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Marcel Hirscher

Racer | Alpine Skier | Fast Driver
Published : 11.03.2019

Marcel Hirscher blog: ‘To never stop’ was motto of Kranjska Gora

Hey guys,

It is only this morning that I begin to realise what we have done this season and looking back on eight seasons in a row now. That makes me very happy and satisfied. It was going pretty well already. Of course, this is only possible because I have my team, and so it is time to say thank you once more: to my family, my team, my partners, the ÖSV and many people who helped me on my way.

I’ve seen all the crystal globe photos from over the years in the newspaper today. That really made me laugh. The Marcel of 2012 has changed and does not exist anymore. In all these years I have learned so much and have been through a very positive development. Above all, I want to thank you. To all my companions, mentors and sponsors, who have given me positive impulses and honest feedback to never stop learning. That is probably the most important thing in life.

‘To never stop’ was also the motto of the weekend in Kranjska Gora. After I was able to secure the eighth big crystal globe through my sixth place in the GS on Saturday, the task was to still keep the focus for the subsequent slalom – anything but easy! Right now, my energy levels have very much slumped, because my goal is reached. Accordingly, it was not easy to get my motivation up again for Sunday. And yet it worked: After my poor first run, I was very happy finishing third in the end.

As great as the uncertainty may have been before this season, as great is the satisfaction with the results and the course of the season now: we have started extremely well, as successful as in no other season before. Before Christmas, we had problems with the setup adjustment. There were special circumstances that we did not manage so well. After getting these problems under control in early January, things went very well again. All in all, a terrific season that hasn’t even finished yet!

And still, despite all the euphoria, I am aware of what is often difficult to understand for outsiders: the energy and strength I put in every season, and the many hardships that are necessary to achieve what we have achieved in this and also in the last seven seasons, are enormous. I can really feel all of that the end of each season.

Having just being crowned the GS, slalom and overall World Cup winner of this season, one question remains: With what goals will I go into the season’s finale in Soldeu? The answer: With great tiredness and another question on my mind: How can I manage to mobilise all my reserves once again and perform four times in Andorra? We shall see…

See you soon,

Yours, Marcel

Published : 04.03.2019

Marcel Hirscher blog: Never won the Slalom and GS globes so early

Hey guys,

There was no time to breathe since my last blog! The first stop in Åre was the city event in Stockholm and, as most of you guys know, city events are not my favourite discipline yet I have to say that I am extremely satisfied with my performance in Stockholm. My run times were very good and the fact that the flags of the gates were lower than usual made things more balanced.

Unfortunately, my opponent in the second run was Ramon Zenhäusern, who is known and has often proved to be among the best in this discipline. Accordingly, that put the whammy on me. Nevertheless that shows, once again, that to feel satisfied it is not always about the rankings but also about the certainty that you get the maximum out and thereby deliver a good performance. Apart from that, I was already able to secure the slalom crystal globe through my solid performance at the city event 😉

Next stop was Bansko and let’s be honest: Bulgaria and skiing, who has that on the screen? Do they even have mountains? The Carpathians? Heard of it, yes, but where are they anyway and are there ski resorts there? Questions that you as an Austrian skier on the flight to Sofia ask yourself – and the surprise was great!

Bansko is a fantastic ski resort that is over 2,500 metres high. Modern lifts and perfectly groomed slopes. This shows us once again that skiing is much more widespread than we think. Also the races were perfectly organised and the whole environment like the finish area, the team hospitality, the slope preparation – all this was impeccable, even better than some negative examples back home in the Alps!

The goal in Bansko was, to collect as many points as possible, regardless of the local conditions, so therefore I had planned to do the alpine combined – always an extreme challenge! Especially since I could not really prepare myself this time because the focus in training is, of course, on my core disciplines. My last super-G was the final in Åre. We only had a single day of training before the race in Bansko. Considering these circumstances, and also the extremely difficult conditions on the day, finishing 1.83 seconds behind is satisfying.

Of course, I did wish for some others between the best time and mine, to get an even better start number in slalom, but in the end I got 18 and thus the bib number 13 in the slalom. Fortunately, the track was good enough so that I could get a good run and a lot out of it. The win was out of reach anyway, as Alexis (Pinturault) once again showed his class as an all-rounder with a fifth place in the super-G. He is just a brilliant skier. For me, a second place and 80 points on this day were top and another big step in the direction towards my eighth overall World Cup title, and that’s what it’s about right now – maybe even a bit too much, as you should be shown the day after next.

The super-G in Bansko got cancelled and all that was left was the giant slalom, which was characterised by very special conditions. The snowfall and the extremely cold temperatures had changed the slope so that the slope offered little ‘counter-pressure’. You had to feel the slope and that turned out to be a challenge for everyone. I was able to take the lead with a solid first run.

Unfortunately I didn’t feel as loose and relaxed in the second run. In order to gain points my aim was, of course, not to drop out but this played on my mind all the time and built up pressure. I made a few small mistakes hence my second run was only mediocre. In the end, I was still happy. Finishing second in the GS, I secured the GS globe and massively improved my starting position for the overall World Cup – what more could I ask for? Especially considering that in all these years I’ve never managed to secure the slalom and the GS crystal so early on in the season!

Unfortunately, we also got some bad news during our weekend in Bulgaria – the knee injury of Marco Schwarz is extremely bad! The past weeks were very intense but also extremely successful for him. Three World Championship medals, a third place in Stockholm and, of course, on Friday he wanted to secure the globe in the combination. The conditions were very good and I was convinced that he would succeed.

His toughest opponent was Alexis and it’s clear that you have to risk everything to win against him. In the end, the goal jump was his fate. However, thanks to an immediate surgery of the cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, Marco’s recovery has already begun, and I am confident that he will be back in the autumn. I am sure that he can become the next Austrian overall World Cup winner!

After these draining last few weeks, it is now time for a break and recovery. I am still not 100%. Like last year, I will again skip Kvitfjell. Instead of yet another race, we will start with a special GS and slalom training at the end of this week so that I will be able to exploit my full potential again in Kranjska Gora in 12 days and also in the following season finale. Until then, I wish you a few sunny days of skiing and all the best!

See you in Slovenia.

Yours, Marcel

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