WENGEN, (Switzerland): Norway’s Lucas Braathen recorded an astonishing history-making victory in the men’s World Cup slalom in Wengen on Sunday as first-leg pole-sitter Henrik Kristoffersen bombed out. The 21-year-old Braathen, whose sole previous victory came in this season’s giant slalom opener in Soelden, was lying a distant 29th after the first run, more than two seconds off his teammate.
But he held nothing back on the second leg, clocking 48.17sec, almost 1sec faster than the rest of the field. His combined time of 1min 41.48sec was 0.22sec faster than second-placed Swiss Daniel Yule, with Italy’s Giuliano Razzoli in third (+0.29).
“Wengen is one of my favorite places on earth to ski,” said Braathen, calling his result “amazing”.
Braathen’s time marked the largest jump for victory in the second run ever in the men’s slalom, bettering Swiss racer Marc Berthod’s win in Adelboden in 2007 after he finished 27th in the first leg.
His jump of 28 places also bested the previous biggest leap of 27 held jointly by Swede Mattias Hargin and Switzerland’s Sandro Simonet who both finished third after coming in 30th in their opening runs in Zagreb in 2011 and Chamonix last year respectively.