Jean-Baptiste Grange (FRA)
M. Hirscher (AUT), F. Neureuther (GER), I. Kostelić (CRO)
BACK ON TRACK: KOSTELIĆ THIRD IN WENGEN WITH NEW RECORD
Ivica Kostelić can laugh out loud again: third place in the Wengen Slalom with an extremely tight finish. This was the Croatian's twelfth podium place at the Swiss World Cup location – a new record. Fischer brand colleague Manfred Mölgg (ITA) came fourth in the race. Jean-Baptiste Grange (FRA) is back and also put in an impressive performance with the fastest time in the second run!
Stenmark and Girardelli now behind him
This time it was not enough for the fifth victory in a row for Ivica Kostelić in his favourite ski resort. But this was not the reason why he shed a few tears. On the contrary, Mr Wengen was more than satisfied with his third place behind Felix Neureuther (GER) and Marcel Hirscher (AUT). After finishing second in the Super Combined on Friday, the third place was his twelfth podium finish on this World Cup slope which means so much to him. This record also saw Kostelić overtake his own idols such as Ingemar Stenmark and Marc Girardelli. And this was particularly moving for him, not the 25 hundredths of a second that separated him from victory – an impressive way of putting his name back on the list of favourites so close to the World Championships in Schladming.
Mölgg: consistent in the team
For Manfred Mölgg it was the fourth fourth place of the season. That may sound bitter, but the South Tyrolean racer sees it as a boost in confidence. Because he knows: "Places one to three are highly coveted. Nobody likes to come fourth. At the moment, however, the race for top three is hotly contested and the fourth places are also encouraging for me. My season has been safe and consistent so far and I'm happy about another top result!
Grange celebrates best time
Italian racer Giuliano Razzoli and Jean-Baptiste Grange also had cause for celebration. Razzoli was pleased with seventh place – his first top-ten finish again in what is now almost a year. The same can be said for Grange, who skied the fastest time in the second run and finished 14th overall – a sign that he is now going from strength to strength after being plagued by injury. All in all the Fischer Team celebrated five top-15 places with Reinfried Herbst finishing in 15th to round off the overall achievement.