SCHLADMING, Austria — It didn’t take long for Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen to bounce back from an uncharacteristic DNF in last Sunday’s Kitzbuehel slalom. The 22-year-old phenom returned to his now customary winning ways at the night slalom in Schadming, Austria, on Tuesday, taking his fifth slalom victory of the season with a total time of 1:39.83. Hot on his heels in second was none other than Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, a razor-slim 0.09 seconds back. Russia’s Alexander Khoroshilov rounded out the podium in third, 0.63 seconds back, making the podium identical to last year’s race.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky all day as the sun waned and the now legendary lights illuminated the Planai slope as racing action got underway in the first run. Kristoffersen set the pace early with strong, composed skiing, wearing bib three, and Hirscher sat in second, just over a half-second back with Khoroshilov a full second back in third.

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The second run set was quick tempo and provided some opportunities for big risks and impressive skiing. Khoroshilov made easy work of a tricky bottom section to take the lead by nearly a full second when he crossed the line, laying down a formidable challenge for the two superstars to match. The moment Hirscher left the gate it was obvious that after an energizing win in Kitzbuehel, he was hungry for more as the Austrian built on his advantage at each interval and crossed the finish with an impressive margin and the fastest second run time. Kristoffersen, however, was not to be outdone and although lost all of his advantage by the last split, was able to charge the final few gates and cross the line for another impressive win.

After revealing that his crash in Kitzbuehel affected him more than he admitted at the time, Kristoffersen shared that he was aware of being down at the final interval — something that might rattle a lesser racer — but was able to refocus and walk away with his second consecutive and third career Schladming victory.

“I said that it (crashing in Kitzbuehel) didn’t affect me, but it affected me a little bit for sure,” he explained in the finish. “I did not find the rhythm there on the top in the second run or on the steep, I think. The course was really straight, usually I don’t like it, like I said in Wengen. I actually did not know that the finish bridge lights up green when you’re in front and red when you’re behind. My teammate Sebastian (Foss-Solevaag) told me this summer. Before the second run, I was like, ‘Don’t look at it! Don’t look at it!’ I came through the last split and was like, ‘I gotta look! No! It’s red, I gotta go!’ So I was a little stressed, but I think I charged it at the bottom there so it was pretty good.”

Hirscher admitted that he knew his bottom section was not up to par as soon as he crossed the line, but was nonetheless content to walk away with another 80 points to add to his overall standing lead.

“I knew it exactly when I crossed the finish line that the last fifteen gates were not good,” Hirscher said. “I was too shy, not enough to go one-hundred percent of risk through the last fifteen gates. It’s my personal mistake, but better eighty points in the books than zero points for today. I’m getting closer to Henrik, that is good and he deserved it anyways and skied excellent.”

Khoroshilov has now either won or been on the podium in the last three Schladming slaloms and feels that this is somewhat of a home race for him given how much time he spends in the region training in the winter.

“I really love this hill,” Khoroshilov said after the race. “It’s almost for me like a home race because we are spending a lot of time here and in Reiteralm, so I really feel like it’s at home. The crowd here gives you so much energy while you ski down, it’s awesome. Before the first World Cup, I was a little bit injured, so I started to ski pretty late before Levi — two or three days — and then I started to train a little bit with Dave (Ryding) and we started to push each other and then I could see how fast I am.”

For the Americans, Vermont’s Robby Kelley was the lone qualifier in the second run and was posting some fast skiing before getting shot out of the course within sight of the finish. As Kelley hiked to finish, upwards of 50,000 spectators roared to cheer him on.

“Obviously, I wouldn’t have wanted that to happen, but it happens,” he explained. “I was going for it. I was happy with my intensity on the bottom, I was really trying to make up some time down there. I had a good bottom split first run and then, yeah, I just couldn’t quite keep up with myself. When I was sliding, all I was thinking was, ‘Please stop, so I can hike before I cross the finish line!’ I did stop and was able to hike. I’m happy with the reaction of the crowd, they appreciated what I did, it was a nice moment.”

David Chodounsky was on an impressive pace in the first run before straddling towards the bottom. Mark Engel did not qualify and Michael Ankeny, AJ Ginnis, and Hig Roberts did not finish the first run.

The men now head to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany for downhill and giant slalom races Jan. 27-29.

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Top 10

  1. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  2. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  3. Alexander Khoroshilov (RUS) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  4. Julien Lizeroux (FRA) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  5. Stefano Gross (ITA) –  Voelkl / Tecnica / Dalbello
  6. Manuel Feller (AUT) –  Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  7. Naoki Yuasa (JPN) – Hart/ Nordica / Marker
  8. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  9. Mattias Hargin (SWE) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  10. Dave Ryding (GBR) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 3 422304KRISTOFFERSEN Henrik1994NOR 50.84 48.99 1:39.83 0.00 100.00
 2 4 53831HIRSCHER Marcel1989AUT 51.36 48.56 1:39.92 +0.09 0.65 80.00
 3 5 480736KHOROSHILOV Alexander1984RUS 51.90 48.56 1:40.46 +0.63 4.54 60.00
 4 8 191459LIZEROUX Julien1979FRA 52.05 49.31 1:41.36 +1.53 11.03 50.00
 5 10 293797GROSS Stefano1986ITA 52.02 49.35 1:41.37 +1.54 11.11 45.00
 6 19 54063FELLER Manuel1992AUT 52.40 49.29 1:41.69 +1.86 13.41 40.00
 7 23 301709YUASA Naoki1983JPN 52.26 49.55 1:41.81 +1.98 14.28 36.00
 8 14 194364PINTURAULT Alexis1991FRA 52.86 49.00 1:41.86 +2.03 14.64 32.00
 9 13 501111HARGIN Mattias1985SWE 52.07 49.82 1:41.89 +2.06 14.86 29.00
 10 1 220689RYDING Dave1986GBR 52.02 50.06 1:42.08 +2.25 16.23 26.00
 11 26 421669HAUGEN Leif Kristian1987NOR 53.01 49.27 1:42.28 +2.45 17.67 24.00
 12 2 292491MOELGG Manfred1982ITA 52.46 49.90 1:42.36 +2.53 18.25 22.00
 13 42 511908SCHMIDIGER Reto1992SUI 53.94 48.75 1:42.69 +2.86 20.63 20.00
 14 40 202437LUITZ Stefan1992GER 53.85 48.87 1:42.72 +2.89 20.84 18.00
 15 6 511996YULE Daniel1993SUI 52.66 50.12 1:42.78 +2.95 21.28 16.00
 16 29 202451STRASSER Linus1992GER 53.84 48.97 1:42.81 +2.98 21.49 15.00
 17 18 422082FOSS-SOLEVAAG Sebastian1991NOR 52.91 49.91 1:42.82 +2.99 21.56 14.00
 18 15 54320SCHWARZ Marco1995AUT 53.47 49.52 1:42.99 +3.16 22.79 13.00
 19 12 54170MATT Michael1993AUT 54.13 48.94 1:43.07 +3.24 23.37 12.00
 20 38 6291574SALA Tommaso1995ITA 53.58 49.50 1:43.08 +3.25 23.44 11.00
 21 17 421860NORDBOTTEN Jonathan1989NOR 52.31 50.87 1:43.18 +3.35 24.16 10.00
 22 22 293098RAZZOLI Giuliano1984ITA 54.02 49.35 1:43.37 +3.54 25.53 9.00
 23 21 511983AERNI Luca1993SUI 53.90 49.71 1:43.61 +3.78 27.26 8.00
 24 28 53889HIRSCHBUEHL Christian1990AUT 53.50 50.32 1:43.82 +3.99 28.78 7.00
 25 24 511902ZENHAEUSERN Ramon1992SUI 54.06 50.49 1:44.55 +4.72 34.04 6.00
 26 31 201896STEHLE Dominik1986GER 53.78 1:26.90 2:20.68 +40.85 294.62 0.00
 27 36 930160KELLEY Robby1990USA 53.93 1:36.66 2:30.59 +50.76 366.09 0.00
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 69 481103ANDRIENKO Aleksander1990RUS
 67 380290SAMSAL Dalibor1985HUN
 64 512063BONVIN Anthony1994SUI
 57 54233LEITGEB Richard1994AUT
 56 202520HOLZMANN Sebastian1993GER
 54 6290183RONCI Giordano1992ITA
 53 201891SCHMID Philipp1986GER
 51 103676BROWN Phil1991CAN
 49 561117KUERNER Miha1987SLO
 46 501116LAHDENPERAE Anton1985SWE
 45 512138SIMONET Sandro1995SUI
 44 54245HETTEGGER Thomas1994AUT
 43 934523ENGEL Mark1991USA
 41 291318TONETTI Riccardo1989ITA
 39 103865PHILP Trevor1992CAN
 34 512182MEILLARD Loic1996SUI
 33 380334VIDOVIC Matej1993CRO
 25 193967MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor1989FRA
Did not finish 2nd run
 47 511899ROCHAT Marc1992SUI
 32 511127GINI Marc1984SUI
 11 290732THALER Patrick1978ITA
 7 201702NEUREUTHER Felix1984GER
Did not finish 1st run
 75 54106BREITFUSS KAMMERLANDER Simon1992BOL
 74 540026DICKSON SOMMERS Rodolfo Roberto1997MEX
 73 170151DYRBYE NAESTED Casper1996DEN
 72 221190NORRIS Kieran1995IRL
 71 430633JASICZEK Michal1994POL
 70 60160ALAERTS Kai1989BEL
 68 501351JOHANSSON Emil1988SWE
 66 304242NARITA Hideyuki1993JPN
 65 180567RASANEN Joonas1989FIN
 63 501873LUNDBAECK Gustav1993SWE
 62 194207THEOLIER Steven1990NED
 61 934566ROBERTS Hig1991USA
 60 6531063GINNIS AJ1994USA
 59 491879SALARICH Joaquim1994ESP
 58 502015JAKOBSEN Kristoffer1994SWE
 55 934502ANKENY Michael1991USA
 52 202485KETTERER David1993GER
 50 6291631LIBERATORE Federico1995ITA
 48 561322HADALIN Stefan1995SLO
 37 320266JUNG Dong-hyun1988KOR
 35 150644KRYZL Krystof1986CZE
 30 194262BUFFET Robin1991FRA
 27 103729READ Erik1991CAN
 20 534508CHODOUNSKY David1984USA
 16 192665GRANGE Jean-Baptiste1984FRA
 9 51395DIGRUBER Marc1988AUT