Hirscher back on track with Are giant slalom win

Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:06pm EST
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By Manuele Lang

ARE, Sweden (Reuters) - World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria shook off his recent poor form to win his second giant slalom of the season in Are on Friday.

Beaten in his last three World Cup outings, Hirscher eclipsed his rivals in the floodlit race with the fastest times in both runs for a combined two minutes 30.18 seconds.

Unfazed by the races being moved from Val d’Isere – where he had won for three seasons in a row - to Sweden, Hirscher beat Olympic and world champion Ted Ligety by a 1.22 seconds.

American Ligety, who won in Beaver Creek a week ago, was 0.28 ahead of third-placed German Stefan Luitz.

“Apart from a little something near the end, I skied a flawless first leg," said Hirscher, who won the season opener in Soelden. "It’s going better and better each day. I can see I’m improving.”

World Cup leader Kjetil Jansrud of Norway failed to finish the morning run and saw his overall lead over Hirscher trimmed to 72 points.

VERSATILE MAZE   Continued...

Austria's Marcel Hirscher competes during the first run of the men's giant slalom event during the FIS Ski World Cup in Are, December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Marcus Ericsson/TT News Agency