/A Skier’s Drive Slips, but His Results Do Not

A Skier’s Drive Slips, but His Results Do Not


Marcel Hirscher of Austria after taking third in the World Cup season opener in Sölden, Austria.

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Boston — As the 2016 World Cup season begins, Marcel Hirscher of Austria is looking to win a record fifth consecutive World Cup overall title, and he took his first step toward it with a third-place finish last Sunday at the opening race in Sölden, Austria.

Over the past four seasons, Hirscher, 26, has dominated ski racing’s technical events — slalom and giant slalom — and has amassed 28 wins, five trophies in the individual disciplines and the four overall titles. On the men’s side, only Marc Girardelli, an Austrian who raced for Luxembourg, has won five overall World Cup titles, which he collected over a nine-year span.

Hirscher says he is not chasing the record but would welcome it.

“If it happens, great; if it doesn’t, it’s no big deal,” Hirscher said in a telephone interview from…

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