Feb 27, 2012
MARCEL HIRSCHER EXTENDS WORLD CUP LEADERSHIP
Second place in the giant slalom in Crans Montana, 80 precious World Cup points for Marcel Hirscher. The ATOMIC star stays focused in competing for the Overall World Cup, "I can't allow myself to drop out, so this is definitely one of the most important podium places ever." In the super-G in Bansko, Tina Weirather also ranked second.
The eight-time seasonal winner Marcel Hirscher clenched his fist in the finish of Crans Montana in front of 14,000 fans – it was his joy about the second place in the end after the leadership after the first run. “I am relieved to be in the finish and on the podium. These are very important 80 points for the Overall World Cup“, the athlete from Salzburg, who is celebrating his 23rd birthday in five days’ time, said. Hirscher now leads the Overall World Cup with 1,134 points (92 points ahead of Kostelic, 95 of Feuz) and also extended his leadership in the giant slalom ranking, where he has gained 545 points so far (192 points ahead of Ligety and 187 of Blardone).
Tina Weirather misses first victory by 5 hundredths of a second
Second place, podium place number 5 and best result in super-G so far for Tina Weirather in Bansko. On the course named Mark Girardelli the 22-year-old Liechtensteiner only missed her first victory by 5 hundredths of a second. After four cruciate ligament ruptures, Weirather has planned for this season to slowly approach the world’s elite, but now the young ATOMIC racer is already part of it. At the season’s finals in Schladming, Weirather has great chances to finish as second in the downhill ranking – at the moment, she is forth and only misses 9 points to achieve this goal.