SCHLADMING, Austria – It was another come-from-behind win for the Attacking Vikings as Henrik Kristoffersen claimed his sixth slalom victory in seven races this season, charging from third position after the first run to claim the Schladming Night Slalom with a total time of 1:42.20 seconds. Austrian superstar Marcel Hirscher charged all the way from 22nd place after the first run to claim second, 0.61 seconds back. Last year’s champion, Alexander Khoroshilov of Russia, rounded out the podium in third, 0.77 seconds behind.

After Germany’s Felix Neureuther put on a slalom clinic by winning the first run by 0.53 seconds over Italy’s Stefano Gross, the stage was set for a battle of epic proportions as Kristoffersen sat fourth, 1.10 seconds back and Hirscher in an unusual 22nd, 2.59 seconds off the pace. Deteriorating conditions were anticipated for the second run as temperatures rose throughout the day to nearly 40 degrees Fahrenheit by race time.

Neureuther looked to be on the verge of his first win of the season before straddling a gate on his second run within sight of the finish line. The German exited the course, slid to a stop, and sat in the snow, only to watch the announcement of the winners in the finish area. Heartbreak.

Kristoffersen has been nearly untouchable this season in slalom, proving that he is the new man to beat race after race, managing to win in just about every way imaginable. He’s held the first run lead, he’s come from behind, and he’s wowed fans with near disaster, but he’s come out on top all but once. Tonight was no different.

“There was this Austrian guy in the start box shouting, ‘Ah, Marcel is still in the lead!’ so that was a little annoying,” Kristoffersen said about the mood before his run. “With the way I’m skiing at the moment, I knew that if I skied OK without too many big mistakes, it would be possible. It was really bumpy, but the bottom part was actually pretty good, I could ski pretty normal there, but the top was really rutted. I knew I had to push it the whole way, and now we’re standing here.”

With Tuesday’s win in Schladming, along with his wins in Madonna, Adelboden, Wengen, and Kitzbuehel, Kristoffersen has managed to win every classic slalom on the World Cup circuit in one season – a feat that has never before accomplished.

SCHLADMING,AUSTRIA,26.JAN.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, nightrace, slalom, men. Image shows Marcel Hirscher (AUT). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Michael Riedler

Hirscher’s fogged up goggles after the first run. GEPA

Hirscher was the victim of quite an unusual mishap during his first run as his goggle lens was put in improperly by his serviceman, causing it to fog up almost immediately after he kicked out of the gate. He looked noticeably off his game as he made his way down the course, and ultimately crossed the line much farther behind than anyone expected. However, skiing like a man with a clear mission, Hirscher managed to lay down the fastest second run time and leap to the runner-up position to the delight of the nearly 50,000 ski-crazed Austrians in attendance.

“It was a completely aggressive run,” Hirscher said of his inspired skiing. “I decided that it would be better to not finish than ending up with two points, for example. I tried my complete maximum to ski in the second run. Conditions were a bit challenging today and that helped me as well to make it possible. It is just a really big present I got today.”

For Khoroshilov, although unsuccessful in defending his title from last year, he was more than happy to land on the podium, especially with how fast Neureuther looked before the untimely exit.

“The course was really good, as every year, so I was really happy to ski here,” said the Russian. “If Felix didn’t go out, I would be fourth, so of course I am really happy with third place.”

The lone American finisher was David Chodounsky in 11th place. Chodounsky sat in fifth place after the first run and was poised for another top result like the fourth-place finish he had last month in Val d’Isere. Crossing the finish in the second run, the American was visibly disappointed after letting another opportunity for the podium slip through his fingers.

“I came out firing up top, I felt pretty good,” Chodounsky explained. “Down bottom, I don’t know if I just tightened up a little bit seeing the finish line or something, maybe. I just started skiing not great, and I felt it, I knew it was happening. I knew I was just grinding down here and losing time. But you know what, I’ve got to learn from all these things. I’m having great first runs and one of these times I’m going to put two of them together and it’s going to be pretty sweet.”

The men’s tour now moves to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, for downhill and giant slalom races Jan. 28-31.


The Scoop
By Hank McKee

  1. Kristoffersen, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  2. Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  3. Khoroshilov, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  4. Stehle, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  5. Dopfer, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  6. Gross, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
  7. Foss-Solvaag, Volkl/Dalbello/Marker
  8. Thaler, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  9. Nordbotten, Head/Head/Head
  10. Digruber, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  • Men’s World Cup slalom, Schladming, Austria, Jan. 26, 2016. … THE Night Race. … It is the 24th race of the men’s 45 race 2016 World Cup schedule. … The eighth slalom on the schedule and the seventh of 11 to be held. … Schladming has been hosting THE Night Race since 1997, routinely attended by 40,000 to 50,000 fans. … It is the 23rd World Cup slalom hosted by Schladming. … Alexander Khoroshilov is the defending champion. … There are 83 on the start list.
  • It is the 10th career World Cup win for Henrik Kristoffersen … his sixth of the season. … It is his second win at Schladming having gotten his first career win at the site in 2014. … The winning margin is 0.61 of a second. … Top three are within the same second. … Top 15 within two seconds.
    It is the 83rd career World Cup podium for Marcel Hirscher and his 11th of the season. … It is his fourth career World Cup podium at Schladming. … He also collected the 2013 World slalom title at Schladming.
  • It is the sixth career World Cup podium for Alexander Khoroshilov. … Five of the six are third-place finishes, the other is a first scored at Schladming last season. … It is his third podium finish of the season.
  • It is the seventh best career finish for David Chodounsky and matches his third best finish of the season.
  • Marcel Hirscher moves past Aksel Lund Svindal (did not race – injured) for the lead of the World Cup overall standings 969-916. … Kristoffersen is third with 871pts. …
  • Kristoffersen leads the slalom standings 680-500 over Hirscher. … Khoroshilov is third ith 234pts. … Chodounsky is 10th with 149pts.
  • Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup standings 3341-2982 over Norway. … France is third at 2733. … The U.S. is fifth at 1356pts and Canada ninth at 403pts.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  2  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  49.40  52.80  1:42.20  0.00
 2  4  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  50.89  51.92  1:42.81  +0.61  4.30
 3  7  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  49.43  53.54  1:42.97  +0.77  5.42
 4  39  201896 STEHLE Dominik 1986 GER  50.85  52.46  1:43.31  +1.11  7.82
 5  3  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  49.79  53.60  1:43.39  +1.19  8.38
 6  5  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  48.83  54.61  1:43.44  +1.24  8.74
 7  10  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR  50.02  53.49  1:43.51  +1.31  9.23
 8  15  290732 THALER Patrick 1978 ITA  50.07  53.48  1:43.55  +1.35  9.51
 9  25  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR  50.54  53.12  1:43.66  +1.46  10.29
 10  26  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT  51.07  52.70  1:43.77  +1.57  11.06
 11  16  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  49.57  54.26  1:43.83  +1.63  11.48
 12  12  191459 LIZEROUX Julien 1979 FRA  50.37  53.53  1:43.90  +1.70  11.98
 13  13  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI  51.45  52.46  1:43.91  +1.71  12.05
 14  9  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA  50.77  53.22  1:43.99  +1.79  12.61
 15  11  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  49.84  54.35  1:44.19  +1.99  14.02
 16  20  220689 RYDING Dave 1986 GBR  50.73  53.47  1:44.20  +2.00  14.09
 17  29  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon 1992 SUI  51.35  53.00  1:44.35  +2.15  15.15
 18  23  501116 LAHDENPERAE Anton 1985 SWE  50.61  53.99  1:44.60  +2.40  16.91
 19  36  561148 SKUBE Matic 1988 SLO  51.22  53.54  1:44.76  +2.56  18.04
 20  33  301709 YUASA Naoki 1983 JPN  51.29  53.49  1:44.78  +2.58  18.18
 20  17  501101 BYGGMARK Jens 1985 SWE  50.56  54.22  1:44.78  +2.58  18.18
 22  21  501223 BAECK Axel 1987 SWE  50.82  53.99  1:44.81  +2.61  18.39
 23  27  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER  51.33  53.82  1:45.15  +2.95  20.78
 24  8  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  50.70  1:05.00  1:55.70  +13.50  95.11
Disqualified 2nd run
 18  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA
Disqualified 1st run
 79  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier 1980 ARG
 58  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS
 50  290095 BALLERIN Andrea 1989 ITA
 31  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK
Did not start 1st run
 70  531799 FORD Tommy 1989 USA
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 83  221190 NORRIS Kieran 1995 IRE
 80  410365 BARWOOD Adam 1992 NZL
 73  54252 RASCHNER Dominik 1994 AUT
 69  511174 VOGEL Markus 1984 SUI
 68  481428 NOVIKOV Vladislav 1993 RUS
 66  350095 PFIFFNER Marco 1994 LIE
 61  380334 VIDOVIC Matej 1993 CRO
 59  511899 ROCHAT Marc 1992 SUI
 57  6291631 LIBERATORE Federico 1995 ITA
 54  550054 ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps 1992 LAT
 53  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor 1985 HUN
 52  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA
 49  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE
 47  50981 HOERL Wolfgang 1983 AUT
 46  930160 KELLEY Robby 1990 USA
 44  180567 RASANEN Joonas 1989 FIN
 43  54170 MATT Michael 1993 AUT
 38  194262 BUFFET Robin 1991 FRA
 32  511127 GINI Marc 1984 SUI
 30  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA
 28  50605 HERBST Reinfried 1978 AUT
 19  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT
Did not finish 2nd run
 24  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT
 22  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI
 14  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE
 6  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE
 1  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix 1984 GER
Did not finish 1st run
 82  430617 CHRAPEK Adam 1993 POL
 81  410364 FEASEY Willis 1992 NZL
 78  320293 KYUNG Sung-hyun 1990 KOR
 77  700868 FALAT Matej 1993 SVK
 76  380361 RODES Istok 1996 CRO
 75  6290183 RONCI Giordano 1992 ITA
 74  561313 DVORNIK Aljaz 1995 SLO
 72  491879 SALARICH Joaquim 1994 SPA
 71  501351 JOHANSSON Emil 1988 SWE
 67  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN
 65  6290886 BACHER Fabian 1993 ITA
 64  380335 ZUBCIC Filip 1993 CRO
 63  60160 ALAERTS Kai 1989 BEL
 62  304535 NAKAMURA Shun 1995 JPN
 60  194207 THEOLIER Steven 1990 FRA
 56  53889 HIRSCHBUEHL Christian 1990 AUT
 55  304242 NARITA Hideyuki 1993 JPN
 51  511908 SCHMIDIGER Reto 1992 SUI
 48  193986 PLACE Francois 1989 FRA
 45  421954 LYSDAHL Espen 1990 NOR
 42  103729 READ Erik 1991 CAN
 41  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR
 40  530837 KELLEY Tim 1986 USA
 37  512014 NIEDERBERGER Bernhard 1993 SUI
 35  934502 ANKENY Michael 1991 USA
 34  103865 PHILP Trevor 1992 CAN
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