KITZBUEHEL, Austria — With a 0.42-second advantage over Sweden’s Mattias Hargin after the first run, the safe bet would have been on Marcel Hirscher to lock up the win on Austrian snow in the Kitzbuehel slalom on Sunday. But Hargin, determined to bounce back from last week’s Wengen debacle and a string of disappointing second runs, flipped the table on Hirscher to secure his career-first World Cup win and fourth podium.

After the race, Hirscher called Hargin’s performance “one of the best slalom runs” he’s ever seen. Hirscher certainly didn’t lose the race; Hargin won it by grinding to perfection down the Ganslern and propelling himself to a cushy half-second victory. He and Hirscher were followed not too far back by a competitive Felix Neureuther, fresh off a slalom win in Wengen, who again charged hard in his second run to put pressure on the final racers.

“I tried really hard in the last few races to ski well in tracked courses (second run), and I didn’t really make it,” said Hargin. “When I saw how Felix skied second run in Wengen, I was impressed. Today I just tried to not think so much.”

When asked if he was disappointed to finish runner-up, Hirscher said it’s a stupid question.

“It is an unbelievable feeling to finish second in the Kitzbuehel slalom,” Hirscher replied. “To make 160 points (this weekend toward the overall) is really cool. I want to congratulate Mattias for an unbelievable second run. I’ve never seen a guy take so much risk over all those rolls. It was one of the best slalom runs I have ever seen. And, yes, Felix, you did as well a great job.”

“Mattias (Hargin) showed you can risk a lot on the Ganslern and that’s why he deserves the victory,” said Neureuther. “I think Marcel and I tried to ski a little bit too technical. Mattias just wanted the victory the most. But I am very, very happy to be up on the podium here in Kitzbuehel. It’s one of the great slaloms of the year.”

American David Chodounsky says he’s been looking for a break — and he certainly didn’t get one today. Chodounsky has made a habit recently of throwing down a very strong first run but not being able to capitalize for one reason or another in the second run. Today, his pole got knocked out his hand 20-or-so seconds after kicking out of the start.

“My mindset was ‘I’m going for it,’” Chodounsky said. “I was ready to go and wanted to have a good run. When I lost my pole, it was really very difficult to make it down, especially here in Kitzbuehel. There’s a lot of terrain and tough visibility.”

Chodounsky did in fact make it down and finished a respectable 26th, all things considered.

“I’m still skiing well, so I will try to bring that to Schladming,” said the Dartmouth grad.

After finishing with a time roughly in the middle of the flip, Ted Ligety was disqualified after the first run for incorrect passage through a vertical single gate in a rhythm section. Ligety skied the gate as a delay, going around both gates and subsequently not crossing the plane. The disqualification caps off a tough weekend in Kitzbuehel and a tough stretch of racing for Ligety, who will skip the slalom at Schladming on Tuesday and head home to Utah for training on North American snow prior to the World Championships.

See more photos from this race here.

 

The Scoop

By Hank McKee

  1. Hargin, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  3. Neureuther, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  4. Razzoli, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  5. Dopfer, Nordica/Nordica/
  6. Khoroshilov, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  7. Kristoffersen, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  8. Gross, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
  9. Pinturault, Head/Head/Head
  10. Larsson, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

Men’s World Cup slalom, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 25, 2015:

  • It is the fourth and final event of the 75th Hahnenkamm. … The 24th of 37 races on the men’s World Cup calendar and the eighth (seventh held) of 11 scheduled slaloms with one cancellation. … It is the 160th World Cup race set at Kitzbuehel. … The 49th slalom. … Felix Neureuther is the defending champion.
  • It is the first career World Cup win for Mattias Hargin. … His previous best had been second in slalom at Val d’Isere Dec. 15, 2013. … His best previously this season had been fourth at both Are and Zagreb in slalom. … The winning margin is .49 of a second. … Top five finishers are within the same second. … Top 15 within two seconds. … Hargin is the 59th Swede to gain a World Cup win.
  • It is the 69th career World Cup podium result for Marcel Hirscher. … It is his 11th podium in 12 completed races this season. … It is his second podium of the weekend having also placed second in combined.
  • It is the 35th career World Cup podium placing for Felix Neureuther. … It is his fourth Kitzbuehel podium result.
  • It is the 19th career World Cup scoring result for David Chodounsky … his second at Kitzbuehel. … It is his sixth score of the season, fifth in slalom.
  • Hirscher maintains the lead of the World Cup overall standings 996-834 over Kjetil Jansrud (did not race). … Alexis Pinturault (ninth in race) is third overall with 640pts. … Ted Ligety holds a place in the top 10, in 10th with 420pts.
  • Felix Neureuther holds the lead of the slalom standings 480-456 over Hirscher. … Fritz  Dopfer (fifth in race) sits third in slalom with 349pts. … David Chodounsky is the top U.S. skier on slalom list in 22nd with 56pts. … Julien Cousineau leads Canadians in slalom in 42nd with 15pts.
  • Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 3446-2395 over France. … Italy is third with 2228pts. … The U.S. men are seventh with 1298pts and Canada ninth for 427pts.

 

Results

 1  1  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE  52.80  50.30  1:43.10  0.00
 2  6  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  52.38  51.21  1:43.59  +0.49  3.42
 3  2  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix 1984 GER  52.89  50.84  1:43.73  +0.63  4.40
 4  18  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984 ITA  53.36  50.51  1:43.87  +0.77  5.38
 5  4  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  52.88  51.04  1:43.92  +0.82  5.73
 6  7  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  52.57  51.57  1:44.14  +1.04  7.26
 7  3  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  53.93  50.30  1:44.23  +1.13  7.89
 8  5  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  53.17  51.25  1:44.42  +1.32  9.22
 9  12  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  54.25  50.29  1:44.54  +1.44  10.06
 10  11  500656 LARSSON Markus 1979 SWE  53.46  51.13  1:44.59  +1.49  10.41
 11  19  191459 LIZEROUX Julien 1979 FRA  54.13  50.56  1:44.69  +1.59  11.10
 12  13  50707 MATT Mario 1979 AUT  54.39  50.37  1:44.76  +1.66  11.59
 13  8  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  53.69  51.09  1:44.78  +1.68  11.73
 14  34  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER  53.91  50.97  1:44.88  +1.78  12.43
 15  9  290732 THALER Patrick 1978 ITA  54.01  50.97  1:44.98  +1.88  13.13
 16  10  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  54.55  50.60  1:45.15  +2.05  14.32
 17  21  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI  54.33  50.86  1:45.19  +2.09  14.60
 18  25  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica 1979 CRO  54.93  50.35  1:45.28  +2.18  15.22
 19  22  50625 RAICH Benjamin 1978 AUT  54.48  50.94  1:45.42  +2.32  16.20
 20  31  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR  55.03  50.40  1:45.43  +2.33  16.27
 21  14  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA  54.72  50.77  1:45.49  +2.39  16.69
 22  38  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon 1992 SUI  54.79  50.77  1:45.56  +2.46  17.18
 23  53  511908 SCHMIDIGER Reto 1992 SUI  54.80  50.78  1:45.58  +2.48  17.32
 24  15  501101 BYGGMARK Jens 1985 SWE  54.46  51.17  1:45.63  +2.53  17.67
 25  24  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  54.58  51.15  1:45.73  +2.63  18.37
 26  26  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  54.03  51.83  1:45.86  +2.76  19.27
 27  47  291145 DEVILLE Cristian 1981 ITA  54.62  51.39  1:46.01  +2.91  20.32
 27  20  50605 HERBST Reinfried 1978 AUT  54.34  51.67  1:46.01  +2.91  20.32
Disqualified 1st run
 28  192506 MISSILLIER Steve 1984 FRA
 16  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 78  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR
 74  430633 JASICZEK Michal 1994 POL
 71  550054 ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps 1992 LAT
 68  511852 CAVIEZEL Gino 1992 SUI
 67  180718 HENTTINEN Jens 1993 FIN
 66  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO
 65  54170 MATT Michael 1993 AUT
 64  511174 VOGEL Markus 1984 SUI
 63  180567 RASANEN Joonas 1989 FIN
 61  532138 KASPER Nolan 1989 USA
 60  511127 GINI Marc 1984 SUI
 58  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE
 57  193986 PLACE Francois 1989 FRA
 55  380335 ZUBCIC Filip 1993 CRO
 54  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR
 52  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor 1985 HUN
 50  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT
 48  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA
 46  501458 LINDH Calle 1990 SWE
 44  561148 SKUBE Matic 1988 SLO
 43  561117 KUERNER Miha 1987 SLO
 42  201891 SCHMID Philipp 1986 GER
 41  421954 LYSDAHL Espen 1990 NOR
 40  934502 ANKENY Michael 1991 USA
 36  6290183 RONCI Giordano 1992 ITA
 30  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK
 23  501116 LAHDENPERAE Anton 1985 SWE
 17  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA
Did not finish 2nd run
 37  220689 RYDING Dave 1986 GBR
 27  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI
Did not finish 1st run
 77  680053 GELASHVILI Jaba 1993 GEO
 76  30266 GASTALDI Sebastiano 1991 ARG
 75  30388 BIRKNER DE MIGUEL Tomas 1997 ARG
 73  60160 ALAERTS Kai 1989 BEL
 72  53889 HIRSCHBUEHL Christian 1990 AUT
 70  92562 PRISADOV Stefan 1990 BUL
 69  150594 TREJBAL Filip 1985 CZE
 62  512014 NIEDERBERGER Bernhard 1993 SUI
 59  201896 STEHLE Dominik 1986 GER
 56  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI
 51  421849 JOHANSEN Truls 1989 NOR
 49  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN
 45  194207 THEOLIER Steven 1990 FRA
 39  102239 COUSINEAU Julien 1981 CAN
 35  530837 KELLEY Tim 1986 USA
 33  320266 JUNG Dong-hyun 1988 KOR
 32  530165 BRANDENBURG Will 1987 USA
 29  301709 YUASA Naoki 1983 JPN
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Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism.
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