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Neureuther takes Wengen slalom win to close Lauberhorn


In 1973 and ’74, Christian Neureuther won the Wengen slalom. Sunday (Jan. 20) his son Felix joined him on the win list.

Neureuther said it was “an amazing day for me,” as he downed first leader Marcel Hirscher turning a .05 first run deficit into a .26 margin of victory and his fourth career World Cup win.

Hirscher took second and still holds a large 112point lead in the slalom standings, and Ivica Kostelic, the winner of this race the last three seasons, skied a smart race to third.

Despite not taking a podium placing it was a great day for Italians who wound up with three skiers in the top seven. Manfred Moelgg led for much of the second heat and held on for fourth with Stefano Gross fifth and Guiliano Razzoli charging into seventh behind Neureuther’s teammate Fritz Dopfer.

Ted Ligety led the Americans in 13th place. Canada’s Michael Janyk got on the scoreboard in 26th.

The day was considerably warmer than it had been earlier in the week as the warm African breeze known as the Fahn moved into Wengen’s weather pattern, making for an ever softening course. It kept things interesting. Neither Hircher or Neureuther had perfect runs on the famed Maennlichen slope that carries racers past haybarns and in and out of the sun. Neureuther was forced to jam his way through a turn above the steep and Hirscher needed an athletic inside ski turn just to stay on course.

In fact, the fastest second run of the day – set by German coach Albert Doppelhofer – belonged to Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Grange, though he managed only 14th place over two runs.

The race set up well for a big finish. There were 16 men within a second of Hirscher’s leading time with the top six – Hirscher, Neureuther, Jens Byggmark, Kostelic, Mattias Hargin and Gross, all with .39 of a second. The Swedes, Byggmark and Hargin, paid for overly aggressive attacks, Byggmark falling all the way to 23rd place and Hargin to eighth. Team point leader Andre Myhrer was a first run DNF. The Swede’s still managed three in the top 10 with Axel Baeck and Markus Larsson tying for ninth.


The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Men’s World Cup slalom, Wengen, Switzerland, Jan. 20, 2013
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Neureuther, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
2 Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3 Kostelic, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
4 Moelgg, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
5 Gross, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
6 Dopfer, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
7 Razzoli, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
8 Hargin, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
9 Baeck, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
9 Larsson, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

Men’s World Cup slalom, Wengen, Switzerland, Jan. 20, 2013. … It is the 43rd race of the 2012-13 World Cup season. … The 21st of 36 races on the men’s schedule and the sixth of nine scheduled slaloms (plus two city events). … It is the third and final race of the 83rd Lauberhorn. … It is the 98th Cup race hosted by Wengen. … the 34th slalom. … Ivica Kostelic has won the last three consecutive Wengen slaloms.

It is the fourth career World Cup win for Felix Neureuther. … three in slalom at one city event. … He is two shy of matching his father (Christian) for Cup victories. … It is his second win of the season (after the Munich city event) and fifth podium of the season.

It is the 38th career World Cup podium result for Marcel Hirscher. … his 19th in slalom. … It is his second podium result at Wengen. … It is his 11th podium of the season in 12 completed races. … and his sixth of the season in six slaloms.

It is the 54th career World Cup podium for Ivica Kostelic. … his 37th in slalom. … He is one podium shy of matching his sister Janica’s Croatian national record of 55. … It is his second podium of the season, both of them coming at Wengen.

Ted Ligety matches his 33rd best Cup slalom result. … He matches his third best slalom mark of the season. … Michael Janyk tallies his first score of the season.

Marcel Hirscher leads the World Cup Overall Standings 935-747 over Aksel Lund Svindal (did not race). … Ligety is third at 696. … Neureuther closes in fourth to 646pts. … Hirscher leads the slalom standings 600-486 over Neureuther. … Andre Myhrer (1st run DNF) is third with 330pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 3499-2509 over Italy. … France is third with 1986. … The US is sixth with 2322pts and Canada ninth with 526pts.

Wengen (SUI)
FIS World Cup
Men’s Slalom
Jan. 20, 2013

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  4  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix  1984  GER   57.80  52.73  1:50.53  0.00
 2  1  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel  1989  AUT   57.75  52.99  1:50.74  1.18
 3  7  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   58.00  52.78  1:50.78  1.40
 4  14  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA   58.39  52.60  1:50.99  2.58
 5  8  293797 GROSS Stefano  1986  ITA   58.14  53.01  1:51.15  3.48
 6  15  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER   58.29  52.90  1:51.19  3.70
 7  20  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano  1984  ITA   58.63  52.94  1:51.57  5.83
 8  10  501111 HARGIN Mattias  1985  SWE   58.12  53.51  1:51.63  6.17
 9  26  501223 BAECK Axel  1987  SWE   58.31  53.33  1:51.64  6.23
 9  23  500656 LARSSON Markus  1979  SWE   58.47  53.17  1:51.64  6.23
 11  11  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA   58.33  53.42  1:51.75  6.84
 12  3  50707 MATT Mario  1979  AUT   58.41  53.38  1:51.79  7.07
 13  13  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   58.61  53.25  1:51.86  7.46
 14  24  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste  1984  FRA   59.39  52.55  1:51.94  7.91
 15  18  50605 HERBST Reinfried  1978  AUT  "right"> 58.71  53.33  1:52.04  8.47
 16  12  50624 PRANGER Manfred  1978  AUT   58.92  53.26  1:52.18  9.26
 17  17  290732 THALER Patrick  1978  ITA   58.92  53.40  1:52.32  10.04
 18  16  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   58.85  53.56  1:52.41  10.55
 19  6  291145 DEVILLE Cristian  1981  ITA   58.91  53.59  1:52.50  11.05
 20  36  54063 FELLER Manuel  1992  AUT   59.12  53.43  1:52.55  11.33
 21  43  511902 ZENHAEUSERN Ramon  1992  SUI   59.75  52.91  1:52.66  11.95
 22  25  50981 HOERL Wolfgang  1983  AUT   59.72  53.02  1:52.74  12.40
 23  9  501101 BYGGMARK Jens  1985  SWE   57.86  54.91  1:52.77  12.56
 24  42  301312 SASAKI Akira  1981  JPN   59.52  53.32  1:52.84  12.96
 25  31  511127 GINI Marc  1984  SUI   59.41  53.45  1:52.86  13.07
 26  28  102435 JANYK Michael  1982  CAN   1:00.02  53.32  1:53.34  15.76
 27  22  511174 VOGEL Markus  1984  SUI   59.50  54.12  1:53.62  17.33
 28  41  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   1:00.24  53.63  1:53.87  18.74
 29  30  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander  1984  RUS   1:00.21  54.11  1:54.32  21.26
Did not qualify for 2nd run
   55  561217 KOSI Klemen  1991  SLO         
   52  103646 ZAITSOFF Sasha  1990  CAN         
   51  193347 TISSOT Maxime  1986  FRA         
   49  501116 LAHDENPERAE Anton  1985  SWE         
   48  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor  1985  CRO         
   46  150594 TREJBAL Filip  1985  CZE         
   38  700830 ZAMPA Adam  1990  SVK         
   37  193967 MUFFAT JEANDET Victor  1989  FRA         
   35  180703 PALONIEMI Santeri  1993  FIN         
   34  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian  1987  NOR         
   32  530165 BRANDENBURG Will  1987  USA         
   29  534508 CHODOUNSKY David  1984  USA         
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   19  301709 YUASA Naoki  1983  JPN         
   2  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA         
D
id not finish 2nd run
   44  201891 SCHMID Philipp  1986  GER         
Did not finish 1st run
   57  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej  1988  POL         
   56  92534 CHONGAROV Nikola  1989  BUL         
   54  150495 VRABLIK Martin  1982  CZE         
   53  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG         
   50  50547 SCHOENFELDER Rainer  1977  AUT         
   47  102239 COUSINEAU Julien  1981  CAN         
   45  201896 STEHLE Dominik  1986  GER         
   40  511983 AERNI Luca  1993  SUI         
   39  294890 NANI Roberto  1988  ITA         
   33  103865 PHILP Trevor  1992  CAN         
   21  560355 VALENCIC Mitja  1978  SLO         
   5  501017 MYHRER Andre  1983  SWE       
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