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With the achievement Žan Kranjec put an end to the almost 16-year Slovenian giant slalom drought in world cup men's races. Foto: Reuters

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Kranjec ends a 16-year giant slalom drought!

Hirscher without any real competition
18. December 2017 ob 11:22
Alta Badia - MMC RTV SLO

Austrian Marcel Hirscher won his fifth consecutive giant slalom race in Alta Badia, but Žan Kranjec warmed up Slovenia's fans by finishing 3rd.

Hirscher was in a class of his own, as he had the fastest times in both runs. He was faster than Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen, who came in second, by 1,70 seconds! Žan Kranjec, who was third even after the first run, trailed by 1,82 seconds.

Pavlovčič with the same achievement exactly 16 years ago
The demanding ski course in Alta Badia clearly suits Žan Kranjec, as he finished fourth on the same hill last year. This time he managed to climb one position higher and claim the first podium finish of his career. With the achievement he put an end to the almost 16-year Slovenian giant slalom drought in world cup men's races. On the 20th of December 2001, Uroš Pavlovčič was also third in Kranjska Gora.

Kranjec: I've dreamt of this for a long time
"I was good in both runs, not quite optimal, but great for this course. Even in the second run I defended my position well and I think I reacted well. But I'm very happy, as I've dreamt of this result for a long time, so I'm really happy. I wanted to make this step forward. In Val d'Isere I told myself that there is still time for this. I fought and I'm very happy to have made it," said the Slovenian hero of the day.

S. J., MMC; translated by K. J.