Hirscher wins World Cup slalom, takes overall lead; Ligety now third
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (AP)
Marcel Hirscher of Austria mastered a classic Swiss slope yet again Sunday, winning a World Cup slalom to seize the lead in the overall and discipline standings.
Hirscher, the two-time defending overall champion, sliced through the gates on the steep final slope to beat Andre Myhrer of Sweden by 0.29 seconds.
Teenager Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was third, trailing 0.66 behind Hirscher's combined two-run time of 1 minute, 49.75 seconds.
Hirscher won this race for the past two years en route to taking the giant crystal globe as the world's best all-around Alpine skier.
Felix Neureuther of Germany lost his unbeaten record in 2014 by straddling a gate when poised to challenge Hirscher's time.
With 100 race points for victory, Hirscher now leads Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway by 23 points in the overall standings. Svindal is a speed specialist who skips slalom races.
Ted Ligety of the United States retained third place overall despite skiing out in the second run.
Hirscher also took the discipline standings lead from teammate Mario Matt who failed to finish the second run. He leads by 60 points from Mattias Hargin of Sweden, who placed fourth Sunday after being fastest in the morning.
With his fourth win this season, the 24-year-old Hirscher has 22 career World Cup wins including 12 in slalom.
Kristoffersen, a 19-year-old junior world champion in two events, got his second career podium finish one day after almost colliding with a television production worker who strayed on the course during Saturday's giant slalom won by Neureuther.
Bode Miller placed outside the top-30 in the morning so did not qualify for a second run.
The American veteran, who won this race in 2002, lost his race line and speed at the top of the final pitch.