Norway's Alexander Steen Olsen, centre, claimed a first World Cup win in Palisades Tahoe ©Getty Images

Greece's AJ Ginnis was denied a first International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup victory as he was disqualified after the conclusion of the men's slalom competition in Palisades Tahoe, with Norway's Alexander Steen Olsen promoted into first place.

It was a first World Cup triumph of the 21-year-old's career, and came in tough, stormy conditions on the second run in the American resort.

Steen Olsen was 12th after the first run on the Red Dog course with a time of 52.84sec, but a more risky second effort produced a 54.63 which earned him an overall win in 1min 47.47sec.

He finished 0.34 clear of compatriot Timon Haugan, for whom this was only a second World Cup podium alongside his silver in the slalom in Chamonix in February 2020.

Athens-born Ginnis, who formerly represented the United States, made history for Greece at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships earlier this month, as his slalom silver was its first ever medal.

He thought he had followed it with a maiden World Cup victory by just 0.01 ahead of Steen Olsen.

However, following a review and a wait of approximately 30 minutes he was disqualified for straddling a gate.

That meant there was a tie for bronze between Bulgaria's Albert Popov - for whom it was only a first World Cup podium - and Olympic slalom champion Clément Noël of France in 1:47.71.

Greece's AJ Ginnis was disqualified 30 minutes after he had initially finished as the race winner ©Getty Images
Greece's AJ Ginnis was disqualified 30 minutes after he had initially finished as the race winner ©Getty Images

Noël and Popov were the fastest on the first and second runs respectively.

The Frenchman led with a 52.19 but followed it with an 18th-ranked 55.52, while Popov climbed from 25th with 53.75 to third with a 54.06.

Newly crowned slalom world champion Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway had looked on course to take victory, but made a mistake which meant he had to settle for fifth in 1:47.81.

He closed the gap to compatriot Lucas Braathen at the top of the discipline standings to 32 points, but there is only one slalom race remaining and a win would have exerted pressure on the leader, who placed seventh in 1:47.96.

Switzerland's Marco Odermatt and Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who lead the overall standings on 1,466 and 1,080 points respectively, did not compete in the slalom.

Defending overall World Cup winner Odermatt finished second in the giant slalom yesterday.

The final American event on the men's Alpine Ski World Cup circuit is due to be held in Aspen with two downhills on March 3 and 4 and a super-G on March 5, followed by a return to Europe in Kranjska Gora in Slovenia and the season final in Soldeu in Andorra.