Alpine skiing: Hirscher wins an eighth globe in a row

Ski alpin: Hirscher remporte un huitième globe d'affilée

Photo: Jure Makovec Agence France-Presse
At the end of the last season, and after having finally laid hands on a gold medal at the olympic Games,the Austrian Marcel Hirscher was thinking of retiring.

After being assured of an eighth title in a row in the overall standings of the world Cup alpine skiing, on Sunday, the Austrian Marcel Hirscher has implied that there might not be a ninth.

The Austrian has left to soar the idea of withdrawal after the last two races of the season, next week in Andorra.

“It would be difficult, but it is something that is possible,” said Hirscher, who celebrated his 30th birthday last week.

Hirscher was married during the off-season, last year, and he has become a father shortly before the start of the season, which began in October.

“We’re going to have to speak of these things this summer. The family is a priority, then the question is, for how long I will be able to combine the two in a sensible way “, he said regarding the difficulty to combine family and professional sport.

Hirscher finished third in the last slalom of the season in Slovenia and he has a overwhelming advance of 509 points on the Frenchman Alexis Pinturault, with four events still on the program. A victory is worth 100 points.

This residence Hirscher was only a formality, while Pinturault would not likely take part in the downhill on Wednesday. The French would therefore have three other races to collect points.

The winner of the Sunday race has been the Swiss Ramon Zenhaeusern, thanks to a combined time of 1:39,54, 1.17 seconds better than Hirscher. Pinturault finished seventh in 1:41,45.

The Canadian Phil Brown (55,51) and Erik Read (55,73) have not managed to qualify for the second round, while Trevor Philp has not completed the first round.

Thanks to this eighth big career crystal globe, Hirscher has equaled the all-time record of 20 titles — cumulative and disciplines — the American Lindsey Vonn. Hirscher was assured for several weeks already the first-place ranking in slalom and giant slalom events.

Moreover, none of the other skier, male or female, has won more than six times the crystal globe as the overall ranking in the 53 years of the existence of the world Cup.

At the end of the last season, and after having finally laid hands on a gold medal at the olympics, Hirscher was thinking of retiring. It has been languishing the many enthusiasts of skiing in Austria for months before confirming in July that it was going to be skiing for at least another season.

Hirscher has quickly taken the lead in the slalom, the giant slalom and the overall standings, picking up 10 victories in the passage to increase his total to 68. Only Swede Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Vonn (82) have won more events in his career.

Hirscher has not been able to add a victory to his name, him who had won 12 of the last 16 slaloms of the world Cup. On Sunday, the Austrian pulled from the rear by eight-tenths of a second after the first descent, but it has climbed three ranks during the second descent.