Marco Odermatt dominates the giant slalom final and sets a new World Cup season points record
Marco Odermatt celebrated seven giant slalom World Cup victories this season at the FIS Ski World Cup Finals Andorra 2023 on Saturday (18 March).
The Swiss, who won the Super-G in Soldeu on Thursday, was in a class of his own here as he led the field by over a second in heat one.
Odermatt, who clinched back-to-back overall Alpine Skiing World Cup titles in Kranjska Gora last weekend, needed to finish in the top three to break Hermann Maier’s 23-year-old season record of 2,000 points.
And despite ruts and bumps developing in the soft snow, the reigning world and Olympic giant slalom did it with ease and took the win by a whopping 2.11 seconds.
Henrik Kristoffersen delivered a characteristic second run to take second place after being eighth at halftime.
Marco Schwarz finished third after a strong second run, but narrowly missed out on third place in Zan Kranjec’s giant slalom classification.
French veteran Alexis Pinturault was second after heat one and struggled in the bottom portion of heat two, finishing eighth.
Alexander Steen Olsen looked on course for the podium, but the Norwegian slipped late in heat two after finishing third at half-time.