Alpine

Americans Struggle as Hirscher Wins Slalom Title

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USSA
2017-03-05 08:22
 

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (March 5, 2017) – A day after wrapping up his sixth-straight overall World Cup title, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher added another crystal globe to his trophy case - the World Cup slalom title.

Austria’s Michael Matt won Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom race under light rain and sloppy course conditions. Italy’s Stefano Gross was second, followed by Germany’s Felix Neureuther in third. But it was Hirscher’s fourth-place finish that sealed the overall slalom title, his fourth career slalom crystal globe.

David Chodounsky
David Chodounsky finished 19th at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom Sunday in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Stanko Gruden)

For the Americans it was a tough day in Slovenia. David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) was the only American to qualify for the second run, eventually finishing 19th. Starting 23rd, Chodounsky had a solid first run – finishing 11th. But ran into a bit of difficulty near the bottom of his second run on the wet, rutted course.

Mark Engel (Truckee, CA) just missed qualifying for the second run, finishing 34th in the first run. Robby Kelley (Starksboro, VT), AJ Ginnis (Vouliagmeni, Greece) and Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, CO) did not qualify for the second run.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Austria’s Michael Matt won Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom race. Italy’s Stefano Gross was second, followed by Germany’s Felix Neureuther in third.
  • Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won the overall World Cup slalom title following his fourth-place finish Sunday.
  • David Chodounsky was the only American to qualify for the second run, finishing 19th.
  • Road to Aspen: A day after wrapping up his sixth-straight overall World Cup title, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher added the World Cup slalom title following his fourth-place finish Sunday. Hirscher has also won the overall World Cup giant slalom title. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud is the overall super G champion. The only title yet to be decided is downhill. Jansrud holds a 31-point lead over Italy’s Peter Fill. The final downhill of the season is March 15 in Aspen.

RESULTS
Men’s slalom