Hirscher's Wengen hoodoo ends, Goggia completes Italian double


Marcel Hirscher ended his Wengen hoodoo to continue a memorable run of slalom victories, while Sofia Goggia completed a double Italian FIS World Cup success in Bad Kleinkirchheim.

For all the Austrian's stunning accomplishments, Hirscher had never triumphed at the Swiss venue where rival Henrik Kristoffersen won on his previous two visits.

But Hirscher has proved unstoppable in slalom this year and he made it five in a row in the discipline with a combined time of one minute, 45.45 seconds over his two runs.

It marks the second time Hirscher has claimed five slalom victories in the same season, while Wengen is the 15th venue where he has celebrated a World Cup victory.

Kristoffersen came in second ahead of Andre Myhrer, but the Norwegian now trails by 119 points in the slalom standings, and 174 in the overall.

In Austria, Goggia was a World Cup winner for the third time in her career with glory in the downhill meet, following the achievement of her Italian compatriot Federica Brignone in Saturday's super-G.

She finished a comfortable 1.10 secs ahead of Brignone, who beat another Italian in Nadia Fanchini to second, amid tough conditions and now sits just one point adrift of Tina Weirather - who was fifth - in the downhill standings.

Lindsey Vonn returned to the slopes for the first time in nine weeks after sustaining a broken arm, and the legendary American took no risks as she came home 27th.