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“Kaiserwetter” and an Austrian Ski-King

19 February 2017: There was glorious sunshine on the last day of the Alpine World Ski Championships St Moritz 2017, with the Men’s Slalom providing the grand finale. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher ensured a wonderful ending to the event with a dominant display of slalom skiing and also taking his country to top of the medal table.

Manuel Feller, Marcel Hirscher and Felix Neureuther at the Award Ceremony (Claudio Kernen)
Hugo Wetzel and Gian Franco Kasper at the Closing Ceremony in Salastrains (Claudio Kernen)
Hirscher and Feller are celebrating together. (Claudio Kernen)
Marcel Hirscher (Agence Zoom)
Marcel Hirscher (Claudio Kernen)
Neureuther wins the bronze medal (Clauido Kernen)
The austrians have a reason to party again! (Ski WM 2017)
The project team of St. Moritz 2017 is handing the FIS flag to the organisers of the World Championships 2019 in Are (Claudio Kernen)
Marco Schwarz (Claudio Kernen)
Marcel Hirscher is running for gold in front of 18'000 spectators (Agence Zoom)
Marco Schwarz (Ski WM 2017)
Daniel Yule (Claudio Kernen)
(Ski WM 2017)
Ramon Zenhäusern (Claudio Kernen)
Balloons at the closing ceremony (Claudio Kernen)
Closing Ceremony (Claudio Kernen)

The first run left nobody in doubt that Austria is the discipline’s strongest nation with four athletes in the top seven and three on the interim podium – race favourite Marcel Hirscher taking the lead with Marco Schwarz, Michael Matt and Manuel Feller in second, third and seventh respectively. Britain’s Dave Ryding was certainly a talking point skiing a strong run to come in fourth.

After a relaxed Sunday lunch-break it was onto the second run – the race really got going when the top 10 took to the slopes and Germany’s Felix Neureuther propelled himself to top of the leader’s board. Manuel Feller had the race of his life to grab that spot from Neureuther but with six athletes still remaining was by no means guaranteed a medal.

However there was little luck for the athletes who followed, the two Austrians who had shown such early promise did not win a medal and only Marcel Hirscher was able to change the ranking - and boy he did! Another gold, sixth World Championship title and ninth World Championship medal for Hirscher, with Feller taking the silver and Neureuther the bronze, rescuing Germany’s honour.

Dave Ryding could not recreate his first run but still ended with an encouraging 11th position. Misfortune for the Swiss as both Ramon Zenhäusern and Daniel Yule failed to finish, Reto Schmidiger finished in 16th with Luca Aerni in 19th.

Oldie of the Day: At 58 years of age, Mexico’s Hubertus Von Hohenlohne is the oldest competitor at the Alpine World Ski Championships, it being his 18th World Championships appearance – respect!  

Word of the day: “Ge-shuttled”. Over the last weekend of the race, thousands of people were once again "ge-shuttled" up to Corviglia, according to World Championships jargon. On Sunday, 18'000 spectators visited the finish area to cheer on their ski heroes and ensure a top atmosphere.

Newcomer of the day: Britain’s Dave Ryding has propelled himself into the World’s top this season with a World Cup second place and 11th in today’s slalom. The British first brought winter sport here to St Moritz and in their honour Dave is close to the hearts of all.

Number of the day: Nine! Austria tops the medal table with nine medals ahead of Switzerland and France.

Farewell of the day: The two SRF-commentators Bernhard Russi and Matthias Hüppi say a fond farewell to the commentary box. The duo has accompanied ski fans with insights, colour and analysis. We will miss you!

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