Slalom skiing or powder skiing? At times it looked like both on Sunday for the slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Steady precipitation throughout the day made for ultra-challenging conditions as the men took on arguably the toughest slalom hill on the World Cup.

When all was said and done, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen was finally able to break through and secure his first victory of the season after finishing on the podium in every other slalom race this year. Kristoffersen and Austria’s Michael Matt ran away with the first run and sat nearly an entire second ahead of the rest of the field going into the second run. With Matt skiing out midway down his afternoon run, it was Kristoffersen’s race to lose.

“It’s pretty cool,” a composed Kristoffersen said after the race. “I’m really happy about today. If you take away the two dual slalom races, it’s 10 podiums in 11 (slalom and giant slalom) races so it’s not too bad, it’s seven podiums in seven slalom races so I can’t complain too much.”

Kristoffersen claimed his first win of the season and Yule the first podium of his career. Image Credit: GEPA Pictures/Christian Walgram

Austrian defending champion Marcel Hirscher was able to muster a second-place finish after a lackluster (by his standards) opening run and Switzerland’s Daniel Yule landed on his first World Cup podium in third with some inspired skiing in the second run.

“I am super happy with the second place for today,” Hirscher said. “First run was definitely not what I was expecting; Henrik and Michael Matt were definitely one class better than the rest of the field. I’m absolutely happy with the second run, that was good skiing but way too far behind Henrik so I think he deserved this victory today.”

This year in slalom has undoubtedly been the Hirscher and Kristoffersen show, and Yule was more than pleased to find himself on the podium behind two racers at the top of their game.

“If I could have chosen any place to get my first podium, I think Kitzbuehel would be pretty high on the list,” Yule shared after the race. “I think today I can count as the first human behind the two aliens, Marcel and Henrik. I think they’re just skiing at such a high level at the moment in slalom that for me, this third place counts as a win.”

Chodounsky led the Americans in 15th place. Image Credit: GEPA Pictures/Mario Buehner

David Chodounsky led the Americans in 15th place on an otherwise tough day for the Stars and Stripes. After throwing his back out last week in Wengen, Switzerland, there was some doubt as to whether Chodounsky would even be healthy enough to start. Thankfully, some much-needed physiotherapy in the days leading up to the race was able to loosen his back up enough to make the most of Sunday’s race.

“After the rough January that I’ve had, it’s my first finish since December so I’m really happy,” said Chocounsky. “I stuck to my game plan and did what I wanted. I definitely could have pushed a little more that second run but had a solid run, 15th place, top 15, not bad. There’s another race coming up so this is just a confidence boost, a little builder to get some World Cup points and make sure I’m still in the top 30 so I can go hammer. I had plenty in reserve today; it’s just good, solid skiing and that was my game plan so I came out here and did what I had to do so I’m happy with that.”

Mark Engel and AJ Ginnis did not qualify for a second run and Nolan Kasper and Hig Roberts did not finish their first runs making Chodounsky the only American finisher.

The men now head to Schladming, Austria, for more slalom in the iconic Night Race on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

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Top 10

1. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
2. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3. Daniel Yule (SUI) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
4. Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
5. Manuel Feller (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
6. Ramon Zenhaeusern (SUI) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
7. Jonathan Nordbotten (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
8. Clement Noel (FRA) – Dynastar/Lange/Look
9. Dave Ryding (GBR) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
9. Manfred Moelgg (ITA) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer


Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  6  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  55.87  52.62  1:48.49  0.00  100
 2  2  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  56.92  52.54  1:49.46  +0.97  6.44  80
 3  3  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI  57.10  52.74  1:49.84  +1.35  8.96  60
 4  24  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  57.95  52.70  1:50.65  +2.16  14.33  50
 5  15  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT  57.97  52.74  1:50.71  +2.22  14.73  45
 6  20  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon 1992 SUI  57.65  53.18  1:50.83  +2.34  15.53  40
 7  22  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR  58.36  52.68  1:51.04  +2.55  16.92  36
 8  47  6190403 NOEL Clement 1997 FRA  58.34  52.78  1:51.12  +2.63  17.45  32
 9  14  220689 RYDING Dave 1986 GBR  58.76  52.52  1:51.28  +2.79  18.52  29
 9  7  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  58.22  53.06  1:51.28  +2.79  18.52  29
 11  1  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  57.57  53.83  1:51.40  +2.91  19.31  24
 12  18  421669 NESTVOLD-HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  57.56  53.95  1:51.51  +3.02  20.04  22
 13  19  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA  57.82  53.71  1:51.53  +3.04  20.18  20
 14  16  191459 LIZEROUX Julien 1979 FRA  58.02  53.57  1:51.59  +3.10  20.57  18
 15  29  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  58.24  53.38  1:51.62  +3.13  20.77  16
 16  17  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT  57.87  53.86  1:51.73  +3.24  21.50  15
 16  10  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE  58.05  53.68  1:51.73  +3.24  21.50  15
 18  12  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  58.94  52.97  1:51.91  +3.42  22.70  13
 19  26  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT  58.12  54.01  1:52.13  +3.64  24.16  12
 20  36  380334 VIDOVIC Matej 1993 CRO  58.98  53.83  1:52.81  +4.32  28.67  11
 21  42  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  59.10  54.19  1:53.29  +4.80  31.86  10
 22  41  6291574 SALA Tommaso 1995 ITA  59.08  54.57  1:53.65  +5.16  34.24  9
Did not finish 2nd run
 62  54252 RASCHNER Dominik 1994 AUT  58.44  0
 34  202485 KETTERER David 1993 GER  58.58  0
 33  511899 ROCHAT Marc 1992 SUI  58.53  0
 21  53889 HIRSCHBUEHL Christian 1990 AUT  59.06  0
 13  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  57.59  0
 11  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI  58.57  0
 5  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  57.79  0
 4  54170 MATT Michael 1993 AUT  55.97  0
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 76  960300 GOUTT Yohan Goncalves 1994 TLS  1:15.19  0
 74  54106 BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon 1992 BOL  1:04.74  0
 73  54444 GSTREIN Fabio 1997 AUT  1:00.92  0
 69  221236 TAYLOR Laurie 1996 GBR  1:00.25  0
 66  491853 DEL CAMPO Juan 1994 ESP  1:00.13  0
 65  350095 PFIFFNER Marco 1994 LIE  1:01.51  0
 63  400235 WINKELHORST Steffan 1992 NED  1:00.40  0
 61  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA  1:00.04  0
 58  380363 KOLEGA Elias 1996 CRO  1:00.01  0
 56  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE  59.92  0
 55  6291631 LIBERATORE Federico 1995 ITA  59.34  0
 54  201891 SCHMID Philipp 1986 GER  59.30  0
 50  302982 OHKOSHI Ryunosuke 1988 JPN  1:01.02  0
 48  512138 SIMONET Sandro 1995 SUI  59.43  0
 45  6531063 GINNIS AJ 1994 USA  1:02.09  0
 43  201896 STEHLE Dominik 1986 GER  59.35  0
 40  103865 PHILP Trevor 1992 CAN  59.37  0
 39  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN  59.68  0
 37  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  59.51  0
 32  202520 HOLZMANN Sebastian 1993 GER  59.62  0
 31  561322 HADALIN Stefan 1995 SLO  59.31  0
 28  290732 THALER Patrick 1978 ITA  59.68  0
 27  103729 READ Erik 1991 CAN  59.22  0
Did not finish 1st run
 75  170151 DYRBYE NAESTED Casper 1996 DEN  0
 72  550054 ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps 1992 LAT  0
 71  481103 ANDRIENKO Aleksander 1990 RUS  0
 70  700868 FALAT Matej 1993 SVK  0
 68  303097 ISHII Tomoya 1989 JPN  0
 67  180567 RASANEN Joonas 1989 FIN  0
 64  194664 RIZZO Maxime 1993 FRA  0
 60  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor 1985 HUN  0
 59  561244 KRANJEC Zan 1992 SLO  0
 57  934566 ROBERTS Hig 1991 USA  0
 53  532138 KASPER Nolan 1989 USA  0
 51  54093 STROLZ Johannes 1992 AUT  0
 49  502015 JAKOBSEN Kristoffer 1994 SWE  0
 46  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984 ITA  0
 44  54245 HETTEGGER Thomas 1994 AUT  0
 38  320266 JUNG Donghyun 1988 KOR  0
 35  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS  0
 30  194262 BUFFET Robin 1991 FRA  0
 25  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER  0
 23  512182 MEILLARD Loic 1996 SUI  0
 9  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  0
 8  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  0
Disqualified 1st run
 52  6290886 BACHER Fabian 1993 ITA  0
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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 Ski Racing Media, he coached U14s for the Squaw Valley Ski Team.
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