Austria's Hirscher blazes way to victory
Adelboden, Switzerland • Marcel Hirscher turned in a scintillating second run to win a World Cup slalom on Sunday, after being eighth in the opening leg.
Hirscher, the overall World Cup leader, was at least 0.83 seconds faster than any rival in the afternoon to best Austrian teammate Mario Matt by 0.30.
"It was a lucky run," said Hirscher, who has won three slaloms this season. "After the first run I decided to go all in, and it's a 50-50 chance to straddle or ski out."
Ted Ligety of Park City remained third overall after finishing 11th, 2.44 behind Hirscher. The American, who won Saturday's giant slalom, has 179 points to make up on the defending champion midway through the season.
"Eleventh place isn't my goal, that's for sure," Ligety said. "In order to really make everything meaningful, in slalom I need to be doing a lot better in order to make an impact in the overall."
American teammate David Chodounsky placed 10th for his best World Cup result in an injury-hit career at age 28.
In St. Anton, Austria, Tina Maze of Slovenia reached another milestone in her stellar season by winning her first super-G and becoming the sixth female skier to win a World Cup race in all five Alpine disciplines. In perfect, sunny conditions, Maze attacked the Karl Schranz course in impressive style to time 1 minute, 16.55 seconds and edge Anna Fenninger of Austria by 0.04.
It was the sixth victory of the season and 17th overall for Maze, who was on a super-G podium eighth times before without winning one.
Fabienne Suter of Switzerland trailed Maze by 0.99 and beat defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn by 0.01 for third place.
Women's ski jumping
Sara Takanashi of Japan won her fourth women's ski jump event of the season to extend her lead in the World Cup standings, while Park City's Sarah Hendrickson, the defending overall champion, finished second. The 16-year-old Takanashi was third after a first jump of 98 meters but soared to 105 with her next to win with 247.5 points overall.
Hendrickson, who won Saturday's event, was second after jumps of 103 and 101.5 meters for 245.9 points.
In Koenigssee, Germany, World Cup champion Alexander Zubkov won his fifth World Cup four-man bobsled race of the season to close the gap on Maximilian Arndt in the standings.
The Russian and his crew of Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Maxim Mokrousov, completed both runs in a total of 1 minute, 38.06 seconds 0.2 seconds faster than Arndt and Marko Huebenbecker, Alexander Roediger and Martin Putze.
Germans Thomas Florschuetz and Manuel Machata, were third and fourth.
Arndt took advantage of Zubkov's absence from Altenberg last weekend by winning to seize the lead in the World Cup standings, but Zubkov has cut the gap to 14 points. With two races remaining, Arndt had 1,349 points, Zubkov had 1,335, and Machata was third with 1,266.
Park City's Steven Holcomb led his U.S. team to a seventh-place finish, in 1:38.73.
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