The Schladming night slalom is a unique experience. More than 45,000 fans constantly cheering the best slalom specialists in the world, pushing them along the slope of Planai. This year, Marcel Hirscher got his third victory in the World Cup in Schladming, with more than a second of advantage over his contenders Alexis Pinturault and Daniel Yule.
Young skiers were challenging him lately. Starting with Henrik Kristoffersen, his longtime rival, but also within his own team Marco Schwarz or Clement Noel, the French prodigy. But today in Schladming, Marcel Hirscher made a statement, making the best time in both rounds and leading the second in -1.21 seconds. For the Austrian superstar, today's is his 68th victory in the World Cup and his podium 135.
On the other hand, the French Alexis Pinturault is demonstrating his best level of slalom of all time. With his second place today, he adds his third slalom podium this season, and the sixth in his career. Time management is critical when you want to call yourself a complete skier and this summer, Pinturault chose to train more in slalom and less in the disciplines of speed. It was definitely worth it, as he is now in second place in the overall standings with the best slalom position of his career.
The third place went to Daniel Yule of Switzerland. Mr. Constant suffered in the slalom in Kitzbühel, finishing "solo" in 18th place, but he reacted quickly and in Schladming he returned to the podium, the third in the World Cup in his career. His performances this season allow him to be placed in the 3rd place of the classification of the discipline, only two points behind the two-time winner Clement Noel.
For his part, the Spanish skier Juan del Campo managed to qualify for the second race and ended up occupying the position 24. With his classification Juan del Campo has broken the hex of 33 years without a Spaniard in second rounds of the World Cup.