Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

Hirscher triumphs in Moscow

updated 6:25 AM EST, Wed January 30, 2013
Marcel Hirscher celebrates his blazing victory in the Moscow parallel slalom.
Marcel Hirscher celebrates his blazing victory in the Moscow parallel slalom.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Marcel Hirscher wins Moscow parallel slalom in season's second city event
  • Austrian leads Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal by 214 points in World Cup standings
  • Germany's Lena Duerr triumphs in women's event

(CNN) -- Marcel Hirscher continued his red-hot streak with a stunning victory at the Moscow parallel slalom Tuesday.

The Austrian consolidated his lead at the top of the overall World Cup standings after overcoming Sweden's Andre Myhrer in the men's two-leg final.

Hirscher, who also won at Kitzbuhel on Sunday, is now 214 points ahead of Norwegian rival Aksel Lund Svindal in the overall standings, and has all but assured himself victory in the race for the slalom's crystal globe.

Hirscher turns it on for the Terminator

It was the second city event of the World Cup season, which is based in the mountain resorts of Europe and North America, and Hirscher made amends for being beaten by Felix Neureuther in Munich on New Year's Day.

"All in all I was ahead by less than half a second," Hirscher told reporters.

Svindal's skiing masterclass
Putting ski tech to the test
Resort gives disabled chance to ski

"It's very tough to win each race against so many great racers, but I was lucky today. The weather is cold and today there were almost perfect conditions for this competition.

"It was a good race for me but if some more spectators were to come to watch the race next year it would be really great for us."

The win was Hirscher's sixth of the season and 18th of his career, a feat which is certain to give him a huge lift going into the World Championships at Schladming, Austria, which start on February 4.

"It's a totally different event than what we normally ski," Hirscher said of the Moscow race, for which big ramps are constructed.

"If I had to compare it with my victory in Kitzbuhel, it might be less difficult to win in an event where there are 16 opposed to over 60 skiers, plus there was so much pressure on me for that victory which I was missing from Kitzbuhel.

"But, here you only have one chance to give 100%, things are so tight that unless you step up your game from heat to heat -- you are out!"

Svindal sets the Alpine speed standard

Meanwhile, Germany's Lena Duerr won the women's slalom after edging past Slovakia's Veronika Velez-Zuzulova.

"I tried to keep myself focused during my every single race tonight and it paid off as I managed to win the event," Duerr told reporters.

"I'm really happy with my performance here."

Slovenia's Tina Maze, who leads the World Cups standings, suffered a surprise defeat in the quarterfinal by Switzerland's Wendy Holdener.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 6:37 AM EST, Mon December 15, 2014
Olympic medalist Henrik Kristoffersen takes snowmobile ride on a frozen lake in Sweden.
updated 9:18 AM EDT, Mon March 31, 2014
American skier Lindsey Vonn poses with a crystal globe after claiming the title of overall World Cup winner at the Alpine ski World Cup finals in March 2012.
Football has its 18-carat-gold World Cup trophy, and ice hockey the silver and nickel Stanley Cup, but skiing's globes are something else...
updated 2:22 PM EDT, Mon March 24, 2014
Austrian skiers Anna Fenninger and Marcel Hirscher reflect on their World Cup triumphs.
updated 5:45 AM EDT, Fri October 24, 2014
Christina Macfarlane explores how skiing's coveted Crystal Globe is made.
updated 9:04 AM EST, Thu February 20, 2014
The ghostly lights wind up from the base of the mountain. Heart rates are also rising. This race is held on a notorious downhill ski course -- but in reverse.
updated 1:46 PM EST, Wed January 29, 2014
CNN's Christina Macfarlane looks back at the history of Austria's Kitzbuhel ski race.
updated 1:49 PM EST, Wed January 29, 2014
CNN's Christina Macfarlane explores a new technology that customizes the entire boot to your foot.
updated 12:15 AM EST, Tue February 4, 2014
If you're scared of heights, then this is not for you -- a glass cube perched at the top of a 12,600-foot peak in the French Alps.
updated 6:27 AM EST, Mon December 16, 2013
CNN's Christina Macfarlane goes on patrol with a a seasoned ski rescue team in the French Alps.
updated 6:25 AM EST, Mon December 16, 2013
CNN's Christina Macfarlane meets Giant Slalom world champion Tessa Worley in Lyon, France.
updated 10:56 AM EST, Fri December 13, 2013
From GoPro cameras to avalanche airbags. CNN's Christina MacFarlane puts the latest skiing gadgets to the test.
updated 11:59 AM EST, Mon December 2, 2013
CNN's Christina MacFarlane talks to teenage skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin.
updated 11:59 AM EST, Mon December 2, 2013
CNN's Christina Macfarlane finds out how designers and engineers made Beaver Creek race course from scratch.
ADVERTISEMENT