Within the space of two years, the half-Austrian, half-Dutch alpine pro Marcel Hirscher had a meteoric rise to fame. In this short space of time, he went from being relatively unknown on the professional scene to well and truly establishing himself as the slalom king!
Between 2007 and 2009, Hirscher enjoyed much success in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G events at the Junior World Ski Championships, claiming a number of podiums, including three gold medals, two silver and a bronze across all three disciplines.
As he approached his late teens, Hirscher naturally began setting his sights on the Men's events. The transition was tough and he suffered some heavy defeats at the hands of his older, more experienced rivals. However, all that changed in 2012. Something just clicked and he went from taking 15th place overall in the FIS World Cup in 2011, to winning the championship in 2012.
Hirscher won the overall title again in 2013 with six victories, including taking the Slalom title and runner-up spot in Giant Slalom. He scored a total of 18 podium finishes out of 19 races in the two technical events. This successive victory meant he became the first male skier to defend his overall World Cup title since fellow Austrian Stephan Eberharter in 2002 and 2003.
Hirscher then went on to take the overall FIS Alpine Ski World Cup again in 2014, and successfully defended his title in 2015 – making it an unprecedented and record-breaking fourth consecutive World Championship overall win – topping his season off with first place rankings in the Slalom and Giant Slalom disciplines too.
For Marcel Hirscher, life just gets better and better and there seems to be no stopping this young Austrian.Read more