ADELBODEN, Switzerland — The race weekend in Adelboden, Switzerland, wrapped up on Sunday as Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen took his second slalom win in a row at the venue with a combined time of 1:54.87 seconds. Italy’s Manfred Moelgg continued his strong slalom skiing this season, landing in second place, albeit a massive 1.83 seconds behind the Norwegian. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher fought his way to a third-place finish, 2.19 seconds off the pace.

About 15 centimeters of fresh snow fell overnight, and course crews scrambled to clear the track in time for the first run start. Skies cleared for the start of the first run, but quickly turned as heavy fog rolled in after only a handful of racers had taken their runs, limiting visibility to just a few gates. Kristoffersen was one such early racer as he set the pace with bib three. Moelgg slid just behind in second with bib five and Hirscher, running sixth, was the first racer to have to deal with the fog and sat a distant sixth, 1.60 seconds back and crossed the line visibly annoyed with his bad luck.

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ADELBODEN, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 08: Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway takes 1st place, Manfred Moelgg of Italy takes 2nd place, Marcel Hirscher of Austria takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on January 08, 2017 in Adelboden, Switzerland (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom)
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Second run saw the fog clear for the most part, but overcast skies still provided for challenging visibility for the top-30 racers. Hirscher channeled his frustrations from the first run and battled his way to the leader’s box following his second run. The Austrian knocked off the next few racers until Moelgg slipped in front with a solid performance. Not one to hold back, Kristoffersen took control of the race in his second run and showed the field who is the king of slalom at the moment, stretching his lead to an impressive 1.83 seconds for the win.

With Sunday’s result, Kristoffersen and Hirscher are now tied atop the slalom standings with 360 points a piece despite Kristoffersen sitting out the opening slalom in Levi, Finland.

“This was really good,” Kristoffersen said of his performance. “This was really cool. I had a bit of luck with the light in the first run, but I don’t think I had luck with the skiing. In the second run, even though it was tough, I still did really good. Today was an awesome day, for sure. I don’t think you can expect the same as last year, last year was pretty outstanding, but I hope I can ski good, keep skiing the way I did today; as long as I can do that, I’m happy.”

The 34-year-old Moelgg had to put up quite a fight in the second run to hold off a surging Hirsher, but his efforts were not enough to ultimately challenge for the win.

“Tough race,” he said. “The conditions were not so easy. Adelboden is always the same, it’s difficult. Fantastic people here, and I’m very happy about second place and compliments to Henrik, one second eighty, it’s a lot but it was not so easy. He skied very fast in the second run.”

Although Hirscher was frustrated with the conditions he had to deal with in the first run, the Austrian superstar managed to widen his lead in the overall standings and walked away with his 100th and 101st career podium finishes this weekend.

“I think a third place is, for today, absolutely the maximum,” reflected Hirscher. “140 points for this weekend is not too bad, let’s keep on going. Second run was nearly the same for everyone; first run was a big difference between the numbers, but we are outside and this is what you have to deal with. This is skiing, not ice hockey.”

The American contingent continued to find their groove in slalom after a frustrating start to the season as David Chodounsky, Michael Ankeny, and Mark Engel all managed to find the points in 12th, 23rd, and 24th, respectively. Robby Kelley and AJ Ginnis did not qualify for the second run, and Hig Roberts did not finish his first.

“First run was really good, I’m happy with that,” Chodounsky said in the finish. “Second run, not as happy with. I’m actually a little disappointed with today even though it’s my best result of the season. I’ll take it, obviously, I’m happy with that, but there was more left; I left a lot out there. I’m skiing well, I just have to bring it, and we have a lot of slaloms in a row now, which is great, gotta keep the momentum going into next week in Wengen.”

Ankeney has now scored points two years in a row in Adelboden, and took inspiration from the performances of his teammates into today’s race.

“I think seeing that my teammates, Mark Engel and AJ Ginnis, pop in there (in past races) really helped me because we are all really close in training, so it makes it really feasible,” he said.

Engel, after failing to finish in Zagreb after a blazing first run that had him sitting in podium contention, was happy with his result, but hungry for more as the World Cup tour continues.

“I’m pretty stoked to make it down two runs in a row, but I’m still unsatisfied,” Engel admitted. “I think I can do better than that.”

The men now head to Wengen, Switzerland, for downhill, combined, and slalom races Jan. 13-15.

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Top 10

  1. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  2. Manfred Moelgg (ITA) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  3. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  4. Felix Neureuther (GER) – Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  5. Alexander Khoroshilov (RUS) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  6. Andre Myhrer (SWE) – Head/Head/Head
  7. Manuel Feller (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  8. Daniel Yule (SUI) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  9. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head/Head/Head
  10. Linus Strasser (GER) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 3 422304KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik1994NOR 58.39 56.48 1:54.87 0.00 100.00
 2 5 292491MOELGG Manfred1982ITA 58.77 57.93 1:56.70 +1.83 11.47 80.00
 3 6 53831HIRSCHER Marcel1989AUT 59.99 57.07 1:57.06 +2.19 13.73 60.00
 4 2 201702NEUREUTHER Felix1984GER 59.66 57.45 1:57.11 +2.24 14.04 50.00
 5 7 480736KHOROSHILOV Alexander1984RUS 59.77 57.55 1:57.32 +2.45 15.36 45.00
 6 1 501017MYHRER Andre1983SWE 59.88 57.61 1:57.49 +2.62 16.42 40.00
 7 22 54063FELLER Manuel1992AUT 1:00.85 57.07 1:57.92 +3.05 19.12 36.00
 8 13 511996YULE Daniel1993SUI 1:00.05 57.98 1:58.03 +3.16 19.81 32.00
 9 12 194364PINTURAULT Alexis1991FRA 1:01.03 57.32 1:58.35 +3.48 21.81 29.00
 10 43 202451STRASSER Linus1992GER 1:01.18 57.55 1:58.73 +3.86 24.19 26.00
 10 24 421860NORDBOTTEN Jonathan1989NOR 1:02.23 56.50 1:58.73 +3.86 24.19 26.00
 12 19 534508CHODOUNSKY David1984USA 1:00.71 58.09 1:58.80 +3.93 24.63 22.00
 13 9 54320SCHWARZ Marco1995AUT 1:01.49 57.47 1:58.96 +4.09 25.64 20.00
 14 27 301709YUASA Naoki1983JPN 1:01.21 57.78 1:58.99 +4.12 25.82 18.00
 15 10 220689RYDING Dave1986GBR 1:01.66 57.37 1:59.03 +4.16 26.07 16.00
 16 16 193967MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor1989FRA 1:01.37 57.72 1:59.09 +4.22 26.45 15.00
 17 14 290732THALER Patrick1978ITA 1:01.45 57.65 1:59.10 +4.23 26.51 14.00
 18 34 103729READ Erik1991CAN 1:01.88 57.33 1:59.21 +4.34 27.20 13.00
 19 28 511902ZENHAEUSERN Ramon1992SUI 1:01.86 57.39 1:59.25 +4.38 27.45 12.00
 20 50 561322HADALIN Stefan1995SLO 1:01.94 57.57 1:59.51 +4.64 29.08 11.00
 21 20 192665GRANGE Jean-Baptiste1984FRA 1:01.37 58.20 1:59.57 +4.70 29.46 10.00
 22 33 511127GINI Marc1984SUI 1:02.05 57.53 1:59.58 +4.71 29.52 9.00
 23 53 934502ANKENY Michael1991USA 1:02.09 57.53 1:59.62 +4.75 29.77 8.00
 24 44 934523ENGEL Mark1991USA 1:01.82 57.82 1:59.64 +4.77 29.90 7.00
 25 45 380361RODES Istok1996CRO 1:02.18 57.48 1:59.66 +4.79 30.02 6.00
 26 37 320266JUNG Dong-hyun1988KOR 1:02.13 57.80 1:59.93 +5.06 31.72 5.00
 27 17 51395DIGRUBER Marc1988AUT 1:02.03 57.96 1:59.99 +5.12 32.09 4.00
 28 23 293098RAZZOLI Giuliano1984ITA 1:01.93 58.30 2:00.23 +5.36 33.60 3.00
 29 30 421669HAUGEN Leif Kristian1987NOR 1:02.04 58.32 2:00.36 +5.49 34.41 2.00
 30 31 194262BUFFET Robin1991FRA 1:01.50 59.29 2:00.79 +5.92 37.11 1.00
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 67 561244KRANJEC Zan1992SLO
 66 30149SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier1980ARG
 61 511896MURISIER Justin1992SUI
 59 202437LUITZ Stefan1992GER
 57 6531063GINNIS AJ1994USA
 52 6290183RONCI Giordano1992ITA
 51 103676BROWN Phil1991CAN
 49 512138SIMONET Sandro1995SUI
 46 53889HIRSCHBUEHL Christian1990AUT
 40 290095BALLERIN Andrea1989ITA
 38 103865PHILP Trevor1992CAN
 36 930160KELLEY Robby1990USA
 35 150644KRYZL Krystof1986CZE
 32 700830ZAMPA Adam1990SVK
 29 501116LAHDENPERAE Anton1985SWE
 15 191459LIZEROUX Julien1979FRA
Did not finish 1st run
 69 54106BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon1992BOL
 68 60236VAN DEN BROECKE Dries1995BEL
 65 410365BARWOOD Adam1992NZL
 64 700868FALAT Matej1993SVK
 63 303696KONO Kyosuke1991JPN
 62 934566ROBERTS Hig1991USA
 60 512063BONVIN Anthony1994SUI
 58 194207THEOLIER Steven1990NED
 56 54252RASCHNER Dominik1994AUT
 55 550054ZVEJNIEKS Kristaps1992LAT
 54 202520HOLZMANN Sebastian1993GER
 48 511899ROCHAT Marc1992SUI
 47 481327TRIKHICHEV Pavel1992RUS
 42 6291574SALA Tommaso1995ITA
 41 511908SCHMIDIGER Reto1992SUI
 39 291318TONETTI Riccardo1989ITA
 26 501101BYGGMARK Jens1985SWE
 25 201896STEHLE Dominik1986GER
 21 511983AERNI Luca1993SUI
 18 422082FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian1991NOR
 11 54170MATT Michael1993AUT
 8 501111HARGIN Mattias1985SWE
 4 293797GROSS Stefano1986ITA