Norway's Kristofferson wins men's World Cup slalom

Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

SCHLADMING, Austria, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Norwegian teenager Henrik Kristofferson burnished his breakout season Tuesday with a win at the World Cup men's slalom in Schladming, Austria.

The 19-year-old rising star notched his first World Cup victory and fourth podium of the season in just his 23rd career race on the circuit.

In the process, he bested established stars Marcel Hirscher of Austria and Germany's Felix Neureuther, who placed second and third, respectively.

"Last year my best finish was an 11th place, it was my first season in World Cup," said Kristofferson, who moved into eighth place in both the men's slalom and overall standings.

Kristofferson finished the night race in 1 minute, 47.43 seconds. Hirscher was clocked at 1:47.61, 1/100th of a second ahead of Neureuther.

The top American finisher was David Chodounsky, who placed 22nd with a 1:51.04.

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