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Half Dutchman, Hirscher grabs first world CHAMPIONSHIP gold in the giant slalom

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Half Dutchman, Hirscher grabs first world CHAMPIONSHIP gold in the giant slalom

Marcel Hirscher is Friday at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS of skiing in the Swiss Sankt Moritz for the first time in his career and became world champion in the giant slalom.

The 27-year-old Austrian, who has a Dutch mother, was after two runs of 0.25 second faster than his fellow countryman, Roland Leitinger.

The bronze was for the Norwegian Leif Kristian Haugen, who five hundredths faster than his compatriot Henrik Kristoffersen.

Hirscher was individually already world champion in the combined and the slalom, but never on the giant slalom.

Hirscher gold as the top favourite for gold at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS. He is going in the wereldbekerstand in the lead with a lead of 94 points on the Frenchman Alexis Pinturault. The Austrian won the reuzenslaloms in Garmisch-enkirchen and Alta Badia, and was four times second.

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Willis Feasey of New Zealand goes down during the first run of the giant slalom in St. Moritz.
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Marcel Hirscher grabbed the gold.
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Hirscher, an Austrian with a Dutch mother was already the fastest in the first run.
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The Italian Riccardo Tonetti after his first descent in the giant slalom.
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Tim Jitloff from America took place finish during the first run in the giant slalom.
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The German Stefan Luitz in action on the giant slalom in St. Moritz.
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Ligety

Reigning olympic and world champion Ted Ligety was not there in Sankt Moritz. The American, who at the last three world CHAMPIONSHIPS, the gold took on the giant slalom, underwent mid-January surgery on his left leg and had his season prematurely. He suffered with severe nerve pain.

The Dutchman Maarten Meiners said after the first run on the 25th place, but he fell off in the second descent. Steffan Winkelhorst ended after two runs as 41st on 9,20 second of Hirscher.

The second run was half an hour delayed, since a crossing showvliegtuig a cable hit a camera of a meter, or fifty, on the piste and fell.

Camera falls on piste by showvliegtuig in world cup skiing

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