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Marcel Hirscher the last time?

The Austrian ski star faces perhaps the last home race in his career. Today (9:30 am and 12:30 pm), the 29-year-old aims to win his third slalom win at Kitzbuhel

Marcel Hirscher the last time?

Marcel Hirscher shows his departure. Picture: Erich Spice

Eliminated, Fourth, Sixth, Fourth, Disqualified, First, Twenty-Third, Second, Second, First, Second. Marcel Hirscher leads the World Cup in Kitzbuehel since 2008, his slalom record is impressive, the triumph of 2013 and 2017. Today (9.30 and 12.30, ORF one) in the twelfth attempt of Ganslernhang of all good things should become three.

29-year-old Annaberger does not put the word "farewell performance" in her mouth, but there are people in the expanded environment of the seven-time big crystal ball winner who wants to know that Hirscher is actively playing in front of her home audience for the last time. Today in Kitzbuehel, and then on Tuesday in "Night Race" in Schladming.

When Marcel draws a line, he decides (or has already done so). The fact that his media man Stefan Eilex stops after this season does not mean anything. Conversely, the renewal of the Atomic agreement by 2020 should also not be construed as a guarantee certificate, and its Skifirma without slopes on the slopes may also be presented.

There are certain hints towards the end of a career that can not be ignored. "The priorities have changed, I get more and more concerned" were not the only words that caused a sensation of Hirscher's invitation to Kitz. Chief Sponsor Raiffeisen is looking for an heir. Marcel thinks this is "legitimate, because my days are numbered".

"In the beginning a big jump"

Despite these statements, Hirscher is still motivated and impressed by Kitzbuild, although he does not have to seek excitement. Dozens of cameras and journalists headed for the superstar, younger candidates wrote autographs on the helmets and patiently allowed them to be confused with questions. With years you will become more relaxed.

"In the beginning (2008, note) it was a big jump – from reward to a press conference," refers to the nine-time winner Hirscher. "Here, in Kitzbuhel, it's stressful for everyone, and for you," the Olympic champion told reporters.

"Experience is very helpful, you must be able to react in all situations, the same is for everyone," Hirscher commented on bringing the slalom ahead from Sunday to the present. It's not perfect, of course. "It throws everything above the pile," Marcel admitted last year in Kitzbuehel, second behind Henrik Christophersen.

The Norwegian is not the only one that Hirscher has on the list: "The whole first starting group can win, you just need to see the ranking of this season, because there were many names in front of different conditions."

But there is a constant – and it's colored red-white-red. In all six races this winter, at least one Austrian was on the podium. Hirscher won four times and once was third. Manuel Feller has second and third place for the book, Marko Schwartz is second, Michael Matt third. In this key, it can go ahead of the expected 40,000 spectators. Hirscher wants to burn turbo this time in the first round, his recent top results, he had to thank them especially for the "big final".

"Of course you analyze and find out a lot, I have ten days before the World Cup in Are (since February 5, note) there is no competition, because once again you can check everything and check." This includes a revolutionary special commitment that makes the World Cup rounds. For all classes: Hirscher, a precise worker and a tireless inventor, must do his homework – whether for the last time in Kitzbuhel or not.

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