Myhrer wins men’s World Cup slalom race
ZAGREB, Croatia – Andre Myhrer of Sweden won a World Cup night slalom race on Thursday for his second career title, four years after capturing his first.
The Olympic bronze medalist, who was fourth after the opening run, finished on the icy Crveni Spust course in a combined time of 1 minute, 52.74 seconds. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was 0.10 seconds behind to finish second in his home race for the third time in four years.
Myhrer’s teammate Mattias Hargin had the fastest second-run time to jump from 30th to third, 0.36 behind the winner. Olympic champion Giuliano Razzoli, who was fastest in the first run, finished 0.40 seconds back in fourth place.
“I knew the other guys were fast so I had to charge all the way down,” Myhrer said.
The 27-year-old Swede, who also won a slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., in December 2006, went to the top of the discipline standings with 189 points, 36 clear of Kostelic.
Michael Walchhofer of Austria, who skips the technical races, remained in the lead of the overall standings with 409 points. Switzerland’s Silvan Zurbriggen has 396 and Ted Ligety of the United States has 376.
“I was lacking speed recently,” Myhrer said, expressing surprise at winning his second career race in Croatia. “I tried to focus on my skiing more than on the result.”
Ligety, who is dominating the giant slaloms this season, finished sixth for his best slalom result since placing fourth in Schladming, Austria, in 2008.
“My slalom is getting better. It’s taking me some time to adjust the equipment,” said Ligety, who switched ski brands in the offseason. “I wasn’t that fast last year but this year I feel I can get fast. It’s just a matter of getting everything lined up right.”