Born in Annaberg-Lungötz, Austria, on March 2nd, 1989, Marcel Hirscher is the technical-race ace en route to an unprecedented sixth straight World Cup overall title this season. No other man has won that many, consecutive or not. He attributed his success in Alpine skiing’s technical events o the tutelage of his father Ferdinand who placed a strong emphasis on striving for perfect technique. He made his World Cup debut at the end of 2006/07 season and went on to claim his first ever World Cup podium in March 2008 in a SL race at Kranjska Gora. His first World Cup win dated back Nov. 2009 in a GS race at Val d’Isère. His career turning point dated back after breaking ankle the weekend preceeding the World Championships in Garmisch, which ended his 2011 season earlier. Returning after injury, Hirscher had his best season to date in terms of wins in 2012 with 9 top spots and his first big crystal globe and won the overall World Cup title again in 2013 by becoming the first male racer to retain this trophy since fellow Austrian Stephan Eberharter in 2002 and 2003. Hirscher continued his dominance on the Tour by matching US Phil Mahre’s record of three straight overall titles in 2014 and the year later became the first alpine skier to be crowned World Cup champ four times in a row. In 2016 Hirscher became the most successful Austrian male World Cup GS skier by winning in Beaver Creek, surpassing Raich and Maier. With his GS win in Alta Badia, he also became Austria’s most successful World Cup GS skier overtaking Annemarie Moser-Pröll.To wrap up an amazing season with 8 wins and 19 podiums Hirscher also won the men’s overall World Cup title, his 5th consecutive overall title, a feat never before achieved by a male skier. On Dec. 18th, 2016 the Wunderteam no. 1 triumphed in GS at Alta Badia equalling Alberto Tomba’s 4 wins at the venue, and with it became the 5th most successful male World Cup winner. On Jan. 7, 2017, Hirscher achieved his 100th podium from 191 starts (a ratio of 52.3%) with a 2nd place finish in Adelboden GS and two weeks later the Austrian won the GS in Garmisch, achieving his 20th GS and 43rd World Cup win. Hirscher’s roll of honour includes four gold medals at World Championships but an Olympic gold medal still eluded him. He clinched silver at the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, where finished as runner-up in the Slalom bested by his fellow countryman Mario Matt.
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