Hirscher aims to mine more gold in slalom

Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:32pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) - The mighty Austrians have dominated the medal table at the alpine ski world championships and Marcel Hirscher is favored to add yet another gold as defending champion in the men's slalom on Sunday.

The three-times overall World Cup champion has already shown his liking for the plunging slopes at Beaver Creek Mountain where he will bid to retain the title he claimed in Schladming two years ago.

Hirscher has mined gold in the super combined and team events, along with a silver in the giant slalom on Friday, and will be aiming to leave the snow of Colorado with the seventh world championship medal of his career.

Widely considered the best skier of his generation, the Austrian says he has already achieved the objectives he set for himself at these world championships, so victory in the concluding slalom would be an added bonus.

"My plans for these championships were, in the best case, to catch one medal, it doesn't matter which color," Hirscher said after clinching the combined title on Sunday.

"So I reached my goals and everything that happens now is just super good."

Having since added another gold and a silver, Hirscher said that he was "super happy with everything" he has achieved at Beaver Creek where the Austrian team has piled up a total of nine medals with two more events to come.

While Hirscher will be the headliner and title favorite on Sunday, there are several other contenders, including Germany's Felix Neureuther, Olympic champion Mario Matt of Austria, Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen and France's Alexis Pinturault.   Continued...

Feb 13, 2015; Vail, CO, USA; Marcel Hirscher of Austria waves to the crowd during the medals ceremony for the men's giant slalom in the FIS alpine skiing world championships at Championships Plaza. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports