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Hirscher dominates to win Alta Badia GS 6th straight year

Austrian alpine ski racer Marcel Hirscher dominated to extend his record by winning the Alta Badia giant slalom for a sixth straight year Sunday and reclaimed the overall World Cup lead, AP reports.

Alta Badia, 16 December 2018 (MIA)Austrian alpine ski racer Marcel Hirscher dominated to extend his record by winning the Alta Badia giant slalom for a sixth straight year Sunday and reclaimed the overall World Cup lead, AP reports.

Adding to his first-run advantage, Hirscher finished a massive 2.53 seconds ahead of Thomas Fanara of France, who moved up from 14th after the opening leg.

Alexis Pinturault, another Frenchman, finished third, 2.69 behind.

With a big advantage over Fanara, Hirscher could have skied the second run conservatively but instead attacked all the way down and increased his advantage at nearly every interval, making only a slight error near the end.

“It sounds strange, but it did not feel so powerful,” Hirscher said. “I thought it would turn out OK but that it would be close.”

At the finish, Hirscher pumped his fists and let out two screams of joy.

Hirscher already became the first man to win five successive GS races at a single ski resort with his victory in Badia last year. The only other man to win six GS races at one resort is Ted Ligety, who accomplished it over seven years at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

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