Hirscher breaks an­other Alpine mark

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Once more in his stel­lar ca­reer, Mar­cel Hirscher was rac­ing against Alpine ski­ing’s his­tory book Sun­day.

The Aus­trian great al­most in­evitably won a World Cup slalom, his ninth vic­tory in Adel­bo­den, Switzer­land, to set a men’s record on the 52-year cir­cuit for most wins by one skier at a sin­gle venue.

“It is re­ally a spe­cial place,” said Hirscher, who noted he got his first World Cup top-10 fin­ish at Adel­bo­den as a teenager in the Jan­uary 2008 slalom.

The Chuenis­baer­gli slope, a snow-cov­ered cow pas­ture, was an orig­i­nal World Cup venue in Jan­uary 1967, and its race win­ners’ roll reads like a list of Alpine ski greats.

Hirscher’s lat­est Adel­bo­den win was earned with a sec­on­drun charge to vic­tory for the sec­ond straight day and through steadily fall­ing wet snow that af­fected vis­i­bil­ity.

Third fastest in the morn­ing, Hirscher was quick­est in the af­ter­noon to fin­ish 0.50 sec­onds ahead of Cle­ment Noel. The 21year-old French­man got his first ca­reer podium fin­ish.

Hen­rik Kristof­fersen trailed Hirscher by 0.71 in third, one day after let­ting a first-run lead slip when run­ner-up to Hirscher in the clas­sic gi­ant slalom.

“When Mar­cel is at the level that he is in at the mo­ment, I couldn’t beat him with those mis­takes,” Kristof­fersen said.

Hirscher, if he stays free of in­jury, is mak­ing a pro­ces­sion of his pur­suit of a record-ex­tend­ing eighth straight over­all World Cup ti­tle, just as two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Mikaela Shiffrin is dom­i­nat­ing the women’s ti­tle race.

He swept the week­end races at Adel­bo­den for the third time in his ca­reer and in back-to-back years. . . .

Two-time over­all World Cup ski cham­pion Anna Veith ended her sea­son after in­jur­ing a knee in train­ing.

The Aus­trian ski fed­er­a­tion said the 2014 Olympic gold medal­ist tore her right ACL in a gi­ant slalom run Satur­day and will un­dergo surgery.

Veith has been slowed by knee in­juries since win­ning her sec­ond straight over­all ti­tle in 2015 and has since had just one World Cup race win.

LUGE: Latvia won a World Cup luge gold medal for the first time, pre­vail­ing in the team re­lay in Sigulda, Latvia.

This was the 27th time that Latvia has hosted a World Cup rac­ing week­end, span­ning nearly 100 events — yet none re­sulted in a win be­fore now. Kendija Apar­jode, Kris­ters Apar­jods and the dou­bles team of Oskars Gu­dramovics and Pe­teris Kal­nins de­liv­ered the his­toric win.

Rus­sia was sec­ond in the team re­lay, Ger­many got the bronze, and the United States fin­ished fourth.

Ear­lier Sun­day, Rus­sia took first and sec­ond in the men’s race with Se­men Pavlichenko win­ning and Alek­sandr Gor­batce­vich tak­ing the sil­ver. Olympic cham­pion David Gleirscher of Aus­tria was third. Chris Mazdzer was the top Amer­i­can fin­isher, plac­ing 13th.

BOB­SLED: Ger­many is still un­beaten in World Cup bob­sled races this sea­son after Jo­hannes Lochner drove to a vic­tory in a four-man race in Koenigssee, Ger­many.

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