Shiffrin and Hirscher continue World Cup dominance
There was a sense of deja vu in Kranjska Gora and Adelboden on Sunday as Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher claimed back-to-back victories.
Shiffrin and Hirscher are the dominant pair in this season's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup and they topped the podium once again in a repeat of Saturday's giant slalom results at the same resorts.
Since the turn of the year Shiffrin has been particularly dominant in the women's competition, winning seven of the last eight races in all disciplines and all four events in 2018.
Her second victory in Slovenia was thanks to a sensational opening run that saw her stop the clock on 51.44 seconds, an incredible 1.47s clear of nearest rival Frida Hansdotter.
Wrapping up first place was a mere formality after that, Shiffrin taking the win by 1.64s from Hansdotter, with Wendy Holdener completing the podium.
It gives her a 235-point lead in the slalom standings and a phenomenal advantage of 721 in the overall table, making her strong favourite to repeat her success of last season and challenge for a number of gold medals in Pyeongchang next month.
Sunday's triumph was her 40th World Cup win, placing her sixth on the all-time list at just 22 years of age.
What a weekend... thanks @worldcupadelboden-- Marcel Hirscher (@MarcelHirscher) January 7, 2018
And congrats @matt_michi1993 & @H_Kristoffersen
Hirscher's latest success was the 52nd of his career and third in a row, but unlike Shiffrin he was made to work for top spot.
Michael Matt and Henrik Kristoffersen pushed the Austrian all the way in Switzerland, but Hirscher was able to cling on as his 0.25s advantage from the first run ended up at 0.13s.
Kristoffersen was just another 0.03s behind in third as the top three put on a thrilling show but stopping Hirscher continues to prove difficult for the men's field.
He now has a 99-point lead over Kristoffersen in the slalom, while his overall advantage stands at 154 from the same rival.
Six-time defending overall champion Hirscher will now hope his impressive form can produce a first Olympic gold medal after just one silver from two prior Games appearances.