Fresh from his double-gold victory at the PyeongChang Olympics, Marcel Hirscher is not slowing down, literally.
The 29-year-old finished in 2 minutes, 20.76 seconds in Kranjska Gora in Slovenia. The time was 1.66 seconds faster than second place finisher Henrik Kristoffersen. Third place went to Frenchman Alexis Pinturault who was more than two seconds behind from the champion.
Hirscher already matched American Ted Ligety’s five total GS title. Amazingly, the Austrian won the GS championship four straight times. He still needs to win four more to match Ingemar Stenmark’s tally.
“I am very happy that it happened today,” Hirscher said in an interview with Eurosport. “To me this comes as a little bit as a surprise as I haven’t been thinking about it. I was just thinking about the race.”
Hirscher is on the brink of history as he’s on pace to grab the World Cup crown for the seventh straight time. There’s one more giant slalom race to decide the winner, but he’s already posted 1,394 points compared to his closest rival, Kristoffersen, who has 1,125 points.
On March 17, the Austrian is expected to lock the World Cup title.
n the recent PyeongChang Olympics, Hirscher took home the gold medal on the giant slalom event and the combined alpine skiing event.
He came into the competition as the favorite so the pressure was on. Hirscher also had to ward off Kristoffersen who was coming in fast behind him at the men’s Olympics finals.
I had no choice, I knew I have to give 100% and I have to go into this battle,” Hirscher said of his gold medal win. “The first Olympics, they were not so successful. I mean, finishing fourth and fifth, it was OK.”
Then in Sochi Olympics in 2014, he also finished at the second and fourth place.
“And now, I think it pays off,” he added.