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Manuel Feller wins the overall slalom World Cup victory despite second place

Manuel Feller wins the overall slalom World Cup victory despite second place
Done: Manuel Feller is the overall World Cup winner in the slalom
Image: APA/Georg Hochmuth

The Tyrolean came into the top 5 in all ten races in this discipline. Timon Haugan won the alpine skiing final in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, ensuring the first Norwegian men’s success this winter. Feller was 0.40 seconds behind, the German Linus Straßer came third (+0.44).

“It’s just wonderful, especially in front of the home crowd,” said Feller, who thanked all his fans who have supported him this winter and over the years. “It’s the best thing you can imagine. Unbelievable, what more could you want. If you were to write a script, you would probably write it like this. That I had my greatest success at home in Austria, a few kilometers as the crow flies from my hometown “I can celebrate. With so many friends who are important to me, with family and acquaintances.”

Grandma was there too

Among the 13,600 fans there were many from the Fieberbrunner’s closer hometown. Even the grandma came to cheer on the grandson as he lifted the crystal ball. And to see him again with long hair, because in the evening there was a cutting on the agenda. And a visit to the doctor, as the 31-year-old had started with an injured, possibly broken finger. He won the discipline ranking with a lead of 189 points over Straßer.

There were also points in the last race of the season for Johannes Strolz, who improved from twentieth to tenth place. “I benefited from the start number. I’m happy to take that with me, but I have to classify it correctly. It was simply the weather and the slope,” said the Vorarlberg native. But it’s good for him that he managed to deliver consistent performances again over the winter. He was only eliminated once and was never worse than 18th. Michael Matt finished empty-handed (19th), Dominik Raschner and Fabio Gstrein came through in the second round.

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