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Conditions for the final men’s giant slalom before World Championships were just plain tough on Sunday. The injected Kandahar slope was bumpy, icy and unforgiving on athletes who did not have the perseverance to charge all the way to the finish line. While the sun shined to warm the crowd, shade covered the slope. The scraping of the skis against the snow was loud.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN,GERMANY,29.JAN.17 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, giant slalom, men. Image shows Marcel Hirscher (AUT). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner

Marcel Hirscher of Austria masterfully raced the course, boasting a combined time of 2:39.95. This marked his 20th career World Cup giant slalom win and Austria’s 100th giant slalom victory–the first nation to reach that milestone in this discipline. He was followed by Matts Olsson of Sweden in second and Stefan Luitz of Germany in third.

Coming into the start gate for the second run, Hirscher had a 0.36 second lead over then-leader Olsson. During his run, he did something miraculous. The Austrian did not just double his lead. He came through the finish line, leading by 1.5 seconds.

“For sure, I take this victory, and I’m super happy,” Hirscher said. “It was a really tough racing day today here in Garmisch as all the races this weekend so far, and luckily, back on the podium in GS as well, and that is very good for today, and I’m already looking forward to Sweden.”

Coming in behind the Austrian, Olsson earned his first career World Cup podium result. He was one of the few athletes able to improve his position between runs.

“First run, I had a great feeling from top to bottom,” he shared. “Sure, I was a little bit surprised that I was third. Second run was, for sure, tougher from the conditions. It was bumpy. It was dark.”

Olsson added that when he saw the green light at the bottom, none of that mattered. He was just happy. The giant slalom specialist recently came back from an ACL injury in right knee after sitting out the 2015-16 season for surgery and recovery. A German rounded out the top three. Luitz earned his fourth career World Cup podium in front of a home crowd.

Tommy Ford was the top American for the day, coming in 14th place. Teammate Tim Jitloff also grabbed a top 30 finish, finish in 20th position. Brennan Rubie, Ryan Cochran-Siegle and David Chodounsky did not qualify for a second run while Hig Roberts did not finish first run.

Hirscher continues to have a staggering lead in the men’s overall standings with 1260 points, more than 400 points ahead of Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, who finished seventh in the giant slalom. Hirscher also leads the giant slalom standings with 533 points, 94 points ahead of Pinturault.

The men and women both head to Stockholm, Sweden, for a city event under the lights on Jan. 31 before downhill training runs begin at World Championships in St. Moritz on Feb. 6.

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Top 10

  1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT)  – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  2. Matts Olsson (SWE) – Head / Head / Head
  3. Stefan Luitz (GER) –  Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  4. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  5. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  6. Felix Neureuther (GER) –  Nordica / Nordica / Marker
  7. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  8. Justin Murisier (SUI) – Volkl / Dalbello / Marker
  9. Florian Eisath (ITA) – Blizzard / Tecnica / Marker
  10. Luca De Aliprandini (ITA) – Salomon / Salomon / Salomon

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  5  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  1:19.85  1:20.10  2:39.95  0.00  100.00
 2  23  501324 OLSSON Matts 1988 SWE  1:20.21  1:21.24  2:41.45  +1.50  9.19  80.00
 3  12  202437 LUITZ Stefan 1992 GER  1:20.72  1:21.18  2:41.90  +1.95  11.95  60.00
 4  3  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  1:19.76  1:22.24  2:42.00  +2.05  12.56  50.00
 5  6  194495 FAIVRE Mathieu 1992 FRA  1:20.77  1:21.59  2:42.36  +2.41  14.77  45.00
 6  2  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix 1984 GER  1:20.26  1:22.14  2:42.40  +2.45  15.01  40.00
 7  7  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  1:21.28  1:21.24  2:42.52  +2.57  15.75  36.00
 8  13  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI  1:21.32  1:21.22  2:42.54  +2.59  15.87  32.00
 9  9  292967 EISATH Florian 1984 ITA  1:20.97  1:21.62  2:42.59  +2.64  16.18  29.00
 10  10  990116 DE ALIPRANDINI Luca 1990 ITA  1:22.32  1:20.48  2:42.80  +2.85  17.46  26.00
 11  11  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR  1:21.14  1:21.83  2:42.97  +3.02  18.50  24.00
 12  32  512182 MEILLARD Loic 1996 SUI  1:22.55  1:20.46  2:43.01  +3.06  18.75  22.00
 13  17  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:21.87  1:21.39  2:43.26  +3.31  20.28  20.00
 14  26  531799 FORD Tommy 1989 USA  1:21.20  1:22.08  2:43.28  +3.33  20.40  18.00
 15  42  6291430 MAURBERGER Simon 1995 ITA  1:22.76  1:20.54  2:43.30  +3.35  20.53  16.00
 16  49  481103 ANDRIENKO Aleksander 1990 RUS  1:22.65  1:20.69  2:43.34  +3.39  20.77  15.00
 17  24  192506 MISSILLIER Steve 1984 FRA  1:21.86  1:21.50  2:43.36  +3.41  20.89  14.00
 18  25  511852 CAVIEZEL Gino 1992 SUI  1:21.90  1:21.54  2:43.44  +3.49  21.38  13.00
 19  8  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  1:21.39  1:22.15  2:43.54  +3.59  22.00  12.00
 20  29  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA  1:21.97  1:21.65  2:43.62  +3.67  22.49  11.00
 21  4  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA  1:20.78  1:22.90  2:43.68  +3.73  22.85  10.00
 22  20  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA  1:21.84  1:22.20  2:44.04  +4.09  25.06  9.00
 23  15  561244 KRANJEC Zan 1992 SLO  1:22.80  1:21.35  2:44.15  +4.20  25.73  8.00
 24  30  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE  1:22.63  1:21.55  2:44.18  +4.23  25.92  7.00
 25  18  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:22.14  1:22.20  2:44.34  +4.39  26.90  6.00
 26  22  294890 NANI Roberto 1988 ITA  1:22.40  1:22.05  2:44.45  +4.50  27.57  5.00
 27  19  380335 ZUBCIC Filip 1993 CRO  1:22.89  1:21.64  2:44.53  +4.58  28.06  4.00
 28  16  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:22.49  1:23.80  2:46.29  +6.34  38.84  3.00
 29  41  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  1:22.48  1:23.89  2:46.37  +6.42  39.33  2.00
Did not start 1st run
 28  51159 NOESIG Christoph 1985 AUT
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 63  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER
 62  6290440 ZINGERLE Alex 1992 ITA
 61  290095 BALLERIN Andrea 1989 ITA
 59  511741 ZURBRIGGEN Elia 1990 SUI
 58  202597 SCHMID Alexander 1994 GER
 57  6190074 GATEAU Elie 1995 FRA
 54  103865 PHILP Trevor 1992 CAN
 53  990051 BOSCA Giulio Giovanni 1990 ITA
 50  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan 1992 USA
 46  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN
 44  422073 NETELAND Bjoernar 1991 NOR
 43  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA
 38  180705 PIRINEN Eemeli 1993 FIN
 36  202345 SCHWAIGER Dominik 1991 GER
 35  934568 RUBIE Brennan 1991 USA
 34  180666 TORSTI Samu 1991 FIN
 31  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT
 27  103729 READ Erik 1991 CAN
Did not finish 2nd run
 21  54031 LEITINGER Roland 1991 AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 66  54106 BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon 1992 BOL
 65  561322 HADALIN Stefan 1995 SLO
 64  194935 FAVROT Thibaut 1994 FRA
 60  194457 GALEOTTI Greg 1992 FRA
 56  54144 MEIER Daniel 1993 AUT
 55  501898 ROENNGREN Mattias 1993 SWE
 52  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN
 51  934566 ROBERTS Hig 1991 USA
 48  511718 PLEISCH Manuel 1990 SUI
 47  511857 JENAL Sandro 1992 SUI
 45  53889 HIRSCHBUEHL Christian 1990 AUT
 40  422390 MONSEN Marcus 1995 NOR
 39  422278 WINDINGSTAD Rasmus 1993 NOR
 37  53985 MATHIS Marcel 1991 AUT
 33  194873 SARRAZIN Cyprien 1994 FRA
 14  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT
 1  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp 1983 AUT

 

 

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