KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen found himself in an unusual position heading into the second run of slalom down Kitzbuehel’s Ganslern slope. After some uncharacteristic mistakes in the first run, Kristoffersen sat in 12th place, 0.83 seconds back of first run leader Fritz Dopfer of Germany.

The Norwegian sensation decided that it was all or nothing in the second run and skied like a man possessed, proceeding to make short work off the difficult set and take yet another slalom victory with a total time of 1:43.96 seconds. Hot on Kristoffersen’s heels, however, was Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, a razor-slim 0.03 seconds back in second place. Dopfer had to settle for third place on the day, his first trip to the podium this season.

KITZBUEHEL,AUSTRIA,24.JAN.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, slalom, men, award ceremony. Image shows the rejoicing of Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR). Keywords: trophy. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Wolfgang Grebien

Sunday’s win makes Kristoffersen the first person in history to win the classic slaloms of Adelboden, Wengen, and Kitzbuehel in a single season. In fact, he has won all but one of the slaloms contested this year. With another classic on Tuesday night in Schladming, a classic sweep is certainly in Kristoffersen’s wheelhouse.

“I had to (believe I could win),” Kristoffersen said in the finish. “I actually did because eight-tenths on this hill it’s not a lot and I had an earlier bib than all the other guys who were short in front. … I think this is one of the best second runs I’ve ever done in my entire life. Seriously? Are you kidding me? That was insane.”

“Another dream come true, for sure,” he continued. “Marcel is so strong. I thought that Marcel was possibly going to beat me. That was close, it was only three hundredths, not a lot. It’s a huge fight for the moment, but I’m enjoying it. If he would have beaten me by three hundredths today, I think I would have been pretty happy.”

After the morning’s run, Hirscher certainly smelled blood in the water, although he himself had a bit of ground to make up, as he sat in fourth, 0.34 seconds behind Dopfer. Crossing the line second run just 0.03 seconds in the red was likely a little deflating, but with how Kristofersen’s form has been this season, second place just might be the best anyone can hope for.

KITZBUEHEL,AUSTRIA,24.JAN.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, slalom, men, award ceremony. Image shows the emotion of Marcel Hirscher (AUT) with Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Wolfgang Grebien

“Being part of the podium here in Kitzbuehel is always a really great feeling,” Hirscher explained. “For sure, my first reaction was, ‘Ahh, come on! Once again, this little kid from Norway!’ I am really impressed with his skiing and he reminds me of the years when I was on the top of my game. I think Henrik is in the place where he can win seven, eight, nine slalom races this season.”

Kristoffersen sees a long future ahead of him, even after he put himself in a challenging position to claim the day’s victory.

“I’m not that old yet so I hope I’ll keep going for maybe nine, 10, 11, 12 more years, and we’ll see. You can’t expect to win them all, but at least you can try,” he said.

A season of struggles for Dopfer was for the moment turned around as the German made it to the podium for the first time this winter, boosting his confidence heading into the latter part of the year.

“I am pretty happy, especially first run was amazing,” he said. “Second run was also really good. It was pretty tough in the second run. The slope conditions changed a lot, it was just a real fight. I am really happy and confident with third place.”

“(Kristoffersen) is I think at the moment the best slalom skier together with Marcel,” he added about his podium mates. “So I am third after the two best slalom skiers, I can be really proud.”

David Chodounsky led the way for the Americans in 11th place. Chodounsky has had some stellar first runs of late, but due to bad luck and reasons still unknown, has struggled to find the speed he knows he is capable of in the second run.

“The result is actually not too bad, 11th, which is nice to get more points,” he explained. “I’m not that stoked though with the day. First run felt really good, eighth place. I don’t know, I was just a little out of whack second run. I was losing some grip up top, it was weird. I just have to refocus and bring it to Schladming.”

Michael Ankeny also found the points for the second time this season, finishing a solid 19th in a rough and tumble day for the whole field. Vermonter Tim Kelley finished in 21st, although a straddle in the second run forced him to hike and his combined time was too far off the winning pace to be eligible for World Cup points.

Also of note was the performance of Norwegian and 2013 NCAA champion Jonathan Nordbotten. The former University of Vermont skier laid down a smoking second run and catapulted himself from 24th all the way up to sixth place, 1.48 seconds behind his countryman, for a career-best result on the World Cup circuit. The result couldn’t have come at a better time as it moves Nordbotten back inside the top 30 after he started the race with bib 51.

Italian slalom specialist Giuliano Razzoli, who finished on the podium last week in Wengen, was first out of the gate in run one today, but he crashed on the course and had to be evacuated from the slope. Doctors suspect he sustained a torn ACL in his left knee, so he will return home to Italy for surgery.

The men now travel to Schladming, Austria, for the legendary night slalom on Tuesday, with racing action set to begin at 5:45 p.m. CET.

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The Scoop
By Hank McKee

1. Kristoffersen, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
2. Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3. Dopfer, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
4. Hargin, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
5. Thaler, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
6. Nordbotten, Head/Head/Head
7. Hirschbuehl, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
7. Neureuther, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
9. Schwarz, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
10. Moelgg, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

  • Men’s World Cup Slalom, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 24, 2016. … It is the fourth and final event of the 76th Hahnekamm. … It is the 23rd race of the men’s 45 race World Cup schedule and the sixth slalom of the season, but the seventh of 11 on the schedule with the first having been cancelled. … It is the 50th World Cup slalom hosted by Kitzbuehel. … Mattias Hargin is the defending champion. …
  • It is the ninth career World Cup win for Henrik Kristoffersen. … His fifth in slalom of the season. … It is his eighth Cup slalom win making him the all-time leader in slalom wins for Norway, besting the mark of seven from Finn Christian Jagge. … Winning margin is .03 of a second. … Top four are within the same second. … Top 11 within two seconds
  • It is the 82nd career World Cup podium for Marcel Hirscher. … His third second place finish at Kitzbuehel, (two in slalom one in combined). … It is his fourth second place finish in slalom this season.
  • It is the ninth career World Cup podium for Fritz Dopfer. … His first of the season.
  • It is the best Kitzbuehel finish for David Chodounsky and matches his seventh best career result. … It is his third best finish of the season. … It is the career best Cup result for Trevor Philp and his sixth score of the season. … It is the second career score and personal best finish for Michael Ankeny. … Tim Kelley registers a 21st place finish but receives no points due to the length of time he finishes behind the winner.
  • Aksel Lund Svindal (did not race) holds the lead of the World Cup overall standings 916-889 over Marcel Hirscher (second in race). … Kristoffersen is third with 771pts. … Kristoffersen leads the slalom standings 580-420 over Hirscher. … Neureuther (seventh in race) is third at 223pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 3235-2817 over Norway. … France in third with 2677pts. … The US is fifth at 1332pts and Canada ninth at 403pts.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  5  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  50.97  52.99  1:43.96  0.00
 2  4  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  50.48  53.51  1:43.99  +0.03  0.21
 3  3  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  50.14  54.27  1:44.41  +0.45  3.12
 4  12  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE  50.32  54.43  1:44.75  +0.79  5.47
 5  16  290732 THALER Patrick 1978 ITA  51.09  54.12  1:45.21  +1.25  8.66
 6  51  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR  51.60  53.84  1:45.44  +1.48  10.25
 7  59  53889 HIRSCHBUEHL Christian 1990 AUT  51.32  54.20  1:45.52  +1.56  10.80
 7  7  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix 1984 GER  50.88  54.64  1:45.52  +1.56  10.80
 9  21  54320 SCHWARZ Marco 1995 AUT  50.47  55.10  1:45.57  +1.61  11.15
 10  19  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  50.79  54.98  1:45.77  +1.81  12.54
 11  18  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  50.74  55.20  1:45.94  +1.98  13.71
 12  11  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA  50.87  55.14  1:46.01  +2.05  14.20
 13  2  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  51.67  54.49  1:46.16  +2.20  15.24
 14  35  103865 PHILP Trevor 1992 CAN  52.21  54.10  1:46.31  +2.35  16.28
 15  10  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  51.55  54.78  1:46.33  +2.37  16.41
 16  25  501116 LAHDENPERAE Anton 1985 SWE  50.60  55.95  1:46.55  +2.59  17.94
 17  14  191459 LIZEROUX Julien 1979 FRA  52.20  54.38  1:46.58  +2.62  18.15
 18  69  202437 LUITZ Stefan 1992 GER  51.45  55.36  1:46.81  +2.85  19.74
 19  36  934502 ANKENY Michael 1991 USA  52.06  54.87  1:46.93  +2.97  20.57
 20  32  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  51.47  1:03.87  1:55.34  +11.38  78.81
 21  41  530837 KELLEY Tim 1986 USA  51.93  1:12.87  2:04.80  +20.84  144.33
 22  40  201896 STEHLE Dominik 1986 GER  51.33  1:20.78  2:12.11  +28.15  194.96
Disqualified 2nd run
 26  202451 STRASSER Linus 1992 GER
Disqualified 1st run
 67  6290886 BACHER Fabian 1993 ITA
 48  50981 HOERL Wolfgang 1983 AUT
 31  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA
Did not start 1st run
 38  512014 NIEDERBERGER Bernhard 1993 SUI
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 75  561322 HADALIN Stefan 1995 SLO
 71  481428 NOVIKOV Vladislav 1993 RUS
 65  380335 ZUBCIC Filip 1993 CRO
 57  550054 ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps 1992 LAT
 53  290095 BALLERIN Andrea 1989 ITA
 52  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE
 44  54170 MATT Michael 1993 AUT
 42  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR
 37  561148 SKUBE Matic 1988 SLO
 34  301709 YUASA Naoki 1983 JPN
Did not finish 2nd run
 46  421954 LYSDAHL Espen 1990 NOR
 39  194262 BUFFET Robin 1991 FRA
 24  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT
 22  220689 RYDING Dave 1986 GBR
 15  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI
 9  422082 FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian 1991 NOR
 6  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS
Did not finish 1st run
 84  40496 NORBURY Bennett 1992 AUS
 83  80063 LONGHI Jhonatan 1988 BRA
 82  221190 NORRIS Kieran 1995 IRE
 81  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier 1980 ARG
 80  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej 1988 POL
 79  320293 KYUNG Sung-hyun 1990 KOR
 78  700868 FALAT Matej 1993 SVK
 77  491853 DEL CAMPO Juan 1994 SPA
 76  6290183 RONCI Giordano 1992 ITA
 74  54252 RASCHNER Dominik 1994 AUT
 73  501351 JOHANSSON Emil 1988 SWE
 72  511174 VOGEL Markus 1984 SUI
 70  103676 BROWN Phil 1991 CAN
 68  350095 PFIFFNER Marco 1994 LIE
 66  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI
 64  60160 ALAERTS Kai 1989 BEL
 63  380334 VIDOVIC Matej 1993 CRO
 62  511899 ROCHAT Marc 1992 SUI
 61  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS
 60  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA
 58  304242 NARITA Hideyuki 1993 JPN
 56  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor 1985 HUN
 55  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA
 54  511908 SCHMIDIGER Reto 1992 SUI
 50  193986 PLACE Francois 1989 FRA
 49  303097 ISHII Tomoya 1989 JPN
 47  930160 KELLEY Robby 1990 USA
 45  180567 RASANEN Joonas 1989 FIN
 43  103729 READ Erik 1991 CAN
 33  511127 GINI Marc 1984 SUI
 30  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA
 29  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon 1992 SUI
 28  50605 HERBST Reinfried 1978 AUT
 27  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT
 23  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI
 20  501223 BAECK Axel 1987 SWE
 17  501101 BYGGMARK Jens 1985 SWE
 13  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA
 8  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA
 1  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984 ITA
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