In a stunning display of dominance, Swiss skiing sensation Marco Odermatt clinched his ninth consecutive win in the giant slalom discipline at the Alpine Skiing World Cup event in Bansko, Bulgaria. With this victory, Odermatt has now won six out of six races this season and added to his three victories from the previous season.
Odermatt’s impressive performance was highlighted by his ability to maintain a commanding lead over Norway’s Alexander Steen Olsen throughout the race. In the end, Odermatt secured victory by a staggering 0.91-second margin over his Norwegian rival. This win brought his total race wins for the season to 10 and his overall World Cup points tally to 1,506, an incredible 822 points ahead of French skier Cyprien Sarrazin.
In the first run, Odermatt displayed a dominant performance, leading Steen Olsen by 0.35 seconds. Although he was third-fastest in the second run, it was still enough to secure another triumph. Austrian slalom specialist Manuel Feller finished in third place, just over a second behind the winner.
After the race, Odermatt expressed his satisfaction with both the hill and conditions, describing them as “fun to ski”. He also mentioned that his confidence is at an all-time high and that everything is working well for him right now. With 16 podium finishes out of 18 races this season, Odermatt has almost secured his third consecutive big Crystal Globe title. However, Feller will be looking to improve upon his third-place finish in the upcoming slalom event on Sunday and potentially challenge for the title.
Overall, Marco Odermatt’s dominant performance in Bansko highlights just how much of a force he is in giant slalom competition this season. With six wins out of six races so far this year and three victories from last season, it looks like he will be going for another big Crystal Globe title soon!