Marcel Hirscher completes Alpine skiing season with slalom globe

Marcel Hirscher of Austria completed a clean sweep at the Alpine skiing World Cup Finals on Sunday when he added the slalom crystal globe to his fourth successive overall title. Meanwhile another Austrian, Anna Fenninger, retained the women’s overall World Cup after winning the last giant slalom of the season at the Alpine skiing World Cup finals also in Meribel.

Fenninger, who won her first overall title in 2014, overtook Slovenia’s Tina Maze to beat the 20

Marcel Hirscher of Austria completed a clean sweep at the Alpine skiing World Cup Finals on Sunday when he added the slalom crystal globe to his fourth successive overall title.

Meanwhile another Austrian, Anna Fenninger, retained the womenand#39s overall World Cup after winning the last giant slalom of the season at the Alpine skiing World Cup finals also in Meribel.

Fenninger, who won her first overall title in 2014, overtook Sloveniaand#39s Tina Maze to beat the 2013 World Cup champion by 22 points. Maze, who had led Fenninger by 18 points, finished third in the seasonand#39s final race with Austrian Eva-Maria Brem taking second place.

Hirscher, crowned overall World Cup champion after Saturdayand#39s giant slalom, dominated the final race of the season to topple Germanyand#39s Felix Neureuther from the top spot in the discipline.

Hirscher clinched his eighth victory of the winter in a combined time of one minute and 33.

53 seconds, 083 ahead of former slalom Olympic champion Giuliano Razzoli of Italy while Russiaand#39s Alexander Khoroshilov was third, 109 adrift.

He beat Neureuther by 23 points to end the season with three crystal globes — overall, giant slalom and slalom — and a sweep of the technical disciplines.

andldquoI didnand#39t have the choice. I needed to finish first or second to beat Felix.

So the tactics were pretty simple,andrdquo said Hirscher

andldquoFelix and I are very good friends and thatand#39s why I canand#39t rejoice completely. Itand#39s the third time I took the cup away from him under his nose,andrdquo he added.

andldquoMarcel, when he skis like that, and itand#39s the finals and itand#39s about the globe, heand#39s difficult to beat,andrdquo said Neureuther, who cited lingering back problems to explain his disappointing 12th place in Sundayand#39s slalom

In the final overall standings, the best skier of the last four seasons eventually left closest rival Kjetil Jansrud of Norway 160 points behind.

Jansrud had decided not to take part in Sundayand#39s slalom, effectively handing Hirscher the seasonand#39s overall title, but took the downhill and Super-G crowns.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman