Austrian ski racer Marcel Hirscher has broken his own record at the by winning his eighth consecutive men’s World Cup overall title. No other racer has won more than six overall titles and a year ago Hirscher had become the first person to win seven.
He secured enough points to confirm the win after coming third in Sunday’s penultimate slalom of the season, staged at Kranjska Gora in Slovenia, extending his lead to 509 points over second-placed Alexis Pinturault of France. There are only a maximum of 400 points left to win this season from the final four events at the World Cup finals coming up in Andorra.
Hirscher, who turned 30 last week, won his first Olympic gold, got married and became a father last year.
Along with reaching eight Overall Wins, Hirscher has also matched the Lindsey Vonn’s records of 20 crystal globes, which for her include four overall titles and 16 individual discipline titles, eight of them downhill.
Hirscher has had 10 World Cup race wins so far this season taking his tally to 68, the third most in history, behind Lindsey Vonn with 82 and Ingemar Stenmark with 86.