Marcel Hirscher wins World Championship Slalom

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.

Marcel Hirscher, World Championship Slalom. Photo by Andreas Schaad / Red Bull Content Pool.

Marcel Hirscher, World Championship Slalom. Photo by Andreas Schaad / Red Bull Content Pool.

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.

“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.”

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