The latest men’s races in Kranjska Gora marked the official victory by Hirscher, in the overall standings of the Ski World Cup. Next week both male and female teams will meet in Aspen for the final events and the official award ceremony.
On Saturday, March 4th, Kranjska Gora held the Giant Slalom, despite interruptions due to rain and fog which caused difficult race conditions Marcel Hirscher finished first once again, followed on the podium by the Norwegian Leif Kristian Haugen in second and the Swedish Matts Olsson in the third position.
For Hirscher, this is his fourth victory in the World Cup in the Giant Slalom, but also most exciting news is that, thanks to this victory, he has won his 6th Alpine Ski World Cup in a row, which is also a record in the history of the Ski World Cup. There are only a few competitions left for this season and Hirscher has already won an unattainable advantage in terms of total scoring in the overall standings, earning the title of undisputed champion of the Alpine Ski World Cup.
The following day, on Sunday, March 5th, Michael Matt won the Special Slalom ahead of Italian Stefano Gross who lost his advantage gained in the first round. The third step podium place was occupied by German Felix Neureuther. Not content with the great victory of the previous day, Hirscher, with his fourth place, won enough points to win a Cup in this discipline.
The men move to Aspen, USA, where they will be joined also by the ladies for the finals of all specialties, from March 15th to March 19th 2017.
The event in the United States for the first time in twenty years, represents the last chance for the winners of each discipline to compete for the long craved crystal globes:
- The race event starts on Wednesday, March 15th with the Downhill
- Thursday, March 16th, with the Super G
- Friday, March 17th, the Team Event will take place, where the teams of the nations at the top of the standings will compete head to head in a dual-panelled slalom race
- the weekend, finally, Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th, will be dedicated to the other two technical disciplines, the Giant Slalom and the Slalom.
In addition to the awards for the individual specialties, there will be the official unveiling of the title of overall champion of the Ski World Cup.