Marcel Hirscher showed some nerves on the biggest day of his career. He was already in the lead after the first round and had a lead of 0.28 seconds over second-placed Felix Neureuther. With a parforce run Hirscher defended this position successfully and even extended his lead with the fourth-best run time. Adding this medal to team gold and giant slalom silver he leaves Schladming with three medals and met the high expectations on him brilliantly.
The 23-year-old Austrian Marcel Hirscher wins the men’s slalom at the World Ski Championships with 1 minute 51.03 seconds over the two runs. Germany’s Felix Neureuther took silver at 0.42 sec, with Austria’s two-time world champion Mario Matt claiming bronze at 0.65 sec.
“You can’t really believe it, even now it’s hard for me. I have noticed, of course, once again that both (Felix Neureuther and Mario Matt) finished with fastest time. Yes, that’s brutal. But what can I say? This is awesome!”, Hirscher said right after his run.
What did you think about right before you started?
“It’s all about skiing and it’s all just a game. So I did it. I don’t know how that works out myself.”
You said before you want to enjoy the race. Was it possible to enjoy?
“Of course the atmosphere was sensational, but I was so focused and really tried not to mess up. I could feel that the run was good and I managed to pass the last few gates clever. This was anything but easy.”
Via Red Bull Newsroom