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  • Writer's pictureRaúl Revuelta

First World Cup Win for Timon Haugan in Saalbach

Timon Haugan won the last Slalom race of the season, achieving his first World Cup victory. He confirms in Saalbach he is one of the most consistent Slalom skiers in the World Cup this season. Except for Kitzbühel (DNF2) Timon Haugan has finished inside the Top-10 in all Slalom World Cup races this season. Thanks to today's victory Haugan also moved up to third place in the Slalom standings behind Feller and Strasser.

Slalom title winner Manuel Feller finished in second place, 0.40 seconds behind Haugan. Linus Strasser rounded up the podium in third place 0.44 seconds off the pace.

"I felt a little bit extra pressure maybe because this year I've had the best results in slalom on the team. I had a goal this season to be around the top five, top seven in Slalom but to finish in the top three is much more than I expected," Haugan said.

Linus Strasser achieved today in Saalbach his fifth podium in the last six Slalom races to complete an impressive season.

"Ending up third in the last race is definitely a good season-ending, and ending up in the second place in the Slalom standings was also very nice," Strasser said.

Manuel Feller
Manuel Feller. Slalom Crystal Globe Winner. Picture: Ski Paradise

Feller's second place capped off a dominant season for the Austrian. He was Mr. Consistency. Feller finished inside the Top-5 in all ten Men's World Cup Slalom events this season, including four victories in Gurgl, Adelboden, Wengen, and Palisades Tahoe. He is the first man to win four World Cup Slalom events in a single season since Marcel Hirscher won five times in 2018-2019.

31-year-old Manuel Feller became the oldest winner of the Slalom Crystal Globe on the men's side since Ivica Kostelic won in 2010-2011 at the same age.

It’s Feller’s biggest career achievement after winning the silver medal in Slalom at the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

"I can't describe this in words, especially in front of a crowd like that at home. I want to give a special thanks to all my fans who were cheering for me in my bad times. In the second run I wanted to show once again that I am and why I am the best slalom skier in the world," Feller said.


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