Marcel Hirscher

Marcel Hirscher (born 2 March 1989) is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer.

Austria Alpine ski racer

Career

Hirscher made his World Cup debut in March 2007. He competes primarily in slalom and giant slalom, as well as combined and occasionally in super G. Winner of five consecutive World Cup titles, Hirscher has also won nine medals at the Alpine Skiing World Championships (six gold) and a silver medal in slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Hirscher placed fourth in the giant slalom and fifth in the slalom at Whistler Creekside. He placed fourth in the giant slalom at the 2009 World Championships, but broke his ankle the weekend preceding the 2011 World Championships, which ended his 2011 season.

Returning after injury, Hirscher had his best season to date in terms of wins in 2012 with 9 victories and a total of 14 podiums, all in the two technical events (except for one third place in the season’s last Super G). He won the World Cup overall and giant slalom titles, and placed third in the slalom.

In October 2012, Hirscher was awarded the Skieur d’Or Award by members of the International Association of Ski Journalists for his performances during the previous season.
Hirscher won the overall World Cup title again in 2013 with 6 victories; he also won the slalom title and was runner-up in giant slalom. Hirscher scored a total of 18 podium finishes out of 19 races in the two technical events. The only race in either slalom or giant slalom where he finished outside the top 3 was the giant slalom in Adelboden. In that particular race Hirscher was leading after the first run, built up his advantage to over a second in the second run, but nearly fell several gates before the final, thus missing the win and finished only 16th. He became the first male racer to retain the overall World Cup title since fellow Austrian Stephan Eberharter in 2002 and 2003 and the first to win it three years in a row since American Phil Mahre did so in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

In 2015 Hirscher dominated the giant slalom standings with 5 wins, including a winning margin of 3.28 seconds in Garmisch, and won the GS title for the second time. With his slalom win in Zagreb he became the most successful Austrian male World Cup slalom skier surpassing Benjamin Raich. In the final race of the season in Meribel he overturned a 55-point deficit in the standings by winning his 16th World Cup slalom, and with it won the slalom title for the third year in a row. Hirscher became the first male alpine skier to win the overall World Cup title four times in a row.

In 2016 Hirscher became the most successful Austrian male World Cup GS skier by winning in Beaver Creek, Colorado, surpassing Benjamin Raich and Hermann Maier. With his GS win in Alta Badia, Italy (his 3rd consecutive win at that venue), he became Austria’s most successful World Cup GS skier overtaking Annemarie Moser-Pröll. Another GS win in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia confirmed Hirscher as the GS title winner with one race to go. To wrap up an amazing season with 8 wins and 19 podiums Hirscher also won the men’s overall World Cup title, his 5th consecutive overall title, a feat never before achieved by a male skier. His points total also enabled Austria to narrowly beat France in the men’s nations cup by 201 points, the narrowest winning margin for many years. Hirscher was the only Austrian male skier to win a race in the entire season, and scored 30.9% (1795 out of 5804) of the Austrian men’s nations cup points.

In 2017 Hirscher won the first slalom of the season on November 13 in Levi, Finland and equalled Pirmin Zurbriggen’s win total of 40, putting him equal 5th in the standings. He also achieved his 93rd podium, surpassing Benjamin Raich’s total. On the 18th December he won the fourth giant slalom of the season in Alta Badia having finished second in the three preceding giant slalom races, equalling Alberto Tomba’s 4 wins at the venue, and with it became the 5th most successful male World Cup winner. On January 7 Hirscher achieved his 100th podium from 191 starts (a ratio of 52.3%) with a 2nd place finish in the giant slalom in Adelboden. On January 29 Hirscher won the GS in Garmisch, achieving his 20th GS and 43rd World Cup win, and with it attained Austria’s 100th GS win for men.

Personal bests

Podiums

Season Super G Giant Slalom Slalom Parallel slalom Combined Total
1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 Σ
2008 2 2
2009 1 1
2010 2 1 2 1 6
2011 1 1 2 4
2012 1 4 2 1 5 1 14
2013 1 5 1 4 4 1 1 1 18
2014 2 1 3 3 2 1 1 13
2015 5 1 1 3 2 1 1 14
2016 1 1 4 2 2 2 6 1 19
2017 2 4 2 4 1 1 14
Total 1 0 2 20 16 9 20 22 7 2 1 0 0 3 2 105
3 45 49 3 5

 

Palmares

Season Date Location Discipline
2010 13 Dec 2009  Val d’Isère, France Giant slalom
30 Jan 2010  Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant slalom
2011 12 Dec 2010  Val d’Isère, France Slalom
2012 4 Dec 2011  Beaver Creek, USA Giant slalom
19 Dec 2011  Alta Badia, Italy Slalom
5 Jan 2012  Zagreb, Croatia Slalom
7 Jan 2012 Giant slalom
8 Jan 2012   Adelboden, Switzerland Slalom
24 Jan 2012  Schladming, Austria Slalom
18 Feb 2012  Bansko, Bulgaria Giant slalom
19 Feb 2012 Slalom
17 March 2012  Schladming, Austria Giant slalom
2013 9 Dec 2012  Val d’Isère, France Giant slalom
18 Dec 2012  Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Slalom
6 Jan 2013  Zagreb, Croatia Slalom
13 Jan 2013 Slalom
  Adelboden, Switzerland
27 Jan 2013  Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom
29 Jan 2013  Moscow, Russia Parallel slalom
2014 17 Nov 2013  Levi, Finland Slalom
14 Dec 2013  Val d’Isère, France Giant slalom
22 Dec 2013  Alta Badia, Italy Giant slalom
12 Jan 2014 Slalom
  Adelboden, Switzerland
16 March 2014 Slalom
  Lenzerheide, Switzerland
2015 26 Oct 2014  Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
12 Dec 2014  Åre, Sweden Giant slalom
14 Dec 2014 Slalom
21 Dec 2014  Alta Badia, Italy Giant slalom
6 Jan 2015  Zagreb, Croatia Slalom
10 Jan 2015 Giant slalom
  Adelboden, Switzerland
1 March 2015  Garmisch, Germany Giant slalom
22 March 2015  Meribel, France Slalom
2016 5 Dec 2015  Beaver Creek, USA Super-G
6 Dec 2015 Giant slalom
12 Dec 2015  Val d’Isère, France Giant slalom
20 Dec 2015  Alta Badia, Italy Giant slalom
6 Jan 2016  Santa Caterina, Italy Slalom
23 Feb 2016  Stockholm, Sweden Parallel slalom
5 March 2016  Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Giant slalom
6 March 2016 Slalom
2017 13 Nov 2016  Levi, Finland Slalom
18 Dec 2016  Alta Badia, Italy Giant slalom
22 Jan 2017  Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom
29 Jan 2017  Garmisch, Germany Giant slalom

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National championships

International championships