Hirscher crushes field in Italy

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service

Austrian romps to giant slalom win from Kristoffersen to set more FIS records.

Marcel Hirscher showed the skiing world that he is well and truly back from his broken ankle by crushing the field to win the Alta Badia giant slalom from Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen and Slovenian Zan Kranjec.

The Austrian, who moved level at the top of the overall standings alongside Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal with 374 points, said: “The second run was really great. I gave it everything as I knew that Kristoffersen really wanted to win. I stepped on the gas and it went well.”

Marcel Hirscher fact file

– Hirscher passed Alberto Tomba in the record books with five Alta Badia GS victories.

– He also became the first man to win five consecutive GS races at a single resort.

– His Alta Badia victory was his 24th FIS World Cup giant slalom win and 48th overall.

Did you know? He narrowly escaped injury at an FIS World Cup race in 2015 when a drone fell from the sky and landed fractionally behind him during a slalom run.

Did you also know? His hobbies in the summer break include dirt-bike racing, tightrope walking and white-water rafting.



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