Olympic skiing champion Marcel Hirscher retires
VIENNA (AP) — Marcel Hirscher's biggest wish was to leave Alpine skiing as a winner.
On Wednesday, the two-time Olympic champion from Austria did just that.
Olympic champion Marcel Hirscher to reveal future live on TV
VIENNA (AP) — For once, ski racing fans in Austria have to switch on their TVs in prime time to see Marcel Hirscher live.
On Wednesday, however, they won't see their hero trying to win yet...
A father now, Hirscher feeling less pressure on the slopes
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — There's been a mountain of pressure on Austrian standout Marcel Hirscher for as long as he can remember: To capture that elusive Olympic gold medal. To keep his overall World Cup title streak going . To remain so dominant.
Heading into this season, the weight doesn't seem so heavy anymore.
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Overall champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher dominated the penultimate World Cup races of the season on Saturday.
Both racers had already locked up their overall and discipline titles in recent weeks before adding convincing wins at the World Cup finals.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher capped his stellar season by securing an unprecedented seventh overall World Cup title on Sunday.
Dominating the penultimate slalom of the season, the two-time Olympic champion from Austria stretched his lead over his only remaining rival, Henrik Kristoffersen, to 289 points. The Norwegian, a specialist in technical races, cannot overtake Hirscher because he will only compete in two more events this season.
Alpine team event debuts without some big names; Swiss win
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — They held a new Olympic skiing event on an Olympic course with Olympic medals at stake in front of a loud, rowdy Olympic crowd Saturday. The only thing missing, really? Some of the top Olympic talent.
Myhrer wins Olympic slalom at 35 as favorites ski out
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The shock wasn't only about who won the Olympic gold medal in the men's slalom, it was also about who failed to even finish the race.
Andre Myhrer, a 35-year-old Swede who took bronze in the event eight years ago in Vancouver, was the unlikely champion on Thursday. But it was Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen — the best slalom skiers on the World Cup circuit — that couldn't complete two runs to give themselves a chance at the title.
Marcel Hirscher plans to chase elusive Olympic slalom gold
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Now it is clear exactly how much it hurts Marcel Hirscher not to have an OIympic title in slalom.
After a stunning early exit in his best event, the 28-year-old Austrian star was ready to publicly rewrite his career plans.
"I need a gold medal in slalom," Hirscher told reporters Thursday, minutes after failing to get halfway down a first-run course set by his own coach.
The Latest: Contrasting games doubles for Hirscher, Fourcade
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Marcel Hirscher picked up his second Alpine gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Games, securing the giant slalom title by the largest margin of victory in the event at the Olympics in 50 years.
Martin Fourcade also collected his second gold of the games, but by the narrowest of margins. The French biathlete got the decision in a photo finish ahead of Simon Schempp in the 15-kilometer mass start.
Hirscher gets gold again, Braaten wins slopestyle
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Two events, two gold medals for Marcel Hirscher.
The 28-year-old Austrian has a good chance to leave the Pyeongchang Olympics with one more.
AP PHOTOS: Highlights of Day 9 at the Pyeongchang Olympics
PYEONCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Marcel Hirscher of Austria won his second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics by a huge margin in the giant slalom. Oystein Braaten, a 22-year-old from Norway, captured the gold medal in ski slopestyle, far outdistancing American Gus Kenworthy, who came in last. And Norway also triumphed in the men's 4x10-kilometer relay, winning its fifth cross-country skiing gold of the games.
Here are some highlights of Day 9 from Associated Press photographers.
Hirscher: 2nd gold by largest Olympic GS margin in 50 years
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Here's one way to explain just how dominant Marcel Hirscher was Sunday: His winning margin of 1.27 seconds was the largest in the men's giant slalom at an Olympics in 50 years.
Ted Ligety finishes 15th in Olympic GS title defense
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ted Ligety knew he hadn't turned in the best opening run in defense of his Olympic giant slalom title. What he couldn't tell as he was heading down the hill was just how poorly he'd done.
"I was really surprised when I saw the time," the 33-year-old American said Sunday after the first of his two GS runs at the Pyongyang Alpine Center effectively ended any hopes of another medal in a race he won at the 2014 Sochi Games.
World’s best male Alpine skier vies for 2nd Pyeongchang gold
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The world's best male Alpine skier, Marcel Hirscher, will compete for his second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Hirscher starts as the favorite in the giant slalom Sunday at Yongpyong Alpine Center. He's already got a gold medal from his first event, the Alpine combined.
The Latest: Luge win keeps Germany atop gold medal standings
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Chloe Kim's win in the women's halfpipe final was the early highlight before attention moved to Alpine skiing and Marcel Hirscher's victory in the men's combined. Tuesday finished with a rush of six gold medals.
Kim dominates for 1st Olympic gold, Hirscher breaks through
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a day for all ages at the Winter Olympics.
Olympic ski champ Hirscher no longer must hear The Question
JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Eventually, The Question began to bother Marcel Hirscher.
It wasn't so much the actual content, which was always some variation of: "Do you need an Olympic gold medal to validate your otherwise-perfect skiing career?" He was certain he knew the answer: "No." It was more the incessant echo of it, over and over.
AP PHOTOS: Highlights of Day 4 at the Winter Olympics
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a big day for snow sports at the Pyeongchang Olympics as American snowboarder Chloe Kim took gold with a near-perfect halfpipe run and Austrian Marcel Hirscher won the men's Alpine combined, the first career Olympic gold for one of skiing's greats. There were also some spills, as several skiers crashed out of the event.
Here are some highlights of Day 4 from Associated Press photographers.
Hirscher wins slalom for 50th career World Cup victory
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher won a slalom on Thursday to match Italian great Alberto Tomba's tally of 50 men's World Cup wins.
The six-time overall champion from Austria became only the fourth male skier to reach that mark, also joining Hermann Maier (54) and Ingemar Stenmark (86).
On the women's circuit, only Lindsey Vonn (78), Annemarie Moser-Proell (62) and Vreni Schneider (55) have passed the 50-win milestone.
Pinturault beats Luitz, Hirscher for 20th career WCup win
VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — French skier Alexis Pinturault delighted his home crowd by winning a men's World Cup giant slalom on Saturday, his 10th career victory in the discipline and 20th overall.
Ranked third after an opening run in difficult weather conditions, the Frenchman excelled when the skies had cleared three hours later, posting the fastest time in a flawless second run to beat Stefan Luitz by 0.28. The German, who is yet to win a race, earned his second podium within a week.
Hirscher storms back to win World Cup GS, Ligety takes 7th
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Lounging on the couch with his broken left ankle in a cast, Marcel Hirscher felt something he hadn't in a long time — no pressure.
Now that he's back on the slopes with his ankle mended and returning to his winning ways, that familiar tension has returned.
Mikaela Shiffrin voted skier of the year by journalists
SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Overall World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin has been voted skier of the year 2017, becoming the third American to receive the award.
The international association of ski journalists says Shiffrin will receive the Skieur d'Or-Serge Lang Trophy, named after the founder of Alpine skiing's World Cup in the 1960s, on Friday.
Myhrer upsets Hirscher to takes slalom race at Aspen
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Not to get all mushy, but that's exactly how Andre Myhrer of Sweden prefers his snow.
The slushier, the better and possibly why Myhrer seems to save his best race for the last event of the year.
Myhrer capped off a second straight season with a slalom win at the World Cup Finals, beating Marcel Hirscher of Austria once again, too.
Myhrer upsets Hirscher to takes slalom race at Aspen
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Andre Myhrer of Sweden won a slalom race at the World Cup Finals on Sunday when first-run leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria uncharacteristically lost speed near the finish.
Myhrer navigated the course in a combined time of 1 minute, 27.97 seconds, holding off Felix Neureuther of Germany by 0.14 seconds. Austria's Michael Matt was third and Hirscher fourth.
Marcel Hirscher rallies to giant slalom win in Aspen
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The other day, Marcel Hirscher sat on a terrace and enjoyed a cheeseburger in peace.
That rarely happens back home in ski-crazed Austria.
Hirscher certainly didn't go unnoticed Saturday as he rallied to a giant slalom victory at the World Cup Finals.
There was no pressure since the 28-year-old Hirscher had already clinched the season-long giant slalom title along with his sixth straight overall crown.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher amazed the world of Alpine skiing by locking up an unprecedented sixth straight overall World Cup title on Saturday.
Two days after his 28th birthday, the Austrian won a giant slalom to give him an insurmountable lead of more than 500 points over his main rivals: Kjetil Jansrud and Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway, and Alexis Pinturault of France.
"It's a brilliant feeling, incredible. The undoable has become doable," Hirscher said.
Marcel Hirscher regains slalom title at world championships
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Leaving no doubt over who was the standout skier at the world championships, Marcel Hirscher regained his slalom title on Sunday.
The Austrian star also took gold in St. Moritz in giant slalom and silver in combined — and that loss was by just 0.01 seconds.
Ending with his best event, Hirscher held his first-run lead to finish 0.68 faster than Austrian teammate Manuel Feller, who had been only seventh fastest in the morning.
Aerni turns tables on Hirscher to win combined at ski worlds
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — In a total turnaround, Luca Aerni won the combined event at the world ski championships on Monday after being 30th fastest in downhill.
The Swiss skier was first to use the slalom course and took advantage of the clean surface to finish 0.01 seconds ahead of defending champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
"I didn't expect this this morning," said Aerni, who has had five winless seasons of World Cup racing. "Of course, if I start 31 (in slalom) I have no chance."
Kristoffersen regains slalom dominance by winning night race
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Henrik Kristoffersen won a World Cup night slalom to regain his dominance in the discipline on Tuesday, two days after failing to finish the classic Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbuehel.
The World Cup slalom champion from Norway used a strong finish to his final run to beat five-time overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria by a mere 0.09 seconds.
Hirscher beats Britain’s Ryding to win World Cup slalom
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Only five-time overall champion Marcel Hirscher prevented Dave Ryding from becoming the first British skier to win a World Cup race on Sunday.
The Austrian used a stunning second run to win the slalom of the classic Hahnenkamm races, while Ryding matched the best World Cup result by a British skier, set by Konrad Bartelski, who finished runner-up in a downhill in Val Gardena, Italy, in December 1981.
Henrik Kristoffersen routs rivals to win World Cup slalom
ADELBODEN, Switzerland (AP) — Henrik Kristoffersen routed his rivals to win a foggy World Cup slalom by a massive 1.83-second margin on Sunday.
With his third win this season, the 22-year-old Norwegian drew level atop the slalom standings with great rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who was 2.19 back in third place.
"Today was an awesome day for sure," said Kristoffersen, the defending World Cup slalom champion. "It is possible to beat me but today I was skiing well."
Pinturault matches Killy’s French record with 18th WCup win
SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA, Italy (AP) — Already the best in a golden generation of French skiers, Alexis Pinturault has now matched French skiing royalty.
By winning an Alpine combined race on Thursday, Pinturault joined Jean-Claude Killy with a French record 18th World Cup victory.
Pinturault edged overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 0.34 seconds in the event, which combined the times from one super-G run and one slalom run.
Olympic champion Ligety slowed by shooting back pain
LA VILLA, Italy (AP) — His back ravaged by a shooting pain that stretches all the way down his leg, Olympic giant slalom champion Ted Ligety can hardly ski at all these days.
No wonder he lost control and slid out several gates into his opening run down the steep and dark Gran Risa course Sunday.
Pinturault wins GS again to increase pressure on Hirscher
VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — A hand injury could not stop Frenchman Alexis Pinturault conquering the icy Face de Bellevarde course on Saturday as he won another World Cup giant slalom race to ramp up the pressure on rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
Home favorite Faivre gets 1st win in World Cup giant slalom
VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Mathieu Faivre led a fierce French challenge on first-run leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria to win a giant slalom on Sunday for his first World Cup victory.
Faivre secured the fastest second run to beat Hirscher, the five-time defending World Cup overall winner and a Val d'Isere specialist, by 0.49 seconds.