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Olsson claims Parallel Giant Slalom success in Italy

Olsson claims Parallel Giant Slalom success in Italy
By Sportsbeat

18/12/2017 at 18:59Updated 18/12/2017 at 22:05

Sweden's Matts Olsson was a surprise winner of the FIS Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup in Alta Badia in Italy as he claimed his first-ever World Cup win.

The 29-year-old beat world number one Marcel Hirscher in the semi-finals and followed that up by winning the all-Scandinavian battle with Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway in the final by just three hundredths of a second.

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Starting quickly, he led throughout and had just enough to hold off the fast-finishing Kristoffersen to take his maiden success.

Olsson becomes the 13th Swede to win a men's World Cup alpine skiing event, with only Mattias Hargin older when he won his first.

Meanwhile Hirscher edged out another Norwegian, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, in the battle for third.

As a result he takes the overall World Cup lead from Aksel Lund Svindal who was not in action.

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