In-form Schwarz leads Kristoffersen, Hirscher in WCup …

In-form Schwarz leads Kristoffersen, Hirscher in WCup slalom

Associated Press

ADELBODEN, Switzerland (AP) – Continuing his career-best form, Marco Schwarz was the fastest in the first stage of a slalom of the World Cup on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Austrian led the usual leaders Henrik Kristoffersen and Marcel Hirscher with 0.34 seconds and 0.39 respectively.

Hirscher, who leads the general and slalom rankings, and Kristoffersen have together won the Adelboden slalom in six of the past seven years.

Schwarz won the parallel slalom event on New Year's Day in Oslo, was second in Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy last month, and led the first run in Zagreb last weekend.

Olympic champion Andre Myhrer belonged to a number of top racers who could not finish in poor visibility due to falling snow.

Manuel Feller wasted a quick start by jumping off course and then showed his frustration by pulling a ski pole over his right thigh. Feller also failed to finish the giant slalom Saturday, won by his Austrian teammate Hirscher.

Marco Schwarz, Austria, takes part in a men's winter rally in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday 13 January 2019. (AP Photo / Marco Tacca)

Marco Schwarz, Austria, takes part in a men's winter rally in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday 13 January 2019. (AP Photo / Marco Tacca)

The classic Adelboden hill, an original World Cup venue in January 1967, has not seen Swiss domestic staff on a podium in slalom or giant slalom over the past 10 years.

Nevertheless, four Swiss racers placed themselves in the top 10 of the Sunday morning with less than a second to overtake Schwarz in the second run.

No American racer in the top 30 placed to qualify for the afternoon action, although Dartmouth College student Tanguy Nef 24 and Schwarz left behind 1.74. The 22-year-old Swiss was the NCAA champion slalom last season.

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The Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen competes during a ski World & # 39; s slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday, January 13, 2019. (AP Photo / Gabriele Facciotti)

The Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen competes during a ski World & # 39; s slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday, January 13, 2019. (AP Photo / Gabriele Facciotti)

The Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen competes during a ski World & # 39; s slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday, January 13, 2019. (AP Photo / Gabriele Facciotti)

The Austrian Marcel Hirscher competes during a ski World & # 39; s slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday, January 13, 2019. (AP Photo / Gabriele Facciotti)

The Austrian Marcel Hirscher competes during a ski World & # 39; s slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday, January 13, 2019. (AP Photo / Gabriele Facciotti)

The Austrian Marcel Hirscher competes during a ski World & # 39; s slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday, January 13, 2019. (AP Photo / Gabriele Facciotti)

The Daniel Yule in Switzerland participates in a men's winter rally in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday 13 January 2019. (AP Photo / Gabriele Facciotti)

The Daniel Yule in Switzerland participates in a men's winter rally in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday 13 January 2019. (AP Photo / Gabriele Facciotti)

The Daniel Yule in Switzerland participates in a men's winter rally in Adelboden, Switzerland, Sunday 13 January 2019. (AP Photo / Gabriele Facciotti)

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