Austrian ski racer Michael Matt celebrates his career's first World Cup victory in Slovenia on Sunday. (photo: FIS/Agence Zoom)

Americans Struggle as Hirscher Wins Slalom Title

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia – 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 for his maiden World Cup victory.

“It’s amazing, it’s unbelievable when you stand out there in the finish area. When you’re second after the first run and then the green light is in the second run when you’re in the finish, it’s amazing,” said Matt. “I watched (the other racers) at the World Championships in St. Moritz and that wasn’t good, so I didn’t watch today. I didn’t watch anyone, I just focused on me and my skiing and I’m really happy. I’v had a good experience in European Cup here on this hill and last year as well. I just like the hill and love to ski here.”

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Austrian ski racer Michael Matt celebrates his career's first World Cup victory in Slovenia on Sunday. (photo: FIS/Agence Zoom)
Austrian ski racer Michael Matt celebrates his career’s first World Cup victory in Slovenia on Sunday. (photo: FIS/Agence Zoom)

Italy’s Stefano Gros 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.

For the Americans it was a tough day in Slovenia. David Chodounsky, of Crested Butte, Colo., 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.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia – Mar. 5, 2017
Men’s Slalom

Rank Name Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1 MATT Michael AUT  55.41  52.85  1:48.26  0.00  100.00
 2 GROSS Stefano ITA  54.26  54.30  1:48.56  +0.30  2.00  80.00
 3 NEUREUTHER Felix GER  55.88  52.84  1:48.72  +0.46  3.06  60.00
 4 HIRSCHER Marcel AUT  55.73  53.33  1:49.06  +0.80  5.32  50.00
 5 MYHRER Andre SWE  56.30  53.20  1:49.50  +1.24  8.25  45.00
 6 THALER Patrick ITA  58.53  51.02  1:49.55  +1.29  8.58  40.00
 7 MOELGG Manfred ITA  55.89  53.86  1:49.75  +1.49  9.91  36.00
 8 LIZEROUX Julien FRA  56.28  53.55  1:49.83  +1.57  10.44  32.00
 9 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor FRA  57.93  51.97  1:49.90  +1.64  10.91  29.00
 10 KHOROSHILOV Alexander RUS  56.42  53.54  1:49.96  +1.70  11.31  26.00
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