Hirscher gets Snow Queen win in Zagreb


Marcel Hirscher took the Snow Queen slalom at Zagreb for the second straight year, but not without a challenge from Jens Byggmark. As it turned out Byggmark took himself out with a mistake filled second run and Hirscher got the win by a half a second. “Winning isn’t everything,” Byggmark tweeted, “just 99.9 percent.” His second run dropped him nearly off the bottom of the result list and he finished 26th.

Sweden still got second place from Andre Myhrer, .57 behind Hirscher while Mario Matt was third for a significant placing.

 With snow and rain alternating at the Crveni Spust and fog rolling on and off the course conditions were far from ideal, but the crowd was, as usual, enjoying the festivities. Hirscher said the course was “brutal,” adding, “I realized if I want to have a chance then I have to give full throttle. … It was a pretty crazy ride today. The people here have such a pleasure with the skiing.”

He gave it all he had, but he was not the fastest skier of the second run, that honor went to the French with Thomas Mermillod Blondin, the 17th finisher, taking advantage of a clean track with the third start. Truth be known the run of another Frenchman, Steve Missillier was better than Hirscher’s time as well and gave him a top 10 finish in ninth. But Hirscher’s run came with the softening track rutted and nasty and frankly, he toasted all who started near him, save, perhaps, Myhrer.

Matt, at 33, is fighting for a spot on Austria’s World Championship team and said one first run error, where a gate hit his boot and threw him off balance. He was not surprised, however, to have finished on the podium. “Over Christmas I’ve tested well. In training I was there with Marcel. With two flawless runs I can ride in the front.”

Dave Chodounsky led the Americans with a sixth fastest second run and a finish of 18th. He had managed 26th in the first run, no small feat considering the soft snow and ruts.

The day belonged to Hirscher, and he did his best to share that with his hosts. “I love coming to Zagreb, the atmosphere here is always amazing and it’s a pleasure to ski in front of so many people. Thank you for being such an amazing crowd,” he said. “Last year Zagreb was a challenging race, because of all that went on with Ivica but this year I really felt loved by the crowd and both days I was here I really felt welcomed and I would like to thank everyone for that.”

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Men’s World Cup slalom, Zagreb, Croatia, Jan. 6, 2013
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
2 Myhrer, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
3 Matt, Blizzard/Tecnica/Marker
4 Gross, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
5 Neureuther, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
6 Pinturault, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
7 Moelgg, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
8 Kostelic, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
9 Missliiler, Dynastar/Lange/Look
10 Thaler, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

Men’s World Cup slalom, Zagreb, Croatia, Jan. 6, 2013. … It is the 34th race of the 2012-13 World Cup season. … the 16th of 36 on the men’s schedule. … and the fourth of nine scheduled men’s slaloms. … It is the 15th Cup race hosted at Zagreb, the sixth for men.

It is the 15th career World Cup win for Marcel Hirscher. … his eighth in slalom. … It is his third win of the season (2nd in slalom) and his ninth podium. … He has not missed the podium in any race he has completed. … It is his second win at Zagreb having also won one year and one day ago.

It is the 16th career World Cup podium for Andre Myhrer. … 15th in slalom (and one city event). … It is his second podium of the season having won the slalom opener at Levi. … He has placd fourth three times this season. … It is his second podium at Zagreb having won the race in 2011.

It is the 37th career World Cup podium for Mario Matt. … his first of the season. … He won at Zagreb Feb. 17, 2008. … He is the third ranked Austrian slalom winner of all time behind two active racers, Marlies Schild and Benjamin Raich.

It is the second best career Cup result for David Chodounsky. … and his second score at Zagreb. … His only better finish is 15th at Val d’Isere, also in slalom, earlier this season.

Hirscher leads the men’s World Cup overall standings 740-689 over Aksel Lund Svindal (did not race). … Ted Ligety (DNF 1st) is third with 552pts. … Top Canadian is Erik Guay (did not race) in 18th with 189pts. … Hirscher leads the slalom standings 420-341 over Felix Neureuther (fifth in race). … Myhrer is third with 330pts. … Ligety is top American in 13th with 86pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 2682-1892 over Italy. … France is third with 1433pts. … The US is fifth with 963 and Canada eighth with 434.

Zagreb (CRO)
FIS World Cup
Men’s Slalom
Jan. 6, 2013

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  3  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel  1989  AUT   58.66  57.51  1:56.17  0.00
 2  7  501017 MYHRER Andre  1983  SWE   59.17  57.57  1:56.74  3.04
 3  10  50707 MATT Mario  1979  AUT   59.15  58.11  1:57.26  5.82
 4  2  293797 GROSS Stefano  1986  ITA   58.79  58.53  1:57.32  6.14
 5  6  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix  1984  GER   59.20  58.28  1:57.48  6.99
 6  14  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   59.54  57.96  1:57.50  7.10
 7  13  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA   59.84  58.06  1:57.90  9.23
 8  4  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   58.88  59.07  1:57.95  9.50
 9  21  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA   1:01.14  57.37  1:58.51  12.49
 10  15  290732 THALER Patrick  1978  ITA   1:01.04  57.51  1:58.55  12.70
 11  12  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER   1:00.13  58.45  1:58.58  12.86
 12  22  500656 LARSSON Markus  1979  SWE   1:01.16  57.56  1:58.72  13.61
 12  16  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:00.57  58.15  1:58.72  13.61
 14  5  291145 DEVILLE Cristian  1981  ITA   1:00.64  58.38  1:59.02  15.21
 15  32  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik  1994  NOR   1:01.41  57.65  1:59.06  15.42
 16  9  501111 HARGIN Mattias  1985  SWE   1:00.25  58.84  1:59.09  15.58
 17  43  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   1:01.74  57.36  1:59.10  15.64
 18  33  534508 CHODOUNSKY David  1984  USA   1:01.64  57.56  1:59.20  16.17
 19  27  501223 BAECK Axel  1987  SWE   1:01.22  58.03  1:59.25  16.44
 19  20  50605 HERBST Reinfried  1978  AUT   1:00.05  59.20  1:59.25  16.44
 21  28  150644 KRYZL Krystof  ss="print0" style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 9px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, Swiss, SunSans-Regular; background-color: #ffffff; vertical-align: top;" align="center">1986  CZE   1:01.79  57.51  1:59.30  16.70
 22  25  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste  1984  FRA   1:00.87  58.57  1:59.44  17.45
 23  38  193967 MUFFAT JEANDET Victor  1989  FRA   1:01.74  57.71  1:59.45  17.51
 24  17  560355 VALENCIC Mitja  1978  SLO   1:00.65  58.84  1:59.49  17.72
 25  37  180703 PALONIEMI Santeri  1993  FIN   1:01.57  58.01  1:59.58  18.20
 26  1  501101 BYGGMARK Jens  1985  SWE   58.65  1:00.98  1:59.63  18.47
 27  23  511174 VOGEL Markus  1984  SUI   1:01.66  58.60  2:00.26  21.83
 28  40  700830 ZAMPA Adam  1990  SVK   1:01.54  1:00.42  2:01.96  30.90
Did not start 1st run
   36  421849 JOHANSEN Truls  1989  NOR         
Did not qualify for 2nd run
   77  380361 RODES Istok  1996  CRO         
   76  750088 RISTEVSKI Antonio  1989  MKD         
   73  430633 JASICZEK Michal  1994  POL         
   70  700868 FALAT Matej  1993  SVK         
   68  150743 BERNDT Ondrej  1988  CZE         
   66  6290183 RONCI Giordano  1992  ITA         
   60  511983 AERNI Luca  1993  SUI         
   55  511908 SCHMIDIGER Reto  1992  SUI         
   51  102239 COUSINEAU Julien  1981  CAN         
   50  150594 TREJBAL Filip  1985  CZE         
   48  201896 STEHLE Dominik  1986  GER         
   46  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan  1989  NOR         
   45  301312 SASAKI Akira  1981  JPN         
   34  202437 LUITZ Stefan  1992  GER         
   24  50981 HOERL Wolfgang  1983  AUT         
Did not finish 2nd run
   19  301709 YUASA Naoki  1983  JPN         
   8  50624 PRANGER Manfred  1978  AUT         
Did not finish 1st run
   75  710320 LAIKERT Igor  1991  BIH         
   74  860005 BRACHNER Patrick  1992  AZE         
   72  92562 PRISADOV Stefan  1990  BUL         
   71  380335 ZUBCIC Filip  1993  CRO         
   69  380334 VIDOVIC Matej  1993  CRO         
   67  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG         
   65  561117 KUERNER Miha  1987  SLO         
   64  103646 ZAITSOFF Sasha  1990  CAN         
   63  103729 READ Erik  1991  CAN         
   62  194207 THEOLIER Steven  1990
 
FRA         
   61  193334 RIVAS Gabriel  1986  FRA         
   59  193347 TISSOT Maxime  1986  FRA         
   58  501458 LINDH Calle  1990  SWE         
   57  50547 SCHOENFELDER Rainer  1977  AUT         
   56  561148 SKUBE Matic  1988  SLO         
   54  193986 PLACE Francois  1989  FRA         
   53  220689 RYDING David  1986  GBR         
   52  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor  1985  CRO         
   49  102727 STUTZ Paul  1983  CAN         
   47  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon  1992  SUI         
   44  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander  1984  RUS         
   42  934502 ANKENY Michael  1991  USA         
   41  291318 TONETTI Riccardo  1989  ITA         
   39  54063 FELLER Manuel  1992  AUT         
   35  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian  1987  NOR         
   31  421400 MYHRE Lars Elton  1984  NOR         
   30  530165 BRANDENBURG Will  1987  USA         
   29  511127 GINI Marc  1984  SUI         
   26  102435 JANYK Michael  1982  CAN         
   18  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano  1984  ITA         
   11  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA       

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