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Hirscher wins Adelboden slalom, Chodounsky grabs another top 10

David Chodounsky in Adelboden (GEPA/Mario Kneisl)

David Chodounsky in Adelboden (GEPA/Mario Kneisl)

The very best at anything make the execution of their craft look effortless. There was nothing effortless about the World Cup slalom race at Adelboden, Switzerland Sunday (Jan. 12). Marcel Hirscher’s skiing on the final, brutal steep pitch into the stadium did not appear particularly fast. Like many before him, he appeared to struggle with the transition from the flat above onto the pitch. But when he crossed the finish timing beam, what had been a slight deficit above the steep had turned into a significant margin of victory at .29 of a second.

With little visible emotion, Hirscher had created a turning point in the season, gaining his fourth win, reclaiming the lead in both the World Cup slalom and overall standings. He calmly thanked the race organizers for the massive effort involved in keeping a reasonable race surface in 50 degree temperatures and went about the business inherent in winning World Cup races, posing for photographs, meeting with reporters and drug testing. All rather matter of fact.

As hard as the organizers worked, the conditions were not good. It was a nice enough day with the sun shining and that delicious warmth. But despite chemicals, the race surface could not hold up and continued to deteriorate with each passing skier, particularly on the very steep final pitch.

There was little doubt from the beginning of the second run that the race was going to be won, and lost for that matter, on that pitch. There was no grip for the skis and ruts conspired to bounce racers out of the track.

Slalom tour leader Mario Matt and Ted Ligety among them, many never got to the final exam. But any that managed control down the face leapt into the discussion of winning.

Among the first of the afternoon to show poise on the steep was Italian Patrick Thaler, amassing a huge .94 of a second margin that held up for the next 11 starters. His first run, however, was too weak to hope for much beyond the sixth he ended up in.

Henrik Kristoffersen, the 19-year-old Norwegian, capped off a stunning weekend in which he narrowly avoided a collision with an errant skier on Saturday in the GS with a podium placing Sunday, the second of his young career.

Swede Andre Myhrer charged, but starting just ahead of Hirscher, he didn’t have enough time to get into the leader’s box before he was bumped to second.

It was another solid day for David Chodounsky who used fundamental skills in the soft, chemically-altered snow to finish eighth, his second best slalom result ever and his second top 10 in slalom earned at Adelboden.

“It was tough,” he said. “The snow is not great and it’s warm so it ruts up. And then, when the sun starts to go down it gets difficult to see. Still, I made a couple of mistakes. If I can clean that up it would be really good. I’m happy. I skied solid.”

In the end, Hirscher summed it up well. “This is an awesome place to ski.”

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The Scoop

Men’s World Cup slalom, Adelboden, Switzerland, Jan. 12, 2014

Equipment - Skier, skis/boots/bindings

1 Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

2 Myhrer, Nordica/Nordica/

3 Kristoffersen, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

4 Hargin, Nordica/Nordica/

5 Moelgg, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

6 Thaler, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

7 Larsson, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

8 Chodounsky, Nordica/Nordica/

9 Gross, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker

10 Raich, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Men’s World Cup Slalom, Adelboden, Switzerland, Jan. 12, 2014. … It is the 16th of 34 races on the men’s schedule. … the fourth of nine slaloms. … It is the 56th World Cup race hosted by Adelboden and the 12th slalom.

It is the 22nd career World Cup victory for Marcel Hirscher. … his 12th in slalom. … It is his fourth win of the season and his fourth career win at Adelboden, one shy of the record five held by Ingemar Stenmark.

It is the 18th career World Cup podium for Andre Myhrer. … his 16th in slalom. … It is his first Adelboden podium and his first of the season.

It is the second career World Cup podium for Henrik Kristoffersen, the previous also a third in slalom, scored at Levi Nov. 17.

It is the fourth career World Cup top 10 for David Chodounsky… his second best slalom result after a seventh at Val d’Isere Dec, 15. … It is his second top 10 at Adelboden having placed tenth in slalom a year and a day prior. … Brad Spence matches his 15th best World Cup finish. … It is his first score of the season.

Marcel Hirscher regains the lead of the World Cup Overall standings 675-652 over Aksel Lund Svindal (did not race). … Ted Ligety (DNF in race) is third with 333pts. … Erik Guay (did not race) is top Canadian in eighth with 261pts. … Hirscher also regains the lead of the slalsom standings 280-220 over Mattias Hargin. … former leader Mario Matt slips to third with 200pts. … David Chodounsky is top American in 13th with 84pts. … Michael Janyk is top Canadian in 31st with 21pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 2585-1734 over France. … Italy is third with 1579pts. … The US is fifth with 898pts and Canada ninth with 663pts.

 

Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  7  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  52.27  57.48  1:49.75  0.00
 2  6  501017 MYHRER Andre 1983 SWE  52.31  57.73  1:50.04  +0.29  1.64
 3  10  422304 KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik 1994 NOR  52.75  57.66  1:50.41  +0.66  3.73
 4  2  501111 HARGIN Mattias 1985 SWE  51.80  58.75  1:50.55  +0.80  4.52
 5  3  292491 MOELGG Manfred 1982 ITA  52.39  58.36  1:50.75  +1.00  5.65
 6  15  290732 THALER Patrick 1978 ITA  53.86  57.11  1:50.97  +1.22  6.89
 7  12  500656 LARSSON Markus 1979 SWE  53.02  58.04  1:51.06  +1.31  7.40
 8  22  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  53.50  57.95  1:51.45  +1.70  9.60
 9  18  293797 GROSS Stefano 1986 ITA  53.33  58.16  1:51.49  +1.74  9.83
 10  13  50625 RAICH Benjamin 1978 AUT  53.00  58.59  1:51.59  +1.84  10.39
 11  14  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste 1984 FRA  53.50  58.16  1:51.66  +1.91  10.79
 12  9  50605 HERBST Reinfried 1978 AUT  54.22  57.69  1:51.91  +2.16  12.20
 13  25  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  53.64  58.30  1:51.94  +2.19  12.37
 14  8  202462 DOPFER Fritz 1987 GER  53.32  58.68  1:52.00  +2.25  12.71
 15  33  54063 FELLER Manuel 1992 AUT  54.29  57.90  1:52.19  +2.44  13.78
 15  21  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano 1984 ITA  53.96  58.23  1:52.19  +2.44  13.78
 17  24  511174 VOGEL Markus 1984 SUI  53.83  58.42  1:52.25  +2.50  14.12
 18  5  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica 1979 CRO  52.99  59.28  1:52.27  +2.52  14.24
 19  26  501223 BAECK Axel 1987 SWE  54.40  58.18  1:52.58  +2.83  15.99
 20  45  102912 SPENCE Brad 1984 CAN  54.73  58.03  1:52.76  +3.01  17.00
 21  37  501116 LAHDENPERAE Anton 1985 SWE  54.49  58.61  1:53.10  +3.35  18.92
 22  40  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  54.95  58.34  1:53.29  +3.54  20.00
 23  16  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  53.86  59.65  1:53.51  +3.76  21.24
 24  57  201891 SCHMID Philipp 1986 GER  54.94  1:12.22  2:07.16  +17.41  98.35
Disqualified 2nd run
 34  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan 1989 NOR
Did not start 1st run
 80  400237 MEINERS Maarten 1992 NED
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 77  491356 CARRERAS Pol 1990 SPA
 76  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier 1980 ARG
 75  294890 NANI Roberto 1988 ITA
 73  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS
 68  501401 SAXVALL Per 1989 SWE
 66  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI
 64  511908 SCHMIDIGER Reto 1992 SUI
 63  561148 SKUBE Matic 1988 SLO
 62  193967 MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor 1989 FRA
 61  103646 ZAITSOFF Sasha 1990 CAN
 59  202437 LUITZ Stefan 1992 GER
 54  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon 1992 SUI
 53  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA
 52  180703 PALONIEMI Santeri 1993 FIN
 51  291318 TONETTI Riccardo 1989 ITA
 47  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE
 46  930105 GRANSTROM Colby 1990 USA
 43  194212 THOULE Nicolas 1990 FRA
 42  511996 YULE Daniel 1993 SUI
 41  191459 LIZEROUX Julien 1979 FRA
 36  532138 KASPER Nolan 1989 USA
 31  532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA
 28  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian 1987 NOR
 23  560355 VALENCIC Mitja 1978 SLO
 11  301709 YUASA Naoki 1983 JPN
Did not finish 2nd run
 39  422082 SOLEVAAG Sebastian-Foss 1991 NOR
 30  291145 DEVILLE Cristian 1981 ITA
 17  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA
 4  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix 1984 GER
 1  50707 MATT Mario 1979 AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 79  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK
 78  193228 GARDET Benjamin 1986 BEL
 74  303097 ISHII Tomoya 1989 JPN
 72  430633 JASICZEK Michal 1994 POL
 71  550054 ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps 1992 LAT
 70  150398 BANK Ondrej 1980 CZE
 69  180567 RASANEN Joonas 1989 FIN
 67  6290183 RONCI Giordano 1992 ITA
 65  193334 RIVAS Gabriel 1986 FRA
 60  511127 GINI Marc 1984 SUI
 58  193347 TISSOT Maxime 1986 FRA
 56  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor 1985 CRO
 55  103676 BROWN Philip 1991 CAN
 50  102239 COUSINEAU Julien 1981 CAN
 49  220689 RYDING David 1986 GBR
 48  51395 DIGRUBER Marc 1988 AUT
 44  511983 AERNI Luca 1993 SUI
 38  301312 SASAKI Akira 1981 JPN
 35  102727 STUTZ Paul 1983 CAN
 32  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR
 29  50981 HOERL Wolfgang 1983 AUT
 27  102435 JANYK Michael 1982 CAN
 20  50624 PRANGER Manfred 1978 AUT
 19  192506 MISSILLIER Steve 1984 FRA

 

Hank McKee

Senior Editor

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