Germany’s Stefan Luitz unseated giant slalom great, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, in the first GS of the 2018-19 season in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Saturday’s stormy conditions were nowhere to be found on Sunday as the men took to the cold, grippy Colorado snow.
Luitz’s winning time of 2:36.38 seconds bested Hirscher in second by only 0.14 seconds. Switzerland’s Thomas Tumler took advantage of an early start in the second run and jumped all the way from bib 48 to finish third, 0.51 seconds off the pace.
The Americans landed four racers in the points with Ted Ligety leading the way in eighth, 1.10 seconds back. Ligety was joined in the top 30 by Tommy Ford in 15th, Brian McLaughlin in 18th, and Ryan Cochran-Siegle in 22nd.
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1. Stefan Luitz (GER): 2:36.38
2. Marcel Hirscher (AUT): +0.14
3. Thomas Tumler (SUI): +0.51
4. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR): +0.67
5. Loic Meillard (SUI): +0.84
6. Matts Olsson (SWE): +0.91
7. Mathieu Faivre (FRA): +1.10
8. Riccardo Tonetti (ITA): +1.12
8. Ted Ligety (USA): +1.12
10.Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA): +1.27