Hirscher almost struck by drone as Kristoffersen wins slalom


Marcel Hirscher was almost struck by a camera drone as he hurtled down the slopes to finish second behind Henrik Kristoffersen in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup slalom race in Madonna di Campiglio on Tuesday.

Kristoffersen ensured Hirscher had to settle for second place in the first slalom race of the season in Val d'Isere earlier this month and it was the same outcome in north-east Italy.

The 21-year-old was quickest in the first run at the first night race of the season with a time of 47.34 seconds and then got down in 50.46 second time around.

Kristoffersen was 1.25 seconds faster than Hirscher, who has made a blistering start to the season but had to settle for second spot on the podium after clocking 48.37 and 50.68. 

It could have been far worse for the four-time defending overall world champion, who appeared not to notice as he was nearly wiped out by a drone carrying a television camera which dramatically plummeted just behind him and ploughed into the snow.

"Heavy air traffic in Italy. #crazy #drone #crash #luckyme." Hirscher tweeted along with a picture of the incident.

Marco Schwarz secured his first podium finish and 60 points after he was 1.59 seconds slower than Kristoffersen with his two runs.

Italian duo Stefano Gross and Giuliano Razzoli were third and fourth respectively after the first run, but were unable to get on the podium. 

Razzoli finished four, with Gross down in 17th in a race which saw Hirscher replace Aksel Lund Svindal as the overall leader once again by a 23-point margin at Christmas.