Alpine skiing-Luitz stuns Hirscher in Beaver Creek giant slalom

Alpine skiing-Luitz stuns Hirscher in Beaver Creek giant slalom
By Reuters

02/12/2018 at 22:34Updated 02/12/2018 at 22:37

Dec 2 (Reuters) - German Stefan Luitz won the first World Cup giant slalom of the season at Beaver Creek on Sunday, producing a strong finish to record his maiden victory and end the Austrian maestro Marcel Hirscher's five-race winning streak in the event.

Competing in his first race since tearing his ACL last December, the 26 year old Luitz overcame some sloppy skiing at the top of the course, accelerating across the final flat and past the finish line to edge Hirscher by 0.14 seconds.

It was a major shock with the overall World Cup winner and Olympic giant slalom champion Hirscher having won nine of the previous 10 World Cup giant slaloms.

Thomas Tumler, of Switzerland, finished third, 0.51 behind Luitz.

Luitz, the final starter on the third and final day of ski racing at the resort in the Colorado Rockies, fell on his back in disbelief when he crossed the finish line before getting up to embrace Hirscher and Tumler. (Reporting by Rory Carroll Editing by Ian Chadband)

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