WENGEN, Switzerland – On Sunday, the tech racers take over the hill in Wengen and race a slalom on the Jungfrau / Männlichen course. Despite a record holding biography, the Austrian star had never celebrated a win on this slalom hill in the past and was looking to get even.
With a +0.35 advantage over André Myhrer and +0.59 on slalom whiz Henrik Kristoffersen from the first run, Hirscher could charge the second run and ski to his 25th slalom win, claimed in 15 different resorts. This slalom win also makes it 5 in a row for Marcel Hirscher. Another record he hadn’t achieved before today. Marcel Hirscher is now one World Cup win shy of legend Hermann Maier in second place of all-time.
The Norwegian slalom globe winner of 2016 participated in his 100th World Cup race today, earning a total of 40 podiums, a pretty impressive quote that surpasses the number Marcel Hirscher had at that point in his career. However, Henrik Kristoffersen hopes for more wins, and not “only” podiums. Since the start of this season, he was on the podium at every race, but wasn’t able to win yet. He becomes the first athlete to record more than five slalom podiums without a win.
In 3rd place, André Myhrer confirms his great shape and takes the fourth place of the discipline standings that he won in 2012. The Swede found his pace in the first run and was able to hold on to the podium also in the second run, to grab a 26th podium in career.
The World Cup Tour now stands ahead of another intense race week in Kitzbuehel, with a super-g on Friday, the Hahnenkamm downhill on Saturday and a slalom on the Ganslerhang on Sunday.
Swiss Beat Feuz wins Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen
Taking the win in front of your home crowd, on a legendary track, on a beautiful sunny day, is pretty much as good as it gets. Beat Feuz had the honour today in Wengen as he won the legendary Lauberhorn downhill ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal and Matthias Mayer.
Feuz came down with bib number one and his run held up through a competitive field. Feuz had to sweat it out in the leader’s box as one-by-one his competitors came close but could not top the Swiss speed star. He withstood his first major test with Svindal came down two racers later, dangerously close to spoiling the Feuz fairy tale, but ultimately finishing 0.18 seconds behind.
German Thomas Dressen also challenged two races later, but ultimately had to settled for fifth place nearly a second behind Feuz, the next scare for the home crowd with their red and white flags came when Austrian Matthias Mayer was in the hunt. Wearing bib 11, he was close to Feuz, but finished 0.67 behind, good enough for the final podium place on the day.
After Wengen suffered the after effects of a major storm early in the week, the legendary race recovered amazing well as there was no sign of the major wind damage from earlier in the week. thousands of fans flocked to the Berner Oberland resort and enjoyed beautiful blue skies and as a bonus a Swiss victory.
The final race of the busy three competition weekend takes place tomorrow when the tech stars take center stage in the slalom.