Timon Haugan gives Norway its 1st men's slalom win of season at World Cup finals

Timon Haugan held on to his first-run lead to win the men's slalom at the World Cup finals Sunday, giving the Norwegian ski team its first victory of the season.

Manuel Feller wins his 1st Crystal Globe as winner of discipline season title

A men's Norwegian skier stands smiling on the medal podium after winning a slalom race at the World Cup finals on March 17, 2024.
A beaming Timon Haugan had earned three career medal places in slalom before Sunday, most recently in Schladming, Austria in January, but had yet to win a World Cup event. (Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Timon Haugan held on to his first-run lead to win the men's slalom at the World Cup finals Sunday, giving the Norwegian ski team its first victory of the season.

Haugan clocked a combined one minute 54 seconds to beat Manuel Feller, the winner of the discipline season title, by 0.40 after the Austrian improved from fourth after the first run to finish in 1:54.40. Linus Strasser of Germany, who was second, dropped to third, 0.44 behind in 1:54.44.

Haugan had earned three career podiums in slalom before, most recently in Schladming in January, but was yet to win a World Cup event.

Right after the race, his Norwegian teammates stormed into the finish area and dragged Haugan down in celebration, then put him on their shoulders.

The Norwegian team has racked up 16 top-three results this season, but won just one event across all disciplines.

A week after locking up the discipline title, Feller received the first Crystal Globe of his career.

"Just amazing, especially in front of a crowd like that at home, you can't write a book better [than] that," Feller said.

He became the joined-oldest winner of the slalom season title, following on from fellow Austrian Reinfried Herbst in 2010 and Croatian standout Ivica Kostelic in 2011 who were also 31 when they won the globe.

WATCH | Full coverage of Sunday's 2nd run from Saalbach, Austria:

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Saalbach: Men’s slalom 2nd run

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Catch the deciding run of the men's slalom race from the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event in Saalbach, Austria.

Title secured at cancelled race

After parading his trophy, Feller got down on his knees and wrote a few letters in the snow.

"Me and my friends, we lost a friend one-and-a-half years ago. I just wanted to share a little moment with him," the Austrian said.

Feller secured the title when the penultimate slalom in Slovenia was cancelled due to bad weather, leaving runner-up Strasser without enough races to make up the gap of 169 points in the discipline standings.

Feller takes over from last year's globe winner, Lucas Braathen, who sat out the current campaign following a dispute with the Norwegian ski federation but has announced his return for next season competing for Brazil, his mother's home nation.

No Canadians were entered in Sunday's race.

The men continue the World Cup finals with the super-G on Friday.

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