The Associated Press BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Lounging on the couch with his broken left ankle in a cast, Marcel Hirscher felt something he hadn’t in a long time — no pressure.
Now that he’s back on the slopes with his ankle mended and returning to his winning ways, that familiar tension has returned.
The six-time overall World Cup champion can’t escape the one glaring omission from his impressive resume: an Olympic gold. He insisted he doesn’t give it a second thought heading into the Pyeongchang Games. Still, all eyes will be on him constantly between now and February.
Especially after a performance like Sunday’s. The Austrian standout stormed back from a first-run deficit to win a World Cup giant slalom race on an afternoon when rival Ted Ligety struggled.
Hirscher finished in a combined time of 2 minutes 37.30 seconds to show he’s getting back up to speed after breaking his ankle in a training accident in August. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was second, 0.88 seconds back, and first-run leader Stefan Luitz of Germany took third.
“Today I thought: ‘OK, let’s go for it. Let’s give it a try. Let’s see what’s possible,’” Hirscher explained. “So unexpected was never a win before.”
It was Hirscher’s 23rd World Cup giant slalom win, tying him for third most among men with Switzerland’s Michael von Gruenigen. He trails only Ingemar Stenmark (46) and Ligety (24) in the discipline.
Weirather wins super-G
LAKE LOUISE, Canada (AP) — Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won the women’s World Cup super-G on Sunday for her first Lake Louise victory.
Weirather finished in 1 minute 18.52 seconds in sunny conditions. She won after finishing second five times in downhill and super-G races at the resort.
“Well, it really means a lot to me because I was here and on the podium so many times,” Weirather said. “I think seven times and now the first win. I was so close a couple of times.”
Switzerland’s Lara Gut, the winner last year ahead of Weirather, was second in 1:18.63.