Marcel Hirscher Wins Men's Giant Slalom in Bulgaria's BanskoSports | February 18, 2012, Saturday // 15:14| views
Austrian Marcel Hirscher celebrates his victory in the Giant Slalom of the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Bansko, Bulgaria 18 February 2012. Photo by BGNES
Austrian Marcel Hirscher has scored a victory in the men's giant slalom race of the Alpine Skiing World Cup in the top Bulgarian winter resort of Bansko.
On Saturday, Hirscher triumphed on the Banderishka Polyana piste with a total time of 2:25:35 (two minutes 25 seconds).
Italian Massimilliano Blardone came in second, and Austrian Marcel Mathis got the third place on the podium in Bansko.
US skier Ted Ligety, who was the leader after the first run of the men's giant slalom at the Alpine Skiing Cup in Bansko, failed to complete the race.
After his win in Bansko, Hirscher now has 925 points for the World Cup, and is 118 behind the leader Ivica Kostelic; Swiss Beat Feuz, who, like Kostelic, skipped the Bansko race, is 48 points behind the leader. Hirscher is already in the leader for the giant slalom cup with 465 points.
The two Bulgarian skiers Nikola Chongarov and Georgi Georgiev failed to make it to second run in Bansko on Saturday.
US legend Bode Miller completed the race but a loss of balance before the finish line sent him 16 seconds behind the leader, thus giving him the second place.