Marcel Hirscher just became the first skier to win 7 Overall titles
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The Austrian slalom specialist was in a league of his own on the slopes of Kranjska Gora in Slovenia as he sealed an unprecedented seventh FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Overall title. Here’s how he did it.
Marcel Hirscher has continued his skiing dominance by winning three titles in the space of two days in Slovenia. The Austrian skier put in an awesome display on the slopes of Kranjska Gora to score his 17th FIS Alpine World Cup Crystal Globe and become the first skier in World Cup history to win seven Overall titles.
After winning the Giant Slalom race on Saturday, Hirscher cruised to another 100 World Cup points on Sunday by winning the Slalom with a lead of 1.22 seconds over closest rival Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway. The result put Hirscher 289 points ahead of Kristoffersen in the rankings to seal his record-breaking seventh Overall title. Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland finished third.
Hirscher now has seven Overall titles, five Giant Slalom and five Slalom titles to his name. The achievement means he’s gone one better than his compatriot Annemarie Moser-Pröll, who won six titles between 1969 and 1980.
The now-legendary skier has achieved all of this with one World Cup stop to spare and just two days after his 29th birthday. Now all eyes will be on next weekend’s action in Kvitfjell, Norway, to see if Hirscher can wrap up an 18th Crystal Globe to bring him just one win away from equalling Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 19 victories.