The new rapid gates sovereign doubles in Campiglio after the first seasonal win in Val d’Isere. Over 15,000 spectators on the Canalone Miramonti
Take-all Norway’s team swept out the field even in Madonna di Campiglio, as 21-year-old Henrik Kristoffersen racked up his 5th career slalom win overall in Audi FIS Ski Men's World Cup. An amazing audience of around 15,000 people framed the 62nd edition of 3Tre night slalom attending an absolute one-man show: Kristoffersen finished in an aggregate 1 minute, 37.80 seconds, taking his second seasonal triumph after the one in Val d’Isere ten days earlier. The winner sounded all of his enthusiasm: “Thanks Italy! Madonna di Campiglio is a great location, and I feel honored to have won here, just like many champions did before.”
Finally returned as World Cup permanent fixture, the legendary Italian slalom lived up to expectations exciting ski fans even though Kristoffersen had his hands over the victory since the first run, as the rest of the field was more than a second off his timing. Anyway, a big twist of fate happened at the end of the second run, when a drone equipped by the International Production to show more spectacular aerial images crashed to the ground just a few metres behind Marcel Hirscher, whose performance was not affected: the Austrian ultimately clinched the second place, 1.25 behind the winner. Hirscher did not avoid questions on the facts: “There is little to say about the result – the World Cup leader said – Kristoffersen was perfect, and I know that I can’t make any mistake now if I want to see him off. On the other hand, I have plenty to say about the drone accident: I did not suffer any consequence, but I think what happened was shameful.”
Waiting for TV rights holder Infront – in charge of the International Production – to clarify the facts. 3Tre Committee’s President Lorenzo Conci stated: “It was a scary episode, and I don’t know the causes yet, but I am just relieved that nothing bad happened to the people around, nor the race unfolding was affected.”
Another Austrian, Marco Schwarz came third, rounding out the podium 1.59 behind, while last-year winner Felix Neureuther could not finish the second run. Italy came just short of a podium spot by 0.08, as Giuliano Razzoli performed another strong showing that fully deserved the final fourth place. Manfred Moelgg also showed glimpses of his best action, taking eight; Stefano Gross, instead, could not finish off what he had started with a good first run, ended in third place, as he closed his effort in 15th position.