Marcel Hirscher cemented his status as one of Alpine skiing’s all time greats after becoming the first skier in history to win a sixth successive overall World Cup title.
The 28-year old Austrian won a giant Slalom at the Slovenian resort of Kranjska Gora for his fifth triumph of the campaign.
The points earned for the victory were enough to give him an unassailable lead over Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud at the top of the standings with just five races (all disciplines) left this season.
Hirscher’s win on Saturday also left him with a third season-long crown in the giant slalom.
Norway’s Leif Kristian Haugen celebrated his best finish in a World Cup event with second place on the day.
Haugen, who has been on the elite circuit for eight years, grabbed a bronze medal in the recent World Championships in St Moritz.
And he carried over that fine form to Kranjska Gora where he was just over four tenths of a second off the winner’s pace.
It was his first career World Cup podium finish.
Rounding out the podium in third was Sweden’s Matts Olsson.
It was his second World Cup top three finish of his career and comes a month after his first – a runners-up finish in another giant slalom race at he German resort of Garmisch Partenkirchen.
The men stay in Slovenia for a slalom race on Sunday before the final stop of the season in Aspen Colorado on 15 March.