KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia
Olympic champion Marco Odermatt finished second to Henrik Kristoffersen in a men’s World Cup giant slalom on Saturday to secure the season’s title in the discipline with two races to go.
Kristoffersen was fifth after the opening run but had an offensive effort to pick up his sixth career GS win, equaling Kjetil André Aamodt’s best mark for most GS wins by a Norwegian skier.
Odermatt improved from seventh after moto one to share second place with Kristoffersen’s teammate Lucas Braathen, 0.33 seconds off the lead.
Odermatt’s Swiss teammate Loic Meillard set the fastest time in the second moto and moved from 18th to fourth place.
The result gave Odermatt an insurmountable 207 point lead over Kristoffersen in the GS standings.
“It’s a big relief and it’s wonderful to have won the globe two races before the end,” said Odermatt, who had never won a title in a discipline before.
Last season, Odermatt finished second in the season standings in GS and super-G. In the current campaign, he has won four out of six giant slaloms so far.
His second-place finish also helped Odermatt edge closer to the overall title. He extended his lead to 269 points over his closest challenger, Norwegian speed specialist Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who was skipping the race weekend in Slovenia.
Kilde was also in contention for the downhill title and opted to prepare for the downhill race at the World Cup finals in France on Wednesday.
Defending overall champion Alexis Pinturault, who led the race after the opening round, dropped to 11th as his disappointing season continued. Pinturault is still chasing his first victory of the season after claiming three podiums so far.
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