ARE, Sweden — Olympic champion Marcel Hirscher led the last World Cup giant slalom of the season after the opening run on Saturday.
The Austrian nearly skied out after catching a bump halfway down his run but still finished 0.50 seconds ahead of Victor Muffat-Jeandet of France. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was 0.59 behind in third, with Zan Kranjec of Slovenia a further 0.08 back in fourth.
Hirscher, who won eight of the last nine GS races, has already locked up the season title in the discipline and his seventh straight overall championship two weeks ago.
Hirscher could become only the third skier to win 13 races in a single season, after Ingemar Stenmark achieved the feat in 1978-79 and Hermann Maier in 2000-01.
The last women’s slalom of the season was scheduled later Saturday.
The Associated Press
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