Double overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher won the FIS World Cup slalom opener Sunday in Levi, Finland ahead of countryman Mario Matt. Henrik Kristoffersen, the 19 year old Norwegian came third, his first-ever top 10 spot.
The 24 year old Austrian skied consistently throughout the second run to clock an aggregate time of 1:45:42, 0.62 seconds faster than Mario Matt and 0.93 than Henrik Kristoffersen.
Felix Neureuther of Germany who was second after the first run fell in his second run but managed to finish in 27th place. Ted Ligety of the United States who won the Giant Slalom in Soelden, Austria last month finished at 11th place.
Other results: 4th place for Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, 5th place for Mattias Hargin of Sweden, 6th place for Patrick Thaler of Italy, 7th place for Jean-Baptiste Grange of France, 8th place for Benjamin Raich of Austria, 9th place for Sebastian-Foss Solevaag of Norway and 10th place for Steve Missillier of France.
Next men’s event will take place on November 27, 2013 at Lake Louise, Canada.