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Byggmark wins second World Cup slalom within 24 hours

Byggmark wins second World Cup slalom within 24 hours

Jens Byggmark won his second World Cup slalom in as many days Sunday.
The 21-year-old Swede, racing in his first full World Cup season, went down the Ganslern course in a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 44.20 seconds. He was fifth after the opening run.
"This is just too much for me to understand. It's just too crazy," Byggmark said. "Winning a second race is much harder to believe, that I did twice. Today I was very motivated to do well again but I never dreamed I would win again."
Mario Matt of Austria was second to Byggmark for the second straight day, crossing in 1:44.23.
"I'm absolutely happy, happy to be back at the top of my sport where I used to be," said Matt, who posted his first career World Cup win here in 2000 but also dislocated his shoulder on this hill in 2002.
Matt has four podium results this season, including a victory two weeks ago in the super-combi at Wengen, Switzerland. Last season, his best result was a fourth-place finish in a slalom at Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Manfred Moelgg of Italy, the first-run leader, took third in 1:44.25 in a return to form after tearing knee ligaments last season.
"It was a hard time, so I'm very happy today," Moelgg said. "I skied finally just like I do in training. The first run was very good and I was leading, but I stayed very calm. My podium place feels just like a victory."
Until this weekend, Byggmark's previous best World Cup result was a fifth-place finish in a slalom at Beaver Creek, Colorado, in December. He has been in the top 10 of every slalom this season.
Byggmark is euro134,000 (US$173,000) richer than on Friday, having collected euro67,000 (US$86,500) for each of his wins.
"Today, I was more relaxed. I was really tired," Byggmark said. "I didn't have any expectations. I had no clue that it would be like this today. I had no sleep. It wasn't so much celebration. It was just lying in bed and thinking of what I would buy with it. I think I will not have any sleep tonight either."
Bode Miller went out just five gates from the finish in his second run.
The 2004 overall champion finished the first leg in 17th place after getting thrown off balance near the bottom of the course. The American, who had 1.35 to make up in his second run, was just .40 off at the final interval when he tripped up.
Miller hasn't completed a slalom in more than a year. He has failed to complete 18 of his last 21 World Cup slalom races. The last World Cup slalom Miller completed was here in Kitzbuehel on Jan. 22, 2006 when he finished 18th.
On Saturday, Miller straddled a gate in the first run, hiked back up two sets of gates to rerun it, then lost his right ski moments later.
Miller has five career World Cup slalom victories, but the last one dates back to Dec. 13, 2004.
U.S. skier Ted Ligety, 27th after the first leg, had a blistering second run to finish seventh in 1:44.78.
Aksel Lund Svindal came 16th but retained his lead in the overall standings with 760 points. Didier Cuche of Switzerland, who doesn't race the slalom, is second on 677, while Miller stayed third with 640.
Reigning overall champion Benjamin Raich of Austria finished sixth in Sunday's race and is fourth in the overall with 605.
Byggmark, who had replaced teammate Markus Larsson at the top of the discipline standings with his win the previous day, now has 343 points after six slaloms. Raich is second with 265 and Matt third with 260. Larsson, who crossed 11th on Sunday, dropped to fourth on 249.
The 47-year-old Hubertus von Hohenlohe of Mexico straddled a gate and fell in the opening run and suffered a suspected broken femur.


Updated : 2020-12-05 12:47 GMT+08:00