Alpine skiing: Hirscher wins slalom globe as Neureuther bombs
Marcel Hirscher crowned a superb season-ending World Cup finals by winning the men`s slalom and the discipline`s crystal globe on Sunday.
Meribel: Marcel Hirscher crowned a superb season-ending World Cup finals by winning the men`s slalom and the discipline`s crystal globe on Sunday.
Hirscher, who had already won the giant slalom globe, claimed a record fourth consecutive overall title by default Saturday after closest rival Kjetil Jansrud of Norway opted out of racing the slalom.
Felix Neureuther, who started with a 55-point lead over Hirscher in the slalom standings, was the only racer who could have denied the Austrian a third globe, but the German made a terrible mistake on his first leg.
Hirscher, however, made no such error on the Roc de Fer course, coming third in the first leg and then powering to victory in an aggregate time of 1min 33.53sec.
"It was definitely a tough situation, I am really sorry for Felix as he was so close to his first globe. But you know, it`s part of our sport," Hirscher said.
"I am super happy, because before the race I was in a very unusual position, normally I didn`t stand a chance but the victory made it possible and I`m thrilled."
Italian Giuliano Razzoli was second at 0.83sec, with Russian Alexander Khoroshilov (+1.09) rounding out the podium.
Hirscher finished atop the slalom standings on 614 points, Neureuther netting only 22pts for his 12th-placed finish to stand second, 23pts adrift.
The slalom win was Hirscher`s third in the discipline and eighth overall this season, and his 31st on the World Cup circuit.
"There was no pressure," said Hirscher. "There is only an opportunity you have when you are in my situation and it`s to try to give it 100 percent, ski as fast as you can.
"No tactics. If everything works well it`s perfect and if I skied out it would have been okay as well. It`s not the end of the world."
Jansrud, who picked up both downhill and super-G crystal globes earlier in the week, said his decision not to race the slalom was the correct one.
"I didn`t want any fuss about the overall yesterday, Marcel still had a shot at the slalom title and I thought it would be good to let him focus on it. It just seemed fair," the Norwegian said.
"We all knew that gaining 60 points on Marcel in slalom would be an impossible task for me so I decided to not ski.
"When you don`t ski you can`t be on the start list so my coach pulled me off the board last night and made it official. It`s all good by me."
Jansrud said his two globes had made it a "great season" for him.
"I don`t feel like I am losing out on the overall, I had a good fight," he said.
"Instead of putting all my focus on not winning the overall I`ll put it on being really happy with what I have achieved. It has been an amazing ride this season."