Hirscher Says He Can Win World Ski Cup after Bansko GoldSports | February 18, 2012, Saturday // 15:40| views
Austrian Marcel Hirscher celebrates his victory in the men`s giant slalom of the Alpine Skiing Cup in Bansko, Bulgaria 18 February 2012. EPA/BGNES
Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher believes he has a chance of winning the World Ski Cup after grabbing the gold medal at Saturday's giant slalom in Bulgaria's Bansko.
"I have reasons to believe I can win the big World Cup," Hirscher declared after his win in the top Bulgarian winter resort.
Hirscher, who is now 118 points behind the leader Ivica Kostelic, did race, however, in the absence of Kostelic. Swiss Beat Feuz, who is 48 points behind Kostelic, also skipped the Bansko giant slalom.
Italian Massimilliano Blardone came in second in Bansko on Saturday, and Austrian Marcel Mathis got the third place on the podium in Bansko.
"I think that this was one of my best giant slalom runs. I have reasons to believe I can win the big World Cup but right now I am thinking of each start by itself," said Hirscher, as cited by BGNES.