(Reuters) – Marcel Hirscher loved some other stellar weekend in his pursuit of ski racing landmarks as he finished a victorious double in Adelboden, Switzerland on Sunday that driven him ever nearer to an 8th directly total International Cup triumph.
Alpine Snowboarding – Alpine Snowboarding International Cup – Males’s Slalom – Adelboden, Switzerland – January 13, 2019 Austria’s Marcel Hirscher in motion REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Austria’s outstanding double Olympic champion, whose best present opposition turns out to come back from the ski racing historical past books, added the slalom name to the enormous slalom crown he effectively defended on Saturday.
His triumph on Sunday noticed the 29-year-old turn into the primary skier to win 9 occupation titles at a unmarried International Cup venue as, for the second one consecutive day, he produced a 2nd run rate to come back from in the back of and smash his fighters.
3rd-fastest after the primary run, Hirscher stored his perfect for the afternoon to complete zero.50 seconds forward of emerging Frenchman Clement Noel, who earned his first occupation podium end.
Henrik Kristoffersen, who additionally noticed Hirscher beat him after he had led following the primary run within the massive slalom, once more needed to accept the now acquainted feeling of a minor podium spot in the back of the Austrian, completing 3rd.
It was once the 3rd time Hirscher has finished the Adelboden double and intended he surpassed Ingemar Stenmark, at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, and Aksel Lund Svindal, in Lake Louise, Canada, who each gained 8 instances at one hotel.
His weekend’s heroics took his tally of International Cup wins to 67 as he continues to house in on Stenmark whilst appearing completely no signal of slackening the tempo in his pursuit of the good Swede’s all-time mark of 86.
Now on the right track for a 6th International Cup slalom name and a monstrous 405 issues transparent of Kristoffersen in his bid for an exceptional 8th total crown, even Hirscher can rarely credit score the level of his domination.
“It’s improbable, that’s evidently,” Hirscher informed journalists, speaking of the resumption of his outstanding dominance after a contemporary underwhelming spell via his requirements.
“It underlines for me individually, this seven years the place I’ve been functioning at this degree, I feel that is value probably the most.”
Of his love affair with Adelboden, he added: “Right here, I reached my first top-10 position, now I’ve 16 cowbells (a report for podium finishes for male skiers at any unmarried venue) and 9 wins. That is in point of fact a unique position.”
En direction in opposition to most likely including to his six different world gold medals on this yr’s International Championships subsequent month in Are, Sweden, Hirscher’s subsequent forestall in his International Cup attack will probably be within the Wengen slalom subsequent Sunday.
Reporting via Ian Chadband, modifying via Ed Osmond