Myhrer tops Hirscher in slalom finale

The Associated Press

Andre Myhrer rounds a gate during the first run of the men’s slalom at the World Cup Finals on Sunday in Aspen, Colo.

The Associated Press ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Not to get all mushy, but that’s exactly how Andre Myhrer of Sweden prefers his snow.

The slushier, the better, and possibly why Myhrer seems to save his best race for the last event of the year.

Myhrer capped off a second straight season with a slalom win at the World Cup Finals, beating Marcel Hirscher of Austria once again, too.

“I’m older, so I need a long start to get in shape,” the 34-year-old Myhrer said after Sunday’s slalom race concluded the finals. “It’s a little easier for me to handle this salty snow, compared to winter snow.”

Myhrer navigated the sun-splashed course in a combined time of 1 minute 27.97 seconds, holding off Felix Neureuther of Germany by 0.14 seconds. Austria’s Michael Matt was third and Hirscher fourth.

An interesting tidbit about Matt: His older brother, Mario, won the last World Cup men’s slalom race in Aspen in 2001.

Hirscher led by 0.08 heading into the final run, only to uncharacteristically lose speed near the finish.

“A mistake, five gates before finish line was not the happiest moment of the season,” Hirscher explained. “The first half of the run was really good.”

The 28-year-old Hirscher turned in a fabulous season that saw him clinch the giant slalom and slalom globes, along with his sixth straight overall title. He also won the slalom and GS at world championships last month.

Worley takes GS crown

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Tessa Worley waved her ski pole at the finish and pumped her fist. Rarely has not winning felt this rewarding.

The Frenchwoman clinched the season-long giant slalom title Sunday with a conservative run on a day Federica Brignone led an Italian sweep at the World Cup Finals.

“I just went for it, kept it simple,” explained Worley, who finished fifth to edge American Mikaela Shiffrin by 85 points for her first crystal globe. “I’m really, really happy with the season. Now, I have it.”

Brignone glided through the course in a combined time of 1 minute 58.01 seconds to beat teammate Sofia Goggia by 1.44 seconds. Marta Bassino took third. It’s the first time Italian women have swept the podium since 1996, according to the FIS.Speech

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