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Alpine skiing: Hirscher inches closer to legendary status with slalom world title


Alpine skiing: Hirscher inches closer to legendary status with slalom world title

The Alpine skiing world championships in St-Moritz ended on a high note for Marcel Hirscher.

On Friday the Austrian ace stormed to victory in the giant slalom and on Sunday he was back on top of the podium adding the slalom crown to his list of achievements.

The 27-year-old led after the first run and maintained that position in the second to finish ahead of compatriot Manuel Feller and celebrate his sixth world championship title.

It was his third medal at St Moritz after also claiming the silver in the combined.

Felix Neureuther came home third to hand Germany a first medal at this edition of the event.

One of the pre-race favourites Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway just missed out on a podium placing in fourth while Britain’s Dave Ryding finished 11th after being fourth fastest in the first run.

Marcel Hirscher’s CV now includes six world championship gold medals. Six, is also the likely number of overall World Cup titles he will have come the end of this season.

Bar accident he will set a new record with a sixth consecutive World Cup crystal globe.

French skiers Julien Lizeroux, Alexis Pinturault and Victor Muffat-Jeandet spoke to Euronews about Hirscher’s dominance of the slopes and his status as one of the greatest skiers to have graced the elite circuit.

Lizeroux, a slalom specialist and three-time race winner on the World Cup tour, said: “His dominance inspires me. He is fast-becoming the best skier of all time. When he produces a good race he is first, when his performance is average he still manages third or fourth. It is something I can’t imagine happening to me. Technically he is very solid. Also physically he is very strong. Whatever you say, his list of achievements is well deserved.”

Muffat-Jeandet added: “It is truly remarkable what he has done in order to win five overall World Cup titles in a row. I don’t think there is any secret to it all, it’s just that he is one of the best skiers of all time. He has really raised the bar high for the general standings these last few years. He has done everything to achieve that objective. He was gifted at an early age and had good results as a youngster and now he’s a little more mature.”

Four-time World Cup combined champion Pinturault said: “I think he is one of the best skiers in the history of the sport, otherwise he would not have achieved what he has already. I think now he has convinced everyone where he belongs in the skiing ranks. What is for sure is that he is still relatively young so he has more to offer in the future.”