Alpine skiing: Extraordinary Hirscher wins in Adelboden

Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:50am EST
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By Manuele Lang

ADELBODEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Austria's Marcel Hirscher won his third World Cup slalom in succession on Sunday, fighting back from the disappointment of the previous day.

With a blistering second run, the World Cup holder and leader came back from eighth in the morning leg to win in a combined time of one minute 51.75 seconds.

Beaten in Saturday's giant slalom after a bad mistake on one of the last gates, Hirscher reasserted his supremacy and increased his lead in the World Cup overall standings to 126 points over Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal.

"Obviously, it's not the same outcome as yesterday. Sometimes you make the most of the opportunity and sometimes you push too hard," Hirscher told reporters.

"It has nothing to do with pressure as I handle it well when I'm leading after the first run. It's just that today's second run was extraordinary. I've surprised myself," said the Austrian, the first skier to win the Adelboden slalom twice.

Svindal, his main rival for the big globe who does not take part in slaloms, acknowledged the exceptional performance by the Austrian when he wrote on his Twitter account: "Wow, Marcel Hirscher!"

Winner in Madonna di Campiglio, Zagreb and Adelboden as well as finishing on the podium of the two other slaloms held this season, Hirscher is now a comfortable leader in the discipline's World Cup.

Holder Andre Myhrer of Sweden straddled a gate in the second leg for the first time since the same race a year ago.   Continued...

Marcel Hirscher of Austria clears a gate during the first run of the Alpine Skiing World Cup men's slalom ski race in Adelboden January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Pascal Lauener