Marcel Hirscher

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Marcel Hirscher
— Alpine skier —
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Hirscher in October 2013
Disciplines Slalom, Giant slalom,
Super-G, Combined
Club Skiklub Annaberg
Born (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 29)
Hallein,
Salzburg, Austria
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
World Cup debut 17 March 2007 (age 18)
Website marcelhirscher.at
Olympics
Teams 3 – (2010, 2014, 2018)
Medals 3 (2 gold)
World Championships
Teams 4 – (2009, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Medals 9 (6 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 12  – (20072018)
Wins 58
Podiums 123
Overall titles 7 – (20122018)
Discipline titles 10 – (5 SL, 5 GS)

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 seven consecutive World Cup titles,[2] Hirscher has also won nine medals at the Alpine Skiing World Championships (six gold) a silver medal in slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics and two gold medals in the combined and giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Due to his record number of Overall titles, many years of extreme dominance of both slalom and giant slalom and men's super ranking, he is considered the best alpine skier in history.[3][4]

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.[5]

Returning after injury, Hirscher had an outstanding season 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.[6]

In October 2012, Hirscher was awarded the Skieur d'Or Award[7] 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.[8] 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[9] 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,[10] and won the GS title for the second time. With his slalom win in Zagreb[11] 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.[12] Hirscher became the first male alpine skier to win the overall World Cup title four times in a row.

It's incredible how many emotions you feel when crossing the finish line and seeing that you are No. 1.

Marcel Hirscher, 2012

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.

On 13 November in Levi, Finland, Hirscher won the first slalom of the 2017 season 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.[13]

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.[14] One day later Hirscher finished fourth in the slalom and with it secured his fourth World Cup slalom title.[15]

The start of the 2018 season was expected to be more difficult as Hirscher suffered a fracture to his left ankle during the first day of snow training on 17 August. Fortunately the first race of the season in Sölden was cancelled due to high winds, giving Hirscher a few more weeks to recover. He made a last minute decision to race the slalom in Levi on 12 November and achieved a 17th-place finish. The next technical race was the GS in Val d'Isère on 9 December and Hirscher came 3rd. He won the slalom the next day.

On 17 December 2017 he won the giant slalom race in Alta Badia, which was his fifth consecutive victory in that location, surpassing Ivica Kostelić, who won the Kitzbühel combined 4 times in a row.

On 4 January Hirscher achieved his 5th win of the season in the slalom in Zagreb and with it his 50th World Cup win, matching the total of legendary technical racer Alberto Tomba. Two days later Hirscher achieved his sixth win of the season by winning the GS in Adelboden and moved to 3rd overall in the men's World Cup winners rankings. The next day he won the slalom in Adelboden. On 23 January, with his 9th win of the season in the Schladming night slalom, Hirscher equalled his compatriot Austrian ski legend Hermann Maier's 54 World Cup victories. It was the 500th World Cup win for Austrian men. On 28 January Hirscher moved to second overall in the men's World Cup winners rankings by winning the GS in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

At the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Hirscher won gold in the men's combined event, his first competition of the games. The win was not expected, as he had done little downhill training as a result of the pre season ankle injury.[16]. 5 days later he went on to win gold in the GS by 1.27 seconds, the biggest winning margin in Olympic GS since the 1968 Winter Olympics.[17].[18].

Following the Olympics, the World Cup technical races resumed in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on 3 March with the GS. Hirscher secured the GS crystal globe for the 5th time by winning the race with a winning margin of 1.66 seconds. The following day, Hirscher also won the slalom with a winning margin of 1.22 seconds. As a result, he also won the slalom crystal globe for the 5th time, and the overall crystal globe for the seventh time in succession with 2 technical races remaining. His Olympic gold medals plus the additional crystal globes enabled him to reach the top of the standings in the greatest alpine skiers of all time men's super ranking. At the end of the slalom race, Hirscher said on Austrian television that he would go home "and consider where the journey will go. I don't know if I will be skiing World Cup next season".

At the World Cup finals in Åre, Hirscher won the GS race on 17 March and equaled the record of most wins in a single season: he shares the record of 13 wins with alpine skiing legends Ingemar Stenmark and Hermann Maier. Unfortunately, the following day the slalom race was cancelled due to high winds, denying Hirscher the opportunity to obtain the record outright. By the end of the 2018 season Hirscher has started 223 World Cup races, has won 58 of them (a ratio of 26%) and has achieved 123 podiums (a ratio of 55%).

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
2018 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 25  – 5
2018 28 1 1 1 33  –  –

Career Statistics

Race victories

Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Combined Parallel Total
Wins 27 28 1 0 2 58
Podiums 57 54 3 5 4 123
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
9 victories
(5 SL, 4 GS)
4 December 2011 United States Beaver Creek, USA Giant slalom
19 December 2011 Italy Alta Badia, Italy Slalom
5 January 2012 Croatia Zagreb Sljeme, 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
6 victories
(4 SL, 1 GS, 1 PS)
9 December 2012 France Val-d'Isère, France Giant slalom
18 December 2012 Italy Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Slalom
6 January 2013 Croatia Zagreb Sljeme, 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
5 victories
(3 SL, 2 GS)
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
8 victories
(3 SL, 5 GS)
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 Sljeme, Croatia Slalom
10 January 2015  Switzerland  Adelboden, Switzerland Giant slalom
1 March 2015 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Giant slalom
22 March 2015 France Méribel, France Slalom
2016
8 victories
(2 SL, 4 GS, 1 PS, 1 SG)
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 Valfurva, Italy Slalom
23 February 2016 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden Parallel slalom
5 March 2016 Slovenia Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant slalom
6 March 2016 Slalom
2017
6 victories
(2 SL, 4 GS)
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-Partenkirchen, Germany Giant slalom
4 March 2017 Slovenia Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant slalom
18 March 2017 United States Aspen, USA Giant slalom
2018
13 victories
(7 SL, 6 GS)
3 December 2017 United States Beaver Creek, USA Giant slalom
10 December 2017 France Val-d'Isère, France Slalom
17 December 2017 Italy Alta Badia, Italy Giant slalom
22 December 2017 Italy Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Slalom
4 January 2018 Croatia Zagreb Sljeme, Croatia Slalom
6 January 2018  Switzerland  Adelboden, Switzerland Giant slalom
7 January 2018 Slalom
14 January 2018  Switzerland  Wengen, Switzerland Slalom
23 January 2018 Austria Schladming, Austria Slalom
28 January 2018 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Giant slalom
3 March 2018 Slovenia Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant slalom
4 March 2018 Slalom
17 March 2018 Sweden Åre, Sweden Giant slalom

Podiums

Season Podiums
Super G Giant Slalom Slalom Parallel[1] 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
2018 6 1 7 1 1 16
Total 1 0 2 28 16 10 27 23 7 2 1 1 0 3 2 123
3 54 57 4 5

1 Including both parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom. Two parallel events have been classified in the sk-db.com results as classic events (the City Event slalom on 23/02/16 and the parallel GS on 18/12/17). They are shown here as parallel events.

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 rings without rims.svg Olympic results

Year
Age Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
2010 20 5 4
2014 24 2 4
2018 28 DNF1 1 1

See also

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. ^ "Abrahamson: Marcel Hirscher, the all-time best, finally gets his gold". nbcolympics.com. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Maese, Rick (18 February 2018). "The best skiers in the world agree: Marcel Hirscher is THE best skier in the world". Retrieved 21 February 2018 – via www.washingtonpost.com. 
  5. ^ uk.eurosport.yahoo.com – Hirscher wins Beaver Creek giant slalom – 4 December 2011
  6. ^ "Marcel Hirscher wins overall title". ESPN. Associated Press. 17 March 2012. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Skieur d'Or Award". Snow Kings. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Manuele Lang (14 March 2013). "Alpine skiing: Hirscher assured of overall World Cup". Reuters. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. 
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  11. ^ "Hirscher makes it a hat trick in Zagreb". Ski Racing.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hirscher skis for win, globe over Neureuther in Meribel". Ski Racing.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
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  14. ^ "Hirscher overwhelmed by record 6th overall World Cup title". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  15. ^ News, ABC. "ABC News". ABC News. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  16. ^ "Marcel Hirscher of Austria Grabs Elusive Gold Medal". New York Times. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  17. ^ "Giant Slalom: Marcel Hirscher Easily Wins 2nd Olympic Gold Medal". New York Times. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
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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 Olympics at Sports-Reference.com  – 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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