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Alpine Skiing: Hirscher wins Alta Badia giant slalom

Alpine Skiing: Hirscher wins Alta Badia giant slalom
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Marcel Hirscher celebrated back to back World Cup giant slalom wins on Sunday by winning in the Italian resort of Alta Badia.

The Gran Risa piste is considered one of the most challenging giant slalom courses in the world.

But showing much needed skill and stamina, two-time defending overall World Cup champion Hirscher made it look easy.

The Austrian was fastest in the first and held on with a solid second run to clock a combined winning time of 2 minutes, 37.45 seconds.

It was Hirscher’s second straight victory in the discipline after also winning in France a week ago and after four races he tops the giant slalom standings.

Alexis Pinturault of France enjoyed his second runners up finish of the campaign while having won the opening two giant slalom races of the season American Ted Ligety crossed over in third place.

Hirscher tops the discipline standings on 320 points with Ligety – a four time world cup champion in the giant slalom – on 260 points in second.

Hirscher closed the gap on leader Aksel Lund Svindal in the overall classification to 95 points.

After Christmas, the circuit resumes with a men’s downhill in Bormio, Italy on 29 December.