Marcel Hirscher of Austria wins World Cup slalom opener in Levi
LEVI, Finland (AP) — Double overall World Cup skiing champion Marcel Hirscher won the World Cup slalom opener Sunday ahead of countryman Mario Matt.
The 24-year-old Austrian skied seamlessly throughout the second run to clock an overall time of 1 minute, 45.42 seconds. Two-time world champion Mario Matt climbed from third place after the first run to second, 0.62 seconds behind Hirscher. Norwegian 19-year-old Henrik Kristoffersen was third, 0.93 seconds back.
German Felix Neureuther, who was second after the first run, had an acrobatic fall on his second run but continued to ski and ended up 27th.
American Ted Ligety, who won the Giant Slalom opening race in Soelden last month, improved from a slow first run, ending 11th, 1.96 seconds behind Hirscher.