Kristo≠ersen’s 2nd run gets him 1st
kitzbuehel, austria» Henrik Kristoffersen used a blistering second run to win a men’s World Cup slalom on Sunday, becoming the first skier to triumph in the classic slaloms in Adelboden, Wengen and Kitzbuehel in the same year.
Having won four of the first five slaloms this season, the Norwegian looked out of contention this time after finishing 0.85 seconds behind in 12th place in a poor opening run.
But he surpassed all rivals in a breathtaking final run for a historic win. “Incredible. What’s happening?” Kristoffersen said in disbelief. “After the mistake in the first run, it was hard to believe this was still possible.”
Kristoffersen finished in 1 minute, 43.96 seconds to edge Austria’s Marcel Hirscher by 0.03 seconds. Germany’s Fritz Dopfer, who led after the first run, dropped to third, 0.45 behind.
It was Kristoffersen’s eighth career slalom win, making him the most successful Norwegian in the discipline.