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Hirscher with double win at Vitranc Cup to take overall title


Slovenia's Štefan Hadalin was fastest in the second run to finish 13th, his best career result in the World Cup.

The double Olympic champion and overall World Cup leader Hirscher was 1.22 seconds ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway, while third place went to Ramon Zenhäusern of Switzerland (+1.61), the silver medallist in the slalom in PyeaongChang.

After securing the small crystal globe for the giant slalom on Saturday, Hirscher today secured the small crystal globe in the slalom to be crowned the king of technical disciplines, and also secured the overall win in the competition.

The Austrian won his record seven consecutive large crystal globe for the overall World Cup winner, overtaking his compatriot Annemarie Moser-Pröll, who has won six.

"I won both races, wow, I really never imagined that I would win the overall title. But I did and it happened here. This is real and this is really magnificent," Hirscher said at a press conference after the race.

Hadalin was meanwhile the only Slovenian representative in the second run out of the six competitors in the first run, improving on his 28th place in the first to finish 13th, two spots better than his previous career best in the World Cup.

"The feeling on the course in certain parts was pretty good. I told to myself that if I take over the lead, it would be mission accomplished," Hadalin told the press, adding that he was trying to be as aggressive as possible.

"The second run was very good considering my slalom form. I can be satisfied with today's result," he added and noted that he was surprised by the immense support from the home crowd.

"Great. They surprised me once again. Actually, I new that they would come. I'm happy that I'm here and that they are here, that they came in big numbers and that they support me."


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