Hirscher completes brilliant giant slalom season with Åre victory

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Marcel Hirscher during the Race for the World Cup Giant Slalom in Are on March 08 –
Photographer Credit:
Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull Content Pool

Austrian edges out rival Kristoffersen again for sixth GS FIS World Cup win.

Marcel Hirscher frustrated rival Henrik Kristoffersen again on Saturday by winning the final FIS World Cup giant slalom race of the season in Åre, Sweden.

The Austrian held a 0.50s advantage over the field after the first run and held on to beat the Norwegian by 0.23s with Frenchman Victor Muffat-Jeandet in third place.

– The Salzburg native said, “This is definitely so unreal. We were never expecting me to be as quick as I was so early this season. This has been my best ever season. Unbelievable. My main goal now is to put on my surf shorts and have a good summer.”

– Hirscher has won six FIS World Cup giant slalom races this season at Beaver Creek, Alta Badia, Adelboden, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Kranjska Gora and Åre.

– The 29-year-old had already wrapped up his fifth giant slalom crystal globe and ended the standings on 720 points from Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault.

– Hirscher also won the giant slalom gold medal at the PyeongChang Winter Games.

– Kristoffersen has finished second an astonishing 11 times in FIS World Cup races this season.

Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR), Marcel Hirscher (AUT) and Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) seen at the Giant Slalom of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Are, Sweden on March 17, 2018 –
Photographer Credit:
Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull Content Pool

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