Hirscher, Duerr win parallel slaloms

Austria's Marcel Hirscher and Lena Duerr of Germany dominated the parallel slalom World Cup races on a giant ramp in downtown Moscow on Tuesday.
World Cup overall and slalom leader Hirscher edged Andre Myhrer of Sweden by 0.16 seconds in the final men's run for his fifth victory this season. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was third.
In the women's event, Duerr beat Veronica Velez Zuzulova to claim her first victory this season, with third place going to World Cup slalom leader Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States.
"This year the weather is cold and there were almost perfect conditions for this competition tonight," Hirscher said. "It was a good race for me, but if some more visitors will come to watch us next year it would be great."
This year, the 60-meter-tall and 200-meter-long ramp was erected at the All-Russia Exhibition Center, which was constructed in 1939 and features huge Stalin-era monuments. There was little space for spectators.
"It was a great race in great surroundings," Kostelic said. "It was something special to compete among the great monuments. I could never imagine that a great Lenin (monument) will ever watch me skiing."
Women's overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia, who won Sunday's slalom in Maribor, was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
"It was my first participation in a city event," Duerr said. "I tried to keep myself focused on my every single race and it paid off ... I'm really happy with my performance here."
The winners earned 100 points each in the slalom and overall standings.
Hirscher extended his lead in the World Cup overall standings to 1,135 points. Axel Lund Svindal is second with 921 points, followed by Felix Neureuther with 776. The Austrian also leads the slalom standings with 800 points, 184 points clear of second place Neureuther with two slalom races left in the season.
Shiffrin leads the slalom standings with 528 points, 33 points ahead of Maze.
Maze tops the overall standings with 1,694 points. Maria Hoefl-Riesch is second with 806. Lindsay Vonn is third, another 66 points behind.
It was the second city event this season, after Munich on Jan. 1, but many top skiers, including Aksel Lund Svindal, Ted Ligety, Hoefl-Riesch and Anna Fenninger, skipped the event to prepare for the world championships to be held Feb. 5-17 in Schladming, Austria.