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Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), Sunday 21 February 2021 – The Cortina 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships came to a conclusion in fine style on Sunday, with Norway’s Sebastian Foss-Solevaag taking gold in the men’s slalom.
The 29-year-old showed complete mastery of both the steep upper section of the piste and the softer, lower run-in to secure Norway’s first world championship slalom gold since 1997.
He saw off the challenge of two young prospects and his own teammate in order to do it.
Austria have enjoyed a fantastic championships, and Adrian Pertl (AUT), 24, put in a career-best performance to get silver. Pertl, in bib No.8, had been fastest on the first run and finished just 0.21 seconds behind overall.
Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR), meanwhile, put in a trademark late charge for the medals, showing all his skill on the softer snow to secure bronze.
This pushed local hero Alex Vinatzer (ITA), who had been second-fastest on the first run, into fourth place. Despite the frustration, the 21-year-old former junior world champion showed his huge future potential with a gutsy ski under pressure.
Several top contenders, including Loic Meillard (SUI) and Marco Schwarz (AUT), did not finish on a tough and technical course.
The next FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be help in Courchevel, France in 2023.
- Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (NOR) 1:46.48
- Adrian Pertl (AUT) 1:46.69
- Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 1:46.94