Hirscher atones for giant slalom mishap in Val d'Isere slalom

Marcel Hirscher atoned for his mishap in the Alpine Skiing World Cup giant slalom at Val d'Isere with an outstanding second run to take victory in the slalom on Sunday.

Having led after the first run of Saturday's giant slalom, an error-strewn second run cost Hirscher, who struck a gate and ripped the flag off, losing time as the flag ended up wrapped up around his arm.

In difficult conditions with heavy snow and poor visibility in the French Alps, he trailed Stefano Gross by over half a second after the first slalom run.

But that deficit was overturned in spectacular style as Hirscher moved up to second in the overall standings.

While Alexis Pinturault, the beneficiary of Hirscher's misfortune on Saturday, struggled in the conditions and missed a gate, Hirscher thrived.

He produced a flawless second effort of 52.39 seconds to finish with a combined time of 1:41.94, beating Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen by 0.39 secs.

However, it is Kristoffersen who now leads the way in the overall standings by 11 points from Hirscher, who is seeking his seventh successive title.

 

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