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Austrian skier #marcelhirscher defended his Alpine skiing World Cup crown in Switzerland this weekend, equaling the current record. Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen took second and France’s Alexis Pinturault third.
The 2016 FIS World Cup season came to a close in St. Moritz this weekend, with Hirscher taking an impressive total of 20 podiums, including eight victories. He picked up the overall award for the fifth time, as well as the Giant Slalom globe. That, and his performance tied the record for non-consecutive men’s overall titles held by Marc Girardelli.
“In my team, the expectations and the pressure are extremely high,” confessed the 27-year-old champion. “On one side from the outside, with media and the public, and on the other side from the inside, with me as a perfectionist, claiming to win the overall. It’s very demanding for my whole team and it’s not much fun.
“But I think it’s also one of the factors that made it possible to earn this globe five times in a row."
Switzerland Lara Gut earned her first overall title in the women rankings. An injury late in the season forced American superstar Lindsey Vonn out while Gut earned 13 podiums, including six victories.
"Since I started ski #racing, I feel like I’m considered as a prodigy and a potential winner of the overall," said the 24-year-old. "The pressure has always been there. I guess I wasn’t mature enough so far.
“Now I found my way, I can work and improve my skiing in harmony with my team and I learned to handle the pressure. In a crazy season like this one, with the duel with Lindsey Vonn where the lead changed almost every weekend, this experience helped a lot.”
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