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The Alpine Ski World Cup men's slalom season was opened at Levi on Sunday. After the first run last year’s winner Marcel Hirscher, who named his reindeer Ferdinand, was leading the race 0.06 seconds ahead Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen.
On the second run Kristoffersen was faster and Marcel Hirscher took the second place.
“It seems that Levi is one of the best races for me. Last year I took my first podium place and today I won. There were lots of fans here and it was awesome. Levi is near my home and I have trained here a lot. The slope was in excellent condition and I felt there was no difference if I was skiing first (first run) or 29th (second run)”, Kristoffersen said after the race.
He named his prize reindeer “Lars” after his father.
“I did not have a name in advance, but I remembered that Marcel had named his reindeer after his father. I want to continue this tradition and I will name my reindeer Lars”.
Marcel Hirscher was happy with his second place. “I saw already last year that Henrik is in a good condition. The second run today was difficult for me. I must say I’m lucky to be so close to him (on time). It is great to see a skier with so good technique”, Austrian commented.
Felix Neureuther from Germany took the third place. “I am really satisfied. I have had serious back problems, so I did not expect to be this good”, he said.
The best Finn today was Joonas Räsänen (44th), 2.50 seconds behind the winner. Juho Dahl was 50th and Jens Henttinen 65th. Santeri Paloniemi, Max Luukko and Arttu Niemelä were disqualified in the first run.
Kuvaaja: Teemu Moisio
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