Mar 11, 2013

Marcel: Final sprint at the super-G

“My batteries are fully charged,“ Marcel Hirscher said. Charged with the medals won in Schladming: gold in slalom and the team event, vice champion in giant slalom. And with precious crystal: in Kranjska Gora the world champion proved to be the steadiest slalom racer of the 2012/13 season and made himself the winner of the one “glass cup“ that had not been in his glass cabinet yet. 18 World Cup races, 16 podium results and leader of the overall World Cup, 149 points ahead: Marcel is trying his best to finish this season as the overall World Cup winner again. Just as last year, Marcel is racing the super-G in Lenzerheide at this season’s finals. All good things come in threes.

He decided to do so on his way home after the weekend in Kranjska Gora where he gained 160 points, “To be ahead by 149 points is quite solid, but the super-G at the finals will be another chance for points. It was the right decision last year to make use of this chance.“ Two first-class second runs in Kranjska Gora did not only put Marcel in a comfortable position for the final sprint in Lenzerheide, but also led to winning the slalom crystal globe, “I am really happy about this. I had still missed this one in my collection. Small globe, big message: It means that I was the best and most consistent slalom racer this winter.“

This is true. And this conclusion could also be applied when it comes to the big crystal globe: Marcel Hirscher, once again the world’s best and most consistent skier. In races #17 and #18 of this season he achieved podium results #15 and #16 – there is nothing left to say about Marcel’s winter. But it has not been decided yet, “Finals are similar to major events: as we could see last year, they have their own laws. I try to be laid-back about the races. My batteries are fully charged and I’m in pole position. I am double world champion and vice world champion, I’ve won the slalom crystal globe: whatever there is still to come is just an extra and one more reason to celebrate once the season is over.“