Kristo≠ersen’s 2nd run gets him 1st

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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