Manuel Feller wins season-ending World Cup slalom race
LENZERHEIDE – Rising from sixth place after the first run in a World Cup slalom, Manuel Feller won the season-ending race on Sunday. First-run leader Marco Schwarz, who already took the season-long slalom title, lost speed in a difficult section of gates and dropped to sixth place. Alexis Pinturault placed third, 0.11 behind Feller, to end his season in style one day after winning a giant slalom to secure his first overall World Cup title. Pinturault was the first Frenchman to win the overall title for 24 years and an emotional weekend for the team saw Jean-Baptiste Grange race for the last time in the World Cup. The 36-year-old Grange retires with slalom gold medals from the 2011 and 2015 world championships.
The Latest: Schwarz wins combined for Austria's 3rd gold
Austria's Marco Schwarz competes in the slalom portion of the men's combined race, at the alpine ski World Championships, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. All rights reservedCORTINA D'AMPEZZO – CORTINA D'The Latest from the skiing world championships (all times local):___3:50 p.m.Marco Schwarz won the men’s combined to give Austria its third gold medal at the skiing world championships. He was four-tenths off the lead in fifth after the super-G portion before posting the fastest time in the slalom leg. Brignone beat Elena Curtoni by 0.01 as Italy went 1-2 in the super-G portion with Shiffrin looming in third. Two-time combined world champion Wendy Holdener of Switzerland finished 0.97 behind.
Pinturault beats unheralded McGrath to win GS in Alta Badia
ALTA BADIA – Alexis Pinturault held off a challenge from unheralded Norwegian skier Atle Lie McGrath to win the classic men’s World Cup giant slalom on the Gran Risa course Sunday. He is the son of Felix McGrath, a World Cup skier for the US ski team in the 1980s and 90s. Pinturault gathered 15 of his 31 career World Cup wins in GS, but Sunday's result marked his first podium in the discipline this season. Among active skiers, only American Ted Ligety has more GS wins with 24. The men's World Cup remains in Italy for slaloms in Alta Badia on Monday and Madonna di Campiglio on Tuesday.
Kilde takes World Cup lead with 2nd in downhill won by Mayer
Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde celebrates after finishing second in a alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Kvitfjell, Norway, Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)KVITFJELL – Aleksander Aamodt Kilde seized the lead in the overall World Cup standings by finishing second in Saturday's downhill won by Matthias Mayer. Pinturault could score points in all three, while Kilde has never raced a traditional World Cup slalom. The Swiss racer’s title in the season-long downhill standings was confirmed by the cancellation of a scheduled final race at Cortina. The two-time Olympic gold medalist now has nine career World Cup wins including four in this most consistent season of his career, at the age of 29.