ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — It was another perfect day of ski racing as the 2017 World Ski Championships in St. Moritz drew to a close with the men’s slalom on Sunday. Austrian superstar Marcel Hirscher claimed his third medal of the Championships and his second gold as he took the race with a two-run time of 1:34.75 seconds, 0.68 seconds ahead of his Austrian teammate Manuel Feller in second. German star Felix Neureuther rounded out the podium in third, 0.93 seconds back.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as first run action got underway in the morning. Additional water injection following the women’s race on Saturday provided for a challenging surface for the 100 racers who took on the first run set. Hirscher set the pace in run one with Feller sitting in seventh and Neureuther in 10th, 0.67 and 0.76 seconds back, respectively. Hirscher’s arch-rival in slalom over the past few seasons, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, sat in sixth, 0.65 seconds out. The times were tight in the first run overall with only 2.39 seconds separating Hirscher from 30th-place finisher Joaquim Salarich of Spain.

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Time gaps didn’t get much bigger in the second run as racer after racer took to the course with the utmost intensity, providing heart-stopping action for spectators. Neureuther took to the course and attacked from start to finish, clawing every bit of speed he could from the technical set and crossed the line with the lead. The next several racers could not match the German’s pace until Feller managed to slither his way down the course and into the lead. After Kristoffersen failed to take the lead after some costly mistakes at the top of the course and the next few racers failing to put up much of a challenge, only Hirscher stood in the start. Leaving nothing to chance, Hirscher skied like only he can and claimed his second career Worlds slalom gold by an impressive margin.

ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND Ð FEBRUARY 19: Marcel Hirscher of Austria competes during the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Men's Slalom on February 19, 2017 in St. Moritz, Switzerland (Photo by Hans Bezard/Agence Zoom)
Photo by Hans Bezard/Agence Zoom

“It’s perfect,” Hirscher said after the race. “Sun is shining, great conditions today and the skiing was in all pretty good. Austria is pretty stoked with another two podiums. The young guns are kicking my ass during the training runs so I am very grateful for this, it has helped me to improve myself every training run.”

Feller has shown top-tier speed throughout the season in slalom, but was never able to put things together two runs in a row until Sunday. If Sunday’s race is any indication of what is to come, be prepared to hear Feller’s name quite a bit in the coming years.

Back and knee problems have plagued Neureuther for much of this season, making his medal performance one for the books. That fact was not lost on the German as he was caught wiping away tears after the race.

The Americans were led by David Chodounsky in 12th place. Given how tight the racing was, Chodounsky was only a few tenths away from a top-five finish.

“I’m a little bummed it was so tight,” admitted Chodounsky. “I know I hung on just towards the bottom here, I thought it was going to ski a little more difficult but it didn’t; it was pretty easy, and I could have pushed a lot harder and been a little bit faster, which would have made a much bigger difference. I had two good runs, a little mistake first run, but I’m in the points, which is huge; I needed that so I’ve gotta take the positives from today. It’s been a blast, I’ve skied well, and I’ve learned a lot about myself and the confidence is coming back and I still have another race in Kranjska (Gora).”

For the rest of the American contingent, Mark Engel finished in 34th, Robby Kelley was 39th, and Michael Ankeny failed to finish his first run after some impressive splits.

The men now head to Kvitfjell, Norway for downhill and super-G races Feb. 25 and 26.


Top 10

  1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Manuel Feller (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  3. Felix Neureuther (GER) – Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  4. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  5. Alexander Khoroshilov (RUS) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  6. Andre Myhrer (SWE) – Head/Head/Head
  7. Marco Schwarz (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  8. Michael Matt (AUT) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  9. Setefano Gross (ITA) – Voelkl/Tecnica/Marker
  10. Stefan Haladin (SLO) – Voelkl/Dalbello/Marker

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 6 53831HIRSCHER Marcel1989AUT 46.43 48.32 1:34.75 0.00
 2 8 54063FELLER Manuel1992AUT 47.10 48.33 1:35.43 +0.68 5.17
 3 2 201702NEUREUTHER Felix1984GER 47.19 48.49 1:35.68 +0.93 7.07
 4 3 422304KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik1994NOR 47.08 48.71 1:35.79 +1.04 7.90
 5 7 480736KHOROSHILOV Alexander1984RUS 47.11 48.69 1:35.80 +1.05 7.98
 6 14 501017MYHRER Andre1983SWE 47.55 48.30 1:35.85 +1.10 8.36
 7 10 54320SCHWARZ Marco1995AUT 46.86 49.00 1:35.86 +1.11 8.43
 8 12 54170MATT Michael1993AUT 46.91 49.08 1:35.99 +1.24 9.42
 9 11 293797GROSS Stefano1986ITA 47.40 48.75 1:36.15 +1.40 10.64
 10 40 561322HADALIN Stefan1995SLO 47.93 48.23 1:36.16 +1.41 10.71
 11 5 220689RYDING Dave1986GBR 46.96 49.22 1:36.18 +1.43 10.87
 12 25 534508CHODOUNSKY David1984USA 47.72 48.52 1:36.24 +1.49 11.32
 13 17 421860NORDBOTTEN Jonathan1989NOR 47.55 48.71 1:36.26 +1.51 11.47
 14 1 292491MOELGG Manfred1982ITA 47.64 48.66 1:36.30 +1.55 11.78
 15 21 421669HAUGEN Leif Kristian1987NOR 47.67 48.68 1:36.35 +1.60 12.16
 16 37 511908SCHMIDIGER Reto1992SUI 47.75 48.63 1:36.38 +1.63 12.39
 17 26 193967MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor1989FRA 47.37 49.07 1:36.44 +1.69 12.84
 18 29 194262BUFFET Robin1991FRA 47.65 49.10 1:36.75 +2.00 15.20
 19 22 511983AERNI Luca1993SUI 48.32 48.67 1:36.99 +2.24 17.02
 20 27 202451STRASSER Linus1992GER 48.25 48.96 1:37.21 +2.46 18.69
 21 38 201896STEHLE Dominik1986GER 48.01 49.21 1:37.22 +2.47 18.77
 22 24 293098RAZZOLI Giuliano1984ITA 48.37 48.89 1:37.26 +2.51 19.07
 23 18 192665GRANGE Jean-Baptiste1984FRA 48.23 49.57 1:37.80 +3.05 23.18
 24 19 290732THALER Patrick1978ITA 48.92 49.57 1:38.49 +3.74 28.42
 25 47 491879SALARICH Joaquim1994ESP 48.82 49.68 1:38.50 +3.75 28.50
 26 49 350095PFIFFNER Marco1994LIE 48.66 50.21 1:38.87 +4.12 31.31
 27 46 92720POPOV Albert1997BUL 48.86 50.22 1:39.08 +4.33 32.90
 28 30 202437LUITZ Stefan1992GER 48.95 50.20 1:39.15 +4.40 33.44
 29 55 481103ANDRIENKO Aleksander1990RUS 49.29 50.09 1:39.38 +4.63 35.18
 30 39 380361RODES Istok1996CRO 49.28 50.35 1:39.63 +4.88 37.08
 31 53 180567RASANEN Joonas1989FIN 49.32 50.42 1:39.74 +4.99 37.92
 32 45 550054ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps1992LAT 48.96 50.91 1:39.87 +5.12 38.91
 33 69 221236TAYLOR Laurie1996GBR 49.09 50.90 1:39.99 +5.24 39.82
 34 32 934523ENGEL Mark1991USA 49.05 51.04 1:40.09 +5.34 40.58
 35 31 380334VIDOVIC Matej1993CRO 49.26 50.90 1:40.16 +5.41 41.11
 36 58 92719ZLATKOV Kamen1997BUL 49.73 51.02 1:40.75 +6.00 45.59
 37 52 501873LUNDBAECK Gustav1993SWE 51.22 51.43 1:42.65 +7.90 60.03
 38 54 380260KOSTELIC Ivica1979CRO 49.93 52.77 1:42.70 +7.95 60.41
 39 35 930160KELLEY Robby1990USA 49.25 53.78 1:43.03 +8.28 62.92
 40 81 680041ABRAMASHVILI Iason1988GEO 50.74 52.76 1:43.50 +8.75 66.49
 41 56 60160ALAERTS Kai1989BEL 50.19 53.32 1:43.51 +8.76 66.57
 42 64 400235WINKELHORST Steffan1992NED 48.76 54.93 1:43.69 +8.94 67.93
 43 79 310415STANISIC Strahinja1995SRB 51.27 53.40 1:44.67 +9.92 75.38
 44 73 110266ANGUITA Martin1991CHI 51.30 53.83 1:45.13 +10.38 78.88
 45 82 240139KEKESI Marton1995HUN 52.63 52.83 1:45.46 +10.71 81.38
 46 85 170151DYRBYE NAESTED Casper1996DEN 52.17 55.07 1:47.24 +12.49 94.91
 47 95 690694KOVBASNYUK Ivan1993UKR 53.00 55.67 1:48.67 +13.92 105.78
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 48 91 780013ZAVECKAS Rokas1996LTU 53.20 53.20
 49 90 270061COMERFORD Cormac1996IRL 54.05 54.05
 50 93 800013TOLA Erjon1986ALB 54.38 54.38
 51 97 942023TAHIRI Albin1989KOS 56.65 56.65
 52 94 260241BAHA Nima1996IRI 57.21 57.21
 53 96 6190671POETTOZ Michael1998COL 59.49 59.49
 54 98 570018SPEELMAN Sive1995RSA 1:01.05 1:01.05
 55 99 340230FENIANOS Naim1992LBN 1:04.70 1:04.70
Did not qualify for final race
 56 49 680047BENIAIDZE Alex1991GEO 48.52 52.40 1:40.92
 57 33 700901HYSKA Martin1994SVK 49.40 52.35 1:41.75
 58 25 6300464KOYAMA Yohei1998JPN 49.34 52.55 1:41.89
 59 103 660023CHERTSIN Daniil1997BLR 50.49 54.52 1:45.01
 60 1 380363KOLEGA Elias1996CRO 44.47 1:01.60 1:46.07
 61 73 780013ZAVECKAS Rokas1996LTU 50.30 55.91 1:46.21
 62 94 690672TELYCHUK Vasyl1992UKR 52.34 55.76 1:48.10
 63 101 660025CHERTSIN Uladzislau1998BLR 51.93 56.20 1:48.13
 64 80 250402GUDMUNDSSON Jon Gunnar1998ISL 52.44 56.44 1:48.88
 65 64 540026DICKSON SOMMERS Rodolfo Roberto1997MEX 49.88 59.14 1:49.02
 66 85 260109SAVEH SHEMSHAKI Poya1990IRI 52.52 56.55 1:49.07
 67 90 210040TUKHTAEV Kamiljon1997UZB 52.16 56.93 1:49.09
 68 100 780020ALEKSANDRAVICIUS Vilius1995LTU 55.34 59.42 1:54.76
 69 102 120061ZHANG Xiaosong1997CHN 55.80 59.60 1:55.40
 70 92 120057ZHANG Yangming1994CHN 54.96 1:00.73 1:55.69
 71 105 160109KAKKOURAS Giorgos1998CYP 56.11 1:00.06 1:56.17
 72 86 570019WILSON Connor1996RSA 56.41 1:00.04 1:56.45
 73 120 770011TRELEVSKI Dmitry1983KGZ 56.45 1:01.61 1:58.06
 74 114 310388KOSIC Bojan1990MNE 58.71 1:02.54 2:01.25
 75 130 120071XU Mingfu1997CHN 55.33 1:05.97 2:01.30
 76 111 340250CHAMOUN Dani1993LBN 58.46 1:03.72 2:02.18
 77 115 360043BOCK Christophe1998LUX 1:02.44 1:00.22 2:02.66
 78 119 740036KARAPETYAN Ashot1999ARM 1:01.52 1:04.79 2:06.31
 79 124 940001RANDRIAMIARISOA Andy1984MAD 1:01.99 1:07.01 2:09.00
 80 125 590038BRANCAL Ricardo1996POR 1:05.69 1:09.74 2:15.43
 81 128 800020BICOKU Marsel1997ALB 1:06.89 1:14.60 2:21.49
 82 129 740040ARAKELYAN Vazgen2000ARM 1:11.36 1:14.99 2:26.35
 83 132 921000ROY Jean-Pierre1963HAI 1:47.84 1:34.98 3:22.82
Disqualified 2nd run
 13 191459LIZEROUX Julien1979FRA
Disqualified 1st run
 100 540001VON HOHENLOHE Hubertus1959MEX
 67 20378ESTEVE Axel1994AND
 34 150644KRYZL Krystof1986CZE
Did not start 2nd run
 48 561244KRANJEC Zan1992SLO
Did not finish 2nd run
 92 6190227DENAT Jeremy1996PER
 83 310421STEVOVIC Marko1996SRB
 77 230667PROIOS Ioannis1995GRE
 71 860005BRACHNER Patrick1992AZE
 68 60236VAN DEN BROECKE Dries1995BEL
 63 700879ZAMPA Andreas1993SVK
 62 30149SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier1980ARG
 33 481327TRIKHICHEV Pavel1992RUS
 23 511902ZENHAEUSERN Ramon1992SUI
 15 501111HARGIN Mattias1985SWE
 4 511996YULE Daniel1993SUI
Did not finish 1st run
 89 54106BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon1992BOL
 88 194752HANSE Arthur1993POR
 87 280034BIRAN Itamar1998ISR
 86 390041LUIK Juhan1997EST
 84 660021DANILOCHKIN Yuri1991BLR
 80 460060BARBU Alexandru1987ROU
 78 750088RISTEVSKI Antonio1989MKD
 76 250353SNORRASON Sturla-Snaer1994ISL
 75 151238ZABYSTRAN Jan1998CZE
 74 710351EMRIC Eman1996BIH
 72 30388BIRKNER DE MIGUEL Tomas1997ARG
 70 60256VERBEKE Tom1997BEL
 66 180808HANDOLIN Juho1997FIN
 65 410364FEASEY Willis1992NZL
 61 410365BARWOOD Adam1992NZL
 60 491853DEL CAMPO Juan1994ESP
 59 30266GASTALDI Sebastiano1991ARG
 57 430633JASICZEK Michal1994POL
 51 380290SAMSAL Dalibor1985HUN
 50 561296SPIK Jakob1994SLO
 44 561291GROSELJ Zan1993SLO
 43 502015JAKOBSEN Kristoffer1994SWE
 42 934502ANKENY Michael1991USA
 41 103676BROWN Phil1991CAN
 36 103865PHILP Trevor1992CAN
 28 103729READ Erik1991CAN
 20 422082FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian1991NOR
 16 301709YUASA Naoki1983JPN
 9 194364PINTURAULT Alexis1991FRA
Disqualified 1st run in qualification race
 70 54106BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon1992BOL
 56 710362LOKMIC Emir1997BIH
Did not start 1st run in qualification race
 131 840003WILLIAMS Michael Elliott1969JAM
 126 620059THAKUR Himanshu1994IND
 123 620035LAL Hira1980IND
 77 260180JAFARI Seyed Morteza1992IRI
 24 20398VERDU Joan1995AND
 23 400294HAAS VAN DER Spike1997NED
Did not finish 2nd run in qualification race
 112 340440BEHLOK Allen1998LBN
 110 170160STAUNSAGER Mark Holme1998DEN
 109 950000OETTL REYES Manfred1993PER
 108 160102MICHAEL Andreas1997CYP
 104 230748ZOGRAFOS-MANOS Emmanouil2000GRE
 99 690732MARIICHYN Andriy1995UKR
 57 110409HORWITZ Kai1998CHI
 44 550086GEDRA Zaks1998LAT
 32 710320LAIKERT Igor1991BIH
 19 150743BERNDT Ondrej1988CZE
 17 92673NUSHEV Georgi1995BUL
 10 700868FALAT Matej1993SVK
 3 481785EFIMOV Simon1996RUS
Did not finish 1st run in qualification race
 135 770022KUSLIN Andrei2000KGZ
 134 770021KUSLIN Vladimir2000KGZ
 133 770012BORISOV Ivan1979KGZ
 127 800023VERIGA Vasil1998ALB
 121 750109SINADINOVSKI Voislav2000MKD
 118 240154MAROTY Matyas2000HUN
 117 360045CASTERMANS Max1998LUX
 116 450030MARIOTTI Alessandro1998SMR
 113 660026ZVERNIK Vlad1998BLR
 107 590039ALMEIDA Samuel1997POR
 106 680068JAPARIDZE Besarion1998GEO
 97 270055LYNE Conor1993IRL
 96 160106KOUYOUMDJIAN Yiannos1997CYP
 93 310439BLAGOJEVIC Rastko1999SRB
 91 230733MANTSIOS Vasileios1998GRE
 89 120055WANG Yu1994CHN
 88 280036SHCHERBAKOVSKIY Nikita1999ISR
 87 340447ZINA Jeffrey1998LBN
 84 750107BOZHINOVSKI Luka1998MKD
 79 260111KIA SHEMSHAKI Behnam1990IRI
 75 690753KARPUSHYN Mykhailo1998UKR
 71 750089DEHARI Dardan1990MKD
 68 170159VORRE Marcus1998DEN
 67 780023DRUKAROV Andrej1999LTU
 65 250323FINNSSON Magnus1993ISL
 63 680063JAPHARIDZE Soso1996GEO
 61 110383VON APPEN Sven1997CHI
 60 250361AUDUNSSON Kristinn-Logi1995ISL
 55 240122SZEPESI Bertold1990HUN
 54 110350FIGUEROA Andres1996CHI
 53 60196ALAERTS Xan1992BEL
 52 221190NORRIS Kieran1995IRL
 51 230651ANTONIOU Ioannis1995GRE
 43 151060PAULUS Daniel1994CZE
 34 550066ZVEJNIEKS Miks1995LAT
 30 310426VUKICEVIC Marko1992SRB
 29 710353SLJIVIC Marko1996BIH
 4 194207THEOLIER Steven1990NED