORST Steffan 1992 NED  0
 67  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA  0
 65  561244 KRANJEC Zan 1992 SLO  0
 63  934502 ANKENY Michael 1991 USA  0
 59  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE  0
 57  6291631 LIBERATORE Federico 1995 ITA  0
 55  92719 ZLATKOV Kamen 1997 BUL  0
 52  502015 JAKOBSEN Kristoffer 1994 SWE  0
 49  6531063 GINNIS AJ 1994 USA  0
 47  561322 HADALIN Stefan 1995 SLO  0
 43  201896 STEHLE Dominik 1986 GER  0
 41  511899 ROCHAT Marc 1992 SUI  0
 35  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  0
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