Hirscher the greatest of all time as Slovenia win brings record sixth overall globe


Marcel Hirscher became the greatest male skier of all time in Kranjska Gora on Saturday as his giant slalom victory ensured a record sixth FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup overall title.

The Austrian has dominated the World Cup programme over the last five years, winning the overall title on each occasion to move level with Marc Girardelli.

His 0.46-second victory in Slovenia sees him go clear of Girardelli with an unprecedented sixth globe, the 28-year-old helped by his rivals' failure to handle the conditions.

Hirscher went into the race knowing he could be crowned champion should his overall lead be more than 500 at the conclusion, with Henrik Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault the men who could delay his coronation.

As Hirscher set the fastest time of the opening run in one minute, 11.63 seconds, Kristoffersen was 0.96secs back, while Pinturault failed to finish.

Foggy conditions delayed the fastest runners ahead of the second run and while it affected Kristoffersen's chances - he had to settle for 11th - Hirscher was not to be denied.

He may not have set the fastest time but it was more than enough to see him top the rankings by nearly half a second from Leif Kristian Haugen, with Matts Olsson completing the top three.

Kristoffersen's lowly finish only brought him 24 points, meaning he remains 508 back from Hirscher, while Kjetil Jansrud - who does not race giant slalom - is 504 adrift with five races remaining.

Those margins mean Hirscher cannot be caught, claiming his sixth overall globe in a row, while also wrapping up a third successive title in the discipline as well.