Alexis Pinturault took his 19th Audi FIS Ski World Cup win on the epic Chuenisbärgli hill at Adelboden Switzerland, making him the most successful French skier of all time—over the famed Jean-Claude Killy. Austrian living legend Marcel Hirscher put down a blazing second run, but finished second overall, just .04 seconds behind Pinturault. Hirscher’s teammate Philipp Schoerghofer was third.
In second position, Marcel Hirscher writes history again, and step by step, keeps breaking records. The five time overall Champion now has 100 World Cup podiums, a feat achieved only by ski legend Ingemar Stenmark so far (155). Hirscher is still comfortably in the lead for the overall standings for the Crystal Globe, ahead of Pinturault by nearly 300 points.
With a run that can only be described as incredible, Hirscher looked to have laid his claim on the top step of the podium when he crossed the line with nearly a two-second advantage with only Schoerghofer and Pinturault left to ski.
Pinturault, after hearing the crowd erupt when Hirscher crossed the line, knew he had to bring something extra to his run if he was to walk away with his first career victory at the iconic venue.
“It’s a victory, so It’s something very special. I heard the crowd but it was more or less like every time; you make the first run and then you have to make also the second run and push even maybe harder in the second run.”-Pinturault
Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) was the top U.S. Team finisher at the Adelboden giant slalom, taking 19th place. The U.S. Men manufactured a respectable showing in the first run, with Ford and Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City, UT) sitting 13th and 14th respectively. Though course set and flat light hindered them in the second run, both managed to score points from the day as Rubie took 24th, his first ever top 30 finish in GS.
“I thought I skied well,” said Ford of his run. “It’s dark light and I was moving well through most of the course. I had a hard time generating on that set and on the bottom, it’s just getting used to it. It’s definitely a challenging bottom section, but I’m happy to have more time on it and get points.”
For the remainder of the U.S. squad, Ryan Cochran-Siegle did not qualify for the second run and Hig Roberts did not finish his first. Ted Ligety did not race as he is still recovering from a back injury and Tim Jitloff’s back went out during warm-ups before first run and was unable to start.
Tomorrow, FIS World Cup action continues with a slalom held on the Chuenisbärgli in Adelboden, Switzerland live streaming on NBCSN starting at 10.30 / 13.30 CET. (1:30 / 3:00 a.m. EST)
TOP TEN MENS GS at ADELBODEN