With a wild ride in his second run of giant slalom, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher locked up his first World Cup crystal globe of the 2018-19 season in Bansko, Bulgaria.
In his final run, Hirscher had to repeatedly reign in his skis, looking like he might lose control at any moment as he pressed to get the win. Hirscher ducked through the finish, .04 hundredths of a second behind his Norwegian rival, Henrik Kristoffersen, but second place gave him the points he needed to grab the globe. It’s Hirscher’s fifth-consecutive globe win in the discipline, and sixth of his career.
Kristoffersen also relegated Hirscher to second place in the GS at last week’s world championships. Joining the two Alpine heavyweights on the podium in third was, France’s Thomas Fanara.
With the way the races have been running, Hirscher is expected to close out his World Cup season in March with his eighth-consecutive overall World Cup crystal globe win, as well as his sixth globe win in slalom.
The U.S.’ Tommy Ford once again cracked the top 10 for the fourth time this World Cup season, finishing the day in ninth.
The women’s tour finished their weekend in the Swiss Alps at Crans-Montana with the Alpine super combined. After one downhill and one slalom run, Italy’s Frederica Brignone claimed the win, with Canada’s Roni Remme and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener finishing in second and third, respectively.
Next weekend in World Cup racing, both the men and women compete in downhill and Super-G, but in separate locations. The men’s tour heads to Kvitfjell, Norway while the women’s tour makes camp in Sochi, Russia. Check out the full schedule below for ways to watch the events live.
ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP — Kvitfjell, Norway; Sochi, Russia
|Friday||5:00 a.m.||Men’s Downhill||OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold|
|Saturday||2:30 p.m.||Women’s Downhill||OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold|
|4:00 a.m.||Men’s Downhill||Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold|
|Sunday||1:00 a.m.||Women’s Downhill*||NBCSN|
|2:30 a.m.||Women’s Super-G||Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold|
|5:30 a.m.||Men’s Super-G||Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold|
|4:00 p.m.||Women’s Super-G*||NBCSN|
*Same-day and next day delay