SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Henrik Kristoffersen overcame a big mistake in his final run to win a men’s World Cup night slalom on Tuesday, strengthening his lead in the overall and discipline standings.
The Norwegian hit a gate with his left arm and nearly skied out after a few seconds but recovered from the mishap and charged down the Planai course in an unmatched pace, beating his rivals Alexis Pinturault and Daniel Yule.
“How is it possible to win a race after such a mistake?” Kristoffersen said in disbelief. “I saw 20 racers before my run, so why did I make that mistake there?”
The Norwegian, who was second after the opening leg, also benefited from mistakes by first-run leader Marco Schwarz.
Chasing the first Austrian slalom win of the season, Schwarz slid off the race line at the sixth gate and wrongly passed the next gate.