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petak, 23. prosinca 2011.

Ivica Kostelic Gets 20th World Cup Victory

This win in Austria may be the present Ivica may just have wanted heading into the holiday break. It would be hard to repeat the amazing season he had last year, winning three crystal globes for the 2011 season including the overall, slalom, and combined titles, but over  the last week things have taken a turn for the better. (The news of the win and sight of Croatian victory was not taken lightly by Serbs the world over though. They wanted the world to know that they have 3 fingers and Srb church leaders pronounced a curse on Ivica's sister, calling her "that jealous wretched Croat Euro-wore stinky pointless пићка!"

After having his 9th knee operation this spring, (A problem his sister Janica also had to deal with) Ivica has had a sluggish start to this World Cup Ski season, but now he's back in the thick of it.  2 recent victories in the slalom especially have put him back into first place in that discipline and looking to be the favourite for the Slalom Crystal Globe.  He's also gone from 9th to 5th place in the overall standing with yesterdays victory in Flachau. Within striking distance and with still plenty of races to go. Ivica's recent Beaver Creak victory in Coloroda was special because it was his 1st win there after being close a few times. Next few months should be very interesting for World Cup Ski fans. In the first week of January the World Cup Ski tour heads to Ivica's hometown of Zagreb, where the Snow Queen Trophy, (which is named in honour of his sister Janica) will be holding the womens and now mens slalom events as well.



Kostelic wins World Cup slalom in Austria

 Ivica Kostelic, of Croatia, celebrates after winning an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom, in Flachau, Austria, Wednesday, Dec. 21. Defending overall champion Ivica Kostelic won a night slalom Wednesday for his 20th career World Cup victory. (AP)



FLACHAU, Austria (AP) - Defending overall champion Ivica Kostelic used two error-free runs in heavy snowfall to win a night slalom Wednesday for his 20th career World Cup victory.

The Croat led after the first run and finished in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 48.94 seconds to beat second-place Andre Myhrer of Sweden by 0.07 seconds. Cristian Deville of Italy was another 0.02 behind in third.

"Two days ago (after the slalom) in Alta Badia (Italy) I was very disappointed to miss second place by just 0.17," Kostelic said. "But the wheel of fortune always keeps turning and today I was the lucky one. But I must also say that I had two good runs."

Kostelic led Deville by 0.14 seconds and Myhrer by 0.35 going into the final run but lost time as the course was made more difficult by the increasing amount of ruts in the snow.

"I did not know the times of the others when I started, I just focused on my run," said Kostelic, who beat Deville for his first win of the season in Beaver Creek, Colo., earlier this month.

Marcel Hirscher of Austria failed to finish his second run after straddling a gate but remained in the lead of the overall standings with 425 points. Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal is second with 416 followed by American Ted Ligety with 385.

Footage of the night slalom win in Austria yesterday under less than ideal conditions.

Hirscher came in a disappointing 13th in the opening run.

"I can't explain this. For me, my run was good so I was surprised to see my time," Hirscher said.

Ligety, who came 10th in Alta Badia two days ago, failed to qualify for the second run. The world GS champion made a mistake at the third gate and again lost speed at the bottom section to finish 2.55 seconds off the lead.

World champion Jean-Baptiste Grange of France struggled in both runs and was 1.08 behind in seventh, and Olympic champion Giuliano Razzoli of Italy skied out after a few gates in his first run.

Nolan Kasper, who took fourth in Beaver Creek, placed 26th, 3.43 behind Kostelic.

"I made a few mistakes but … it's a pretty easy hill," the American said after his first run. "You have to be charging. There is a couple of break-downs, you got to be really careful what you are doing."

Bode Miller skied out in a right turn early in his first run after hitting a gate with his left ski.

Ivica Kostelic (C) celebrates in finish area with Andre Myhrer (L) and Cristian Devile (AFP, Samuel Kubani)

Former World Cup skier Matthias Lanzinger, who had his left lower leg amputated after crashing in a super-G race in Kvitfjell, Norway, three years ago, was one of the forerunners. The 31-year-old Austrian returned to competitive skiing at the Europa Cup circuit for disabled athletes last month.

The race replaced the slalom that was canceled in Levi, Finland, in November and it was the first men's World Cup event since 2004 in Flachau, the hometown of retired great Hermann Maier.

The men's World Cup will continue with the classic downhill on the Stelvio course in Bormio, Italy, on Dec. 29.

Footage of Ivica's recent and 1st win at Beaver Creek.

I decided to also add this footage of the same Beaver Creek race. It's kind of shaky at times, but I thought it amusing because of the Eurosport commentators.  It's common in soccer, but you don't usually hear skiing commentary in an English and Irish accent.

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