Kostelic adds slalom win as Hirscher DQs


Ivica Kostelic’s experience, and what he did with it, paid dividends Sunday (Jan. 15) as he added the slalom of the 82nd Lauberhorn to Friday’s win of the combined. It marked his 22nd career World Cup win, his fourth slalom win at Wengen and his fourth win of the season. Over this season and last it is his 11th January victory.

The first run exit of Austrian Marcel Hirscher definitely played a role in the race. He had won the three previous slaloms and appeared well on his way to the fourth looking like a skier from another league. With crisp turns, steady body, perfect form and smooth transitions between turns he had blazed to a .77 of a second lead only to have the television cameras reveal he had straddled a gate high on the course.

“It can happen at any gate. It’s business,” Hirscher said. “What can I say? It happened. I skied an awesome run. …  I couldn’t feel exactly what happened. Sometimes you hit a gate pretty close. It’s not a big difference between straddling and hitting a gate pretty hard.”

With Hirscher gone it left Mario Matt, Cristian Deville and Kostelic in the lead separated by .03. Deville, perhaps snake bit after a second run DNF a week ago at Adelboden tried to attack, got back seated and dropped down the finish order. Matt, marking his umpteenth comeback as the final skier of the second run took attack mode early, had some small errors on the steep and lost all the advantage the attack had gained, dropping off the podium as well.

Strategically Kostelic was content to ski solid on top and save his charging for the bottom. He found the section on a sun splashed lower slope where he could attack and posted a huge. 85 winning margin.

“Above did not risk full because the road was very bad,” he told Austrian reporters. “Below I have then given the gas. It worked.”

It was Swede Andre Myhrer who collected the second step on the podium and young German Fritz Dopfer coming from the 23rd start who got third. Matt finished fourth and Deville sixth behind Felix Neureuther.

Dopfer said his first podium this season at Beaver Creek had convinced him he was fast enough to win on the World Cup. “Today I had the hundredths of luck on my side,” he said.

The American action was over after the first run. In frozen hell manner only Bode Miller completed the run and he was too far out to qualify among the top 30 for a second run. Ted Ligety and Nolan Kasper both exited high on the track.

“I did 5 gates,” said Kasper. “Yeah, I inspected it. It looked fine. There were some challenging sections but I definitely didn’t think where I went out today was challenging. I hit a little bump. It’s such a fine line with slalom.”

Will Brandenburg, Jimmy Cochran and Colby Granstrom each made it further than Kasper and Ligety, but all failed to finish the first heat. Canadians Mike Janyk and Brad Spence did make the turn and finished 18th and 20th respectively.

Gepa photo

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee
Men’s World Cup Slalom, Wengen, Switzerland, Jan. 15, 2012
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Kostelic, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
2 Myhrer, Nordica/Nordica/
3 Dopfer, Nordica/Nordica/
4 Matt, Blizzard/Tecnica/Marker
5 Neureuther, Nordica/Nordica/
6 Deville, Volkl/Fischer/Marker
7 Gross, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
8 Pinturault, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
9 Myhre, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
10 Byggmark, Voelkl/Tecnica/Marker

Men’s World Cup Slalom, Wengen, Switzerland, Jan. 15, 2012. … It is the 18th of 45 races on the men’s 2012 World Cup schedule with one cancellation (city event Munich). … It is the sixth of 11 scheduled slaloms. … the third of five scheduled in the month of January. … It is the final race of three at the 82nd Lauberhornrennen. … The 95th World Cup event to be held at least in part at Wengen and the 33rd Cup slalom at the site. … Ivica Kostelic has won the race three times including the last two seasons.

It is the 22nd career World Cup win for Ivica Kostelic. … He is nine shy of his sister’s Croatian record. … It is his 14th career Cup slalom win. … It is his sixth win at Wengen (and second in three days) and his fourth of the season, third in slalom.

It is the 10th career World Cup podium result for Andre Myhrer, all in slalom. … It is his second at Wengen. … It is his second podium of the season, both second place finishes behind Kostelic.

It is the second career World Cup podium for Fritz Dopfer both this season and in different disciplines. … He was third in GS at Beaver Creek Dec. 4.

Mike Janyk matches his 40th best Cup result. … It is his fifth best at Wengen and his fourth score of the season. … It is the 12th best of 15 scoring results for Brad Spence. … his fifth score of the season.

Marcel Hirscher (DSQ 1st) maintains the lead of the World Cup overall standings 725-695 over Kostelic. … Beat Feuz (did not race) is third at 545. … Ted Ligety (DNF 1st) is fourth overall with 493pts. … Bode Miller (DNQ) is sixth with 448pts. … Erik Guay (did not race) is top Canadian in 24th with 172pts. … Kostelic strengthens his lead in the slalom standings to 485-360 over Hirscher. … Myhrer is third at 295pts. … Nolan Kasper (DNF 1st) is top US skier in 17th with 90pts. … Janyk top Canadian in 20th with 78pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup standings 3065-1875 for Switzerland. … Italy is third at 1720. … The US is fifth with 1222 and Canada tenth with 583pts.

Place   Wengen (SUI)   Discipline   Slalom
Date   15.01.2012   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   1419   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Fischer Andreas (GER)
       
  

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  3  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   53.67  52.00  1:45.67  0.00
 2  7  501017 MYHRER Andre  1983  SWE   53.99  52.53  1:46.52  4.91
 3  23  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER   54.31  52.24  1:46.55  5.08
 4  2  50707 MATT Mario  1979  AUT   53.64  52.95  1:46.59  5.31
 5  4  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix  1984  GER   54.21  52.39  1:46.60  5.37
 6  1  291145 DEVILLE Cristian  1981  ITA   53.66  53.21  1:46.87  6.93
 7  20  293797 GROSS Stefano  1986  ITA   54.46  52.55  1:47.01  7.74
 8  29  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   54.78  52.26  1:47.04  7.91
 9  34  421400 MYHRE Lars Elton  1984  NOR   54.09  52.98  1:47.07  8.08
 10  12  501101 BYGGMARK Jens  1985  SWE   54.80  52.43  1:47.23  9.01
 11  8  501223 BAECK Axel  1987  SWE   54.31  52.95  1:47.26  9.18
 12  15  50624 PRANGER Manfred  1978  AUT   54.94  52.51  1:47.45  10.28
 13  22  290732 THALER Patrick  1978  ITA   54.77  52.94  1:47.71  11.78
 14  46  50824 DREIER Christoph  1981  AUT   55.38  52.41  1:47.79  12.24
 15  16  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   54.64  53.19  1:47.83  12.47
 16  10  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano  1984  ITA   55.25  52.66  1:47.91  12.93
 17  26  511174 VOGEL Markus  1984  SUI   54.76  53.16  1:47.92  12.99
 18  24  500656 LARSSON Markus  1979  SWE   55.46  52.53  1:47.99  13.39
 19  19  102435 JANYK Michael  1982  CAN   55.50  52.50  1:48.00  13.45
 20  9  501111 HARGIN Mattias  1985  SWE   55.10  53.15  1:48.25  14.89
 21  27  102912 SPENCE Brad  1984  CAN   55.76  52.65  1:48.41  15.82
 22  45  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   55.43  53.01  1:48.44  15.99
 23  54  51395 DIGRUBER Marc  1988  AUT   55.64  53.00  1:48.64  17.14
 24  37  150644 KRYZL Krystof  1986  CZE   55.60  53.41  1:49.01  19.28
 25  36  193334 RIVAS Gabriel  1986  FRA   55.25  54.13  1:49.38  21.42
 26  30  193347 TISSOT Maxime  1986  FRA   54.91  1:05.13  2:00.04  82.95
 27  40  50981 HOERL Wolfgang  1983  AUT   55.59  1:09.76  2:05.35  113.61
Disqualified 2nd run
   14  560355 VALENCIC Mitja  1978  SLO         
Disqualified 1st run
   5  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel  1989  AUT         
Did not qualify 1st run
   69  92534 CHONGAROV Nikola  1989  BUL         
   66  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG         
   63  150495 VRABLIK Martin  1982  CZE         
   59  191750 FANARA Thomas  1981  FRA         
   53  50931 BECHTER Patrick  1982  AUT         
   50  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian  1987  NOR         
   49  201891 SCHMID Philipp  1986  GER         
   47  150594 TREJBAL Filip  1985  CZE         
   42  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander  1984  RUS         
   31  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA         
   28  511908 SCHMIDIGER Reto  1992  SUI         
Did not finish 2nd run
   39  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan  1989  NOR         
   6  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste  1984  FRA         
Did not finish 1st run
   70  700724 BABUSIAK Jaroslav  1984  SVK         
   68  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej  1988  POL         
   67  320293 KYUNG Sung-Hyun  1990  KOR         
   65  561117 KUERNER Miha  1987  SLO         
   64  103646 ZAITSOFF Sasha  1990  CAN         
   62  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO         
   61  194332 MARICAL Antoine  1991  FRA         
   60  990048 BORSOTTI Giovanni  1990  ITA         
   58  501116 LAHDENPERAE Anton  1985  SWE         
   57  501557 PIETILAE HOLMNER Johan  1991  SWE         
   56  320266 JUNG Dong-Hyun  1988  KOR         
   55  301312 SASAKI Akira  1981  JPN         
   52  102922 WHITE Trevor  1984  CAN         
   51  561148 SKUBE Matic  1988  SLO         
   48  102456 BIGGS Patrick  1982  CAN         
   44  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI         
   43  421849 JOHANSEN Truls  1989  NOR         
   41  102727 STUTZ Paul  1983  CAN         
   38  50547 SCHOENFELDER Rainer  1977  AUT         
   35  930105 GRANSTROM Colby  1990  USA         
   33  534040 COCHRAN Jimmy  1981  USA         
   32  530165 BRANDENBURG Will  1987  USA         
   25  301709 YUASA Naoki  1983  JPN         
   21  50605 HERBST Reinfried  1978  AUT         
   18  532138 KASPER Nolan  1989  USA         
   17  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA         
   13  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA         
   11  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA       

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