Can you tell me why? - Hirscher needed permutations explaining before celebrating record title


Marcel Hirscher had no idea he had written his name into the history books after his final giant slalom run on Saturday and needed officials to do the maths for him.

Hirscher claimed a record sixth FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup overall globe in Kranjska Gora as his title rivals failed to score enough points to keep his lead under 500 points.

With only five races remaining his advantage is 504 points, meaning he cannot be caught, earning him a place in the records books as he moved past Marc Girardelli on five globes.

Initially there was no celebration from Hirscher, though, and he needed the permutations explaining to him before he believed he had become the greatest of all time in the men's competition.

"You think so?" Hirscher said, as quoted by NBC Sports, when told he was the champion for a sixth year in a row.

"Mathematics wasn't my best program in school! Can you tell me why?"

Having had the information relayed to him, a delighted Hirscher admitted: "That is not too bad actually."

Hirscher also claimed a third successive giant slalom globe with his win, the third man to achieve the feat.