Marcel Hirscher

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Marcel Hirscher
— Alpine skier —
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Hirscher in October 2013
Disciplines Slalom, Giant slalom,
Super-G
Club Skiklub Annaberg
Born (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 28)
Annaberg-Lungötz,
Salzburg, Austria
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
World Cup debut 17 March 2007 (age 18)
Website marcelhirscher.at
Olympics
Teams 2 – (2010, 2014)
Medals 1 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams 4 – (2009, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Medals 9 (6 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 10  – (20082017)
Wins 45
Podiums 107
Overall titles 6 – (20122017)
Discipline titles 8 – (4 GS, 4 SL)

Marcel Hirscher (born 2 March 1989)[1] is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer. Hirscher made his World Cup debut in March 2007. He competes primarily in slalom and giant slalom, as well as combined and occasionally in super G. Winner of a record six consecutive World Cup titles,[2] Hirscher has also won nine medals at the Alpine Skiing World Championships (six gold) and a silver medal in slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Career

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Hirscher placed fourth in the giant slalom and fifth in the slalom at Whistler Creekside. He placed fourth in the giant slalom at the 2009 World Championships, but broke his ankle the weekend preceding the 2011 World Championships, which ended his 2011 season.[3]

Returning after injury, Hirscher had his best season to date in terms of wins in 2012 with 9 victories and a total of 14 podiums, all in the two technical events (except for one third place in the season's last Super G). He won the World Cup overall and giant slalom titles, and placed third in the slalom.[4]

In October 2012, Hirscher was awarded the Skieur d'Or Award[5] by members of the International Association of Ski Journalists for his performances during the previous season.

Hirscher won the overall World Cup title again in 2013 with 6 victories; he also won the slalom title and was runner-up in giant slalom.[6] Hirscher scored a total of 18 podium finishes out of 19 races in the two technical events. The only race in either slalom or giant slalom where he finished outside the top 3 was the giant slalom in Adelboden. In that particular race Hirscher was leading after the first run, built up his advantage to over a second in the second run, but nearly fell several gates before the final, thus missing the win and finished only 16th. He became the first male racer to retain the overall World Cup title since fellow Austrian Stephan Eberharter in 2002 and 2003[7] and the first to win it three years in a row since American Phil Mahre did so in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

In 2015 Hirscher dominated the giant slalom standings with 5 wins, including a winning margin of 3.28 seconds in Garmisch,[8] and won the GS title for the second time. With his slalom win in Zagreb[9] he became the most successful Austrian male World Cup slalom skier surpassing Benjamin Raich. In the final race of the season in Meribel he overturned a 55-point deficit in the standings by winning his 16th World Cup slalom, and with it won the slalom title for the third year in a row.[10] Hirscher became the first male alpine skier to win the overall World Cup title four times in a row.

Hirscher in February 2017 (FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2017).

In 2016 Hirscher became the most successful Austrian male World Cup GS skier by winning in Beaver Creek, Colorado, surpassing Benjamin Raich and Hermann Maier. With his GS win in Alta Badia, Italy (his 3rd consecutive win at that venue), he became Austria's most successful World Cup GS skier overtaking Annemarie Moser-Pröll. Another GS win in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia confirmed Hirscher as the GS title winner with one race to go. To wrap up an amazing season with 8 wins and 19 podiums Hirscher also won the men's overall World Cup title, his 5th consecutive overall title, a feat never before achieved by a male skier. His points total also enabled Austria to narrowly beat France in the men's nations cup by 201 points, the narrowest winning margin for many years. Hirscher was the only Austrian male skier to win a race in the entire season, and scored 30.9% (1795 out of 5804) of the Austrian men's nations cup points.

In 2017 Hirscher won the first slalom of the season on 13 November in Levi, Finland and equalled Pirmin Zurbriggen's win total of 40, putting him equal 5th in the standings. He also achieved his 93rd podium, surpassing Benjamin Raich's total. On 18 December he won the fourth giant slalom of the season in Alta Badia having finished second in the three preceding giant slalom races, equalling Alberto Tomba's 4 wins at the venue, and with it became the 5th most successful male World Cup winner. On 7 January Hirscher achieved his 100th podium from 191 starts (a ratio of 52.3%) with a 2nd-place finish in the giant slalom in Adelboden. On 29 January Hirscher won the GS in Garmisch, achieving his 20th GS and 43rd World Cup win, and with it attained Austria's 100th GS win for men.[11]

At the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2017 in St. Moritz, Switzerland Hirscher won gold in the GS and slalom, and silver in the combined, missing the gold by just 0.01 seconds. He was the most successful athlete at the championships.

On 4 March in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Hirscher won his third GS race of the season and with it secured his 4th GS World Cup title and his 6th overall World Cup title, the only male skier in history to do so.[12] One day later Hirscher finished fourth in the slalom and with it secured his fourth World Cup slalom title.[13]

World Cup results

Hirscher in February 2017.
Hirscher at the gala for the Austrian Sportspersonalities of the Year 2015.
Marcel Hirscher with Stefan Illek, Michael Pircher, Josef Percht and Ferdinand Hirscher

Season titles

Season
Discipline
2012 Overall
Giant slalom
2013 Overall
Slalom
2014 Overall
Slalom
2015 Overall
Giant slalom
Slalom
2016 Overall
Giant slalom
2017 Overall
Giant slalom
Slalom

Season standings

Season
Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
2007 17 153  – 49  –  –  –
2008 18 51 15 60  –  –  –
2009 19 14 9 14 52  – 10
2010 20 6 8 6 34  – 12
2011 21 15 5 10  –  –  –
2012 22 1 3 1 27  –  –
2013 23 1 1 2  –  –  –
2014 24 1 1 2 31  – 8
2015 25 1 1 1 24  – 6
2016 26 1 2 1 6  –  –
2017 27 1 1 1 31  – 5
2018 28 17 17  –

Standings through 12 November 2017.

Race victories

Season
Date Location Discipline
2010 13 December 2009 France Val d'Isère, France Giant slalom
30 January 2010 Slovenia Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant slalom
2011 12 December 2010 France Val d'Isère, France Slalom
2012 4 December 2011 United States Beaver Creek, USA Giant slalom
19 December 2011 Italy Alta Badia, Italy Slalom
5 January 2012 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Slalom
7 January 2012  Switzerland  Adelboden, Switzerland Giant slalom
8 January 2012 Slalom
24 January 2012 Austria Schladming, Austria Slalom
18 February 2012 Bulgaria Bansko, Bulgaria Giant slalom
19 February 2012 Slalom
17 March 2012 Austria Schladming, Austria Giant slalom
2013 9 December 2012 France Val d'Isère, France Giant slalom
18 December 2012 Italy Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Slalom
6 January 2013 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Slalom
13 January 2013  Switzerland  Adelboden, Switzerland Slalom
27 January 2013 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom
29 January 2013 Russia Moscow, Russia Parallel slalom
2014 17 November 2013 Finland Levi, Finland Slalom
14 December 2013 France Val d'Isère, France Giant slalom
22 December 2013 Italy Alta Badia, Italy Giant slalom
12 January 2014  Switzerland  Adelboden, Switzerland Slalom
16 March 2014  Switzerland  Lenzerheide, Switzerland Slalom
2015 26 October 2014 Austria Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
12 December 2014 Sweden Åre, Sweden Giant slalom
14 December 2014 Slalom
21 December 2014 Italy Alta Badia, Italy Giant slalom
6 January 2015 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Slalom
10 January 2015  Switzerland  Adelboden, Switzerland Giant slalom
1 March 2015 Germany Garmisch, Germany Giant slalom
22 March 2015 France Meribel, France Slalom
2016 5 December 2015 United States Beaver Creek, USA Super-G
6 December 2015 Giant slalom
12 December 2015 France Val d'Isère, France Giant slalom
20 December 2015 Italy Alta Badia, Italy Giant slalom
6 January 2016 Italy Santa Caterina, Italy Slalom
23 February 2016 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden Parallel slalom
5 March 2016 Slovenia Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant slalom
6 March 2016 Slalom
2017 13 November 2016 Finland Levi, Finland Slalom
18 December 2016 Italy Alta Badia, Italy Giant slalom
22 January 2017 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom
29 January 2017 Germany Garmisch, Germany Giant slalom
4 March 2017 Slovenia Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant slalom
18 March 2017 United States Aspen, USA Giant slalom

Podiums

Season Podiums
Super G Giant Slalom Slalom Parallel slalom Combined Total
1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Σ
2008 2 2
2009 1 1
2010 2 1 2 1 6
2011 1 1 2 4
2012 1 4 2 1 5 1 14
2013 1 5 1 4 4 1 1 1 18
2014 2 1 3 3 2 1 1 13
2015 5 1 1 3 2 1 1 14
2016 1 1 4 2 2 2 6 1 19
2017 4 4 2 4 1 1 16
Total 1 0 2 22 16 9 20 22 7 2 1 1 0 3 2 107
3 47 49 3 5

World Championship results

Year
Age Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined Team Event
2009 19 DSQ1 4 DNF2 cancelled
2011 21 injured: did not compete
2013 23 1 2 1
2015 25 DNF2 2 1 1
2017 27 1 1 21 2 5

Olympic results

Year
Age Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
2010 20 5 4
2014 24 2 4

References

  1. ^ "FIS profile". Fis-ski.com. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Marcel Hirscher writes himself into history books with giant slalom victory". CBC Sports. The Associated Press. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  3. ^ uk.eurosport.yahoo.com – Hirscher wins Beaver Creek giant slalom – 4 December 2011
  4. ^ "Marcel Hirscher wins overall title". ESPN. Associated Press. 17 March 2012. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Skieur d'Or Award". Snow Kings. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Manuele Lang (14 March 2013). "Alpine skiing: Hirscher assured of overall World Cup". Reuters. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Alpine Skiing". Fis-Ski. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Hirscher show at Garmisch GS". Ski Racing.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hirscher makes it a hat trick in Zagreb". Ski Racing.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Hirscher skis for win, globe over Neureuther in Meribel". Ski Racing.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Hirscher takes extraordinary win in Garmisch GS | Skiracing.com". www.skiracing.com. Archived from the original on 29 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  12. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4281986/Hirscher-overwhelmed-record-6th-overall-World-Cup-title.html
  13. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/gross-leads-slalom-world-cup-hirscher-poised-title-45920157

External links

  • Marcel Hirscher at the International Ski Federation
  • FIS-ski.com – Marcel Hirscher – World Cup season standings – 2008–16
  • Ski-db.com – Marcel Hirscher – results
  • Marcel Hirscher at Sports Reference – Olympic results
  • Official website (in English)
  • Austrian Ski team (ÖSV) – official site – Marcel Hirscher – (in German)
  • Atomic Skis – athletes – Marcel Hirscher
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