Žan Kranjec, despite his poor performance at the final in Soldeu (11th place), won bronze in the World Cup giant slalom standings. Marco Odermatt once again swept away the competition, winning by more than two seconds after two outstanding performances.
Odermatt set a new scoring record in (men’s) World Cup history, surpassing Hermann Maier’s 2,000 points more than two decades ago.
In the last giant slalom of the season, Henrik Kristoffersen rose to second place (from sixth after the first run), while Marco Schwarz came third, who was the biggest threat to Kranjč’s third place in the giant slalom standings. In the end, the Austrian fell short by 15 points. If he was second today, he would overtake Kranjec.
The best Slovenian giant slalomer made a lot of mistakes on the first course (on the fast set-up of the Swiss coach), he could not catch the right rhythm. The 12th time was less than desired. He didn’t shine in the finals, but in the end, he won in the fight for the overall third place. If Odermatt had made any major mistakes, Schwarz would have gained 20 points more in 2nd place and won the bronze.
“It was very tense at the finish line. I knew that Odermatt, if everything was normal, should take the lead. I was hoping that he wouldn’t make a mistake today and retire. I was on edge, I didn’t want to lose 3 in the last race . cities. It means a lot to me, it’s a great success,” Kranjec told TV Slovenija and also assessed his performance today:
“I didn’t compete at my best, but I’m glad it turned out the way it did. In the last training sessions in Soldeu, I was not right. The first run didn’t go well for me today, and the second performance was mostly not the best either.”
The last Slovene with a medal in the overall total of an individual discipline (among men) was 23 years ago Matjaž Vrhovnik, who was third in the slalom total.
The events of the morning indicated that Alexis Pinturault, who had the second time, would be more dangerous for Kranjec than Schwarz, but the Frenchman fell to eighth place in the final.