Austria was the scene for Mattias Hargin's maiden Alpine Skiing World Cup victory after impressing spectators and rivals with a stunning second run to give him the win in the men's slalom, while in Switzerland, Lindsey Vonn bounced back from a mistake in yesterday's women's downhill to win the Super-G.
After his first run saw him lying in fifth place, Hargin of Sweden needed to produce a strong performance in Kitzbühel to secure a podium finish in the men's slalom, but went further as he delivered a perfect second run to catapult him to the top of the standings.
The second place finisher Marcel Hirscher, who was competing on home snow, was full of praise for Hargin's performance and said: "I really have to say congratulations to Mattias, the second run was probably one of the best runs I have ever seen.
"Attacking a very tough course the way Mattias did isn't something you see every day.
"It's an unbelievable feeling to finish second in the Kitzbühel so I am thankful for how it worked out."
Hargin has been close to achieving victory throughout the season, but appeared shocked by his stunning performance.
"Kitzbühel is such a cool place to have your first win, at the moment it's still hard to express with words how I feel," he said.
"Today I was able to change my mindset and went full on, it certainly paid off."
The top three was completed by Germany's Felix Neureuther, who won the World Cup event last year.
In St Moritz, Vonn posted a time of 1min 23.55sec to beat Austria's Anna Fenninger by 0.24 seconds and Nicole Hosp, who finished in third.
Vonn finished twenty-third in yesterday's downhill event following a key error but today's victory saw the American overtake Fenninger in the overall Super-G standings as twenty-seven racers failed to complete the course in difficult conditions.
"It was definitely a difficult course today," Vonn said after her victory.
"There was a lot of terrain and a lot of tricky parts.
"But I had a good inspection and thankfully I didn't make any mistakes like I did yesterday, so it's a good day."
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