Germany's Felix Neureuther wins men's slalom at Bormio

Jan. 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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BORMIO, Italy, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Felix Neureuther of Germany skied a flawless second run Monday to win the men's World Cup slalom at Bormio, Italy.

Neureuther began the second trip down the course just 1/100th of a second ahead of Marcel Hirscher, but finished with a combined-run time of 1 minute, 59.75 seconds and a comfortable margin over the Austrian veteran.

"I knew I really needed to attack in the second run," said Neureuther, who won his first World Cup race of the season. "I have been in situations before where Marcel and I would be very close after the first run and then he would just put the hammer down. Now it was my turn to do the same."

Hirscher was clocked at 2:00.11 and placed second ahead of Italian Manfred Moellg.

Naoki Yuasa jumped from 26th place after the first run into fourth. Jason Chodounsky was the top U.S. finisher with a 15th-place time of 2:01.81.

Chodounsky said the race required a flawless performance due to the combination of a relatively flat surface and soft snow, which made it tough to make up time after a mistake. "The snow kind of threw me off guard here," he said. "It's pretty warm so it was really grippy. It was tough to control the skis."

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