A challenging Super-G, a tough Slalom course - the Hahnenkamm Combined took the athletes to their absolute limits once again. At the end, and for the third time in succession - after 2014 and 2015- Alexis Pinturault, celebrated a decisive victory and completed the perfect hat-trick. It was an unadulterated "French evening" on the brightly lit Ganslernhang slope, because both other Podium positions were taken by the Team dressed in red, white and blue. After a strong Slalom performance, Victor Muffat-Jeandet, was able to power his way forward from his previous 19th Position and Thomas Mermillod-Blondin pulled up the rear in third place, a mere three hundredths of a second behind.
Swiss athlete Carlo Janka and Slovakian Adam Zampa also delivered strong performances in the second run, only missing out on Podium positions by a whisker - the biggest disappointment was suffered by Marcel Hirscher. The Salzburg athlete powered to the front of the pack but ultimately straddled one of the gates at a transition. "I will treat this as a trial run", were Hirscher's gutsy words during the post-race interview and is already planning his attack for the Slalom on Sunday. Austria's best result was Romed Baumann, who finished in 6th place. The performance of Austrian youngster, Niklas Koeck, also deserves a mention as he picked up his first World Cup points with his 22nd ranking.
The day is not quite over for the athletes: the awards ceremony in the Streif finish area is still to come, with the bib number draw for tomorrow's Downhill (from 18:30 hrs).
Official Results List