Madonna di Campiglio glistened with the light of the holiday season, and the snow shimmered under the flood lights on Friday night. The best male slalom skiers in the world took to the historic slope for a chance to make their mark. The Italian venue has hosted World Cup races since 1967. It’s a classic tour stop even if it’s not technically a “Classic” like Kitzbuehel. For the last couple years, Henrik Kristoffersen has dominated the venue, but Marcel Hirscher had other plans.

The Austrian took his 49th World Cup victory by a narrow 0.04 second margin over Switzerland’s Luca Aerni, repeating his performance there from 2012. In an uncharacteristically wild second run, Hirscher nearly got knocked out of the course, losing almost the entirety of his first run lead. Despite that, he worked the skis enough at the bottom of the course to gain back a few hundredths of a second.

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“The last five months, especially the last four months where I was injured, was a pretty hard time for myself,” Hirscher said. “There was a lot of time to think about whether I can be as strong as before. What I can tell you is that the love for the sport, the emotion, and the passion is definitely more than the last couple of years. This is giving me a lot of confidence and a lot of energy. For myself, it was so unexpected (to win), but I tried as hard as I can after the mistake.”

The Austrian now only trails Ingemar Stenmark, Hermann Maier and Alberto Tomba in all-time wins. He’s just one away from tying Tomba, who was on site for the event. The Italian legend won there three times during his illustrious career.

Luca Aerni (SUI), Marcel Hirscher (AUT), Alberto Tomba and Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR), at the awards ceremony. // Image Credit: GEPA / Mathias Mandl

For Aerni, it was a major career milestone–his first World Cup podium. The Swiss athlete showed his podium potential when he became the alpine combined World Champion last season and again this season when he was fourth in Levi, Finland.

“Very good feeling,” he said in the press conference. “First podium in World Cup and my first race was here some years ago, so it’s a very good feeling to be on the podium here in Madonna. I always knew I could do a podium with two perfect runs; I was very happy to do this today, it’s a great hill for me.”

The two-time winner, Kristoffersen, snagged a third-place finish after Aleksander Khoroshilov of Russia–who was second after the first run–hooked a tip on a hairpin and lost a ski. He has podiumed in every slalom race this season, but the 2016 World Cup slalom globe winner has yet to take a win.

“This Austrian is really hard to beat,” Kristoffersen admitted. “I think technically I’m skiing decent, just missing a little in slalom at the moment. I took the choice this summer that I had to improve my GS. Last year was disappointing in GS, so I had to use a lot of time on that. Slalom is not bad, in fact, it’s really good, but there’s just a little bit missing because I’ve had so much focus on GS.”

Even without a slalom win, Kristoffersen is second in the overall standings with 505 points–just 29 behind Hirscher. The Norwegian continues to lead the slalom standings as well with 6 points over the Austrian.

It was another challenging slalom day for the American contingent. David Chodounsky was the only athletes able to qualify for a second run. It’s been a challenging season the World Cup veteran, marking only his second points-scoring result of the season.

“I’m not very satisfied,” the American shared. “I wanted more for sure. I’ve been skiing really well in training. Definitely had some nerves here a little bit. I don’t know why. Maybe because the last few races haven’t been so great. Even though I know I’m skiing well I’m almost there to trust it and really trust myself and push. I have a feeling I’ll be there next time. It’s been a rough start for me a little bit this year, but I’m going in the right direction and feeling really good. It’s a long season, so I’ll bring it to the next race. January is a big month.”

Fellow American Hig Roberts was 59th in the first run while Robby Kelley was dead last in 63rd after hiking. Mark Engel, AJ Ginnis and Michael Ankeny did not finish.

There is now a short break in the competition calendar for Christmas before men’s downhill training begins in Bormio on Dec. 26.


Top 10

  1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  2. Luca Aerni (SUI) – Salomon / Salomon/ Salomon
  3. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol Look / Rossignol
  4. Daniel Yule (SUI) –  Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  5. Manuel Feller (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  6. Dave Ryding (GBR) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  7. Manfred Moelgg (ITA) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  8. Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (NOR) – Volkl / Dalbello Marker
  9. Stefano Gross (ITA) – Volkl / Dalbello Marker
  10. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head / Head / Head

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 3 53831HIRSCHER Marcel1989AUT 48.46 51.33 1:39.79 0.00 100
 2 15 511983AERNI Luca1993SUI 48.83 51.00 1:39.83 +0.04 0.29 80
 3 7 422304KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik1994NOR 48.95 50.89 1:39.84 +0.05 0.36 60
 4 12 511996YULE Daniel1993SUI 48.99 50.87 1:39.86 +0.07 0.51 50
 5 16 54063FELLER Manuel1992AUT 49.20 50.81 1:40.01 +0.22 1.59 45
 6 10 220689RYDING Dave1986GBR 49.21 50.82 1:40.03 +0.24 1.73 40
 7 2 292491MOELGG Manfred1982ITA 48.90 51.34 1:40.24 +0.45 3.25 36
 8 18 422082FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian1991NOR 49.05 51.25 1:40.30 +0.51 3.68 32
 9 4 293797GROSS Stefano1986ITA 49.31 51.03 1:40.34 +0.55 3.97 29
 10 14 194364PINTURAULT Alexis1991FRA 49.68 50.70 1:40.38 +0.59 4.26 26
 11 1 501017MYHRER Andre1983SWE 49.67 50.80 1:40.47 +0.68 4.91 24
 12 22 53889HIRSCHBUEHL Christian1990AUT 49.04 51.46 1:40.50 +0.71 5.12 22
 13 13 191459LIZEROUX Julien1979FRA 49.57 50.95 1:40.52 +0.73 5.27 20
 14 46 194262BUFFET Robin1991FRA 50.01 50.88 1:40.89 +1.10 7.94 18
 14 19 192665GRANGE Jean-Baptiste1984FRA 49.95 50.94 1:40.89 +1.10 7.94 18
 16 45 54245HETTEGGER Thomas1994AUT 50.00 50.96 1:40.96 +1.17 8.44 15
 17 20 421669NESTVOLD-HAUGEN Leif Kristian1987NOR 49.95 51.10 1:41.05 +1.26 9.09 14
 18 26 511902ZENHAEUSERN Ramon1992SUI 50.07 51.06 1:41.13 +1.34 9.67 13
 18 9 501111HARGIN Mattias1985SWE 49.35 51.78 1:41.13 +1.34 9.67 13
 20 27 202451STRASSER Linus1992GER 49.55 51.59 1:41.14 +1.35 9.74 11
 21 28 534508CHODOUNSKY David1984USA 49.99 51.20 1:41.19 +1.40 10.10 10
 22 29 103729READ Erik1991CAN 50.03 51.21 1:41.24 +1.45 10.46 9
 23 31 202520HOLZMANN Sebastian1993GER 49.83 51.51 1:41.34 +1.55 11.18 8
 24 74 422507HAUGAN Timon1996NOR 50.13 54.42 1:44.55 +4.76 34.34 7
 25 51 512138SIMONET Sandro1995SUI 50.07 1:01.54 1:51.61 +11.82 85.28 0
 26 37 320266JUNG Donghyun1988KOR 50.13 1:06.95 1:57.08 +17.29 124.75 0
Did not finish 2nd run
 50 6190403NOEL Clement1997FRA 49.79 0
 30 512182MEILLARD Loic1996SUI 49.36 0
 11 54320SCHWARZ Marco1995AUT 49.30 0
 8 480736KHOROSHILOV Alexander1984RUS 48.69 0
 5 54170MATT Michael1993AUT 49.44 0
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 79 221236TAYLOR Laurie1996GBR 54.66 0
 78 550054ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps1992LAT 51.53 0
 76 202584RAUCHFUSS Julian1994GER 52.39 0
 73 350095PFIFFNER Marco1994LIE 50.31 0
 71 380361RODES Istok1996CRO 51.59 0
 69 501351JOHANSSON Emil1988SWE 51.14 0
 68 54252RASCHNER Dominik1994AUT 50.60 0
 66 380290SAMSAL Dalibor1985HUN 53.85 0
 64 380363KOLEGA Elias1996CRO 51.02 0
 62 511896MURISIER Justin1992SUI 50.20 0
 61 501873LUNDBAECK Gustav1993SWE 51.84 0
 60 934566ROBERTS Hig1991USA 52.08 0
 58 501898ROENNGREN Mattias1993SWE 50.80 0
 56 201891SCHMID Philipp1986GER 51.10 0
 54 54093STROLZ Johannes1992AUT 50.29 0
 53 6290886BACHER Fabian1993ITA 50.17 0
 48 293098RAZZOLI Giuliano1984ITA 50.58 0
 44 291145DEVILLE Cristian1981ITA 51.17 0
 42 700830ZAMPA Adam1990SVK 50.60 0
 40 6291574SALA Tommaso1995ITA 50.68 0
 39 103865PHILP Trevor1992CAN 50.44 0
 38 103676BROWN Phil1991CAN 50.66 0
 36 930160KELLEY Robby1990USA 1:03.82 0
 34 380334VIDOVIC Matej1993CRO 51.06 0
 33 481327TRIKHICHEV Pavel1992RUS 50.15 0
 32 202485KETTERER David1993GER 50.25 0
 25 51395DIGRUBER Marc1988AUT 50.47 0
 24 290732THALER Patrick1978ITA 50.73 0
 23 193967MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor1989FRA 50.78 0
 21 301709YUASA Naoki1983JPN 50.44 0
 17 421860NORDBOTTEN Jonathan1989NOR 50.16 0
 6 202462DOPFER Fritz1987GER 50.62 0
Did not finish 1st run
 82 54106BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon1992BOL 0
 81 60160ALAERTS Kai1989BEL 0
 80 430633JASICZEK Michal1994POL 0
 77 491879SALARICH Joaquim1994ESP 0
 75 700868FALAT Matej1993SVK 0
 72 194664RIZZO Maxime1993FRA 0
 70 400235WINKELHORST Steffan1992NED 0
 67 291318TONETTI Riccardo1989ITA 0
 65 561244KRANJEC Zan1992SLO 0
 63 934502ANKENY Michael1991USA 0
 59 150644KRYZL Krystof1986CZE 0
 57 6291631LIBERATORE Federico1995ITA 0
 55 92719ZLATKOV Kamen1997BUL 0
 52 502015JAKOBSEN Kristoffer1994SWE 0
 49 6531063GINNIS AJ1994USA 0
 47 561322HADALIN Stefan1995SLO 0
 43 201896STEHLE Dominik1986GER 0
 41 511899ROCHAT Marc1992SUI 0
 35 934523ENGEL Mark1991USA 0