Updated: Wednesday, 29 January 2014 06:12 | By Agence France-Presse

A star is born as Kristoffersen wins maiden race

Young Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen won his first ever World Cup race on Tuesday, taking the last slalom before next month's Winter Olympics.


A star is born as Kristoffersen wins maiden race

Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen competes on January 28, 2014 during the first run of the men's slalom competion of the FIS Ski World Cup in Schladming, Austria - by Alexander Klein

The 19-year-old -- who had three podium finishes to his name this season prior to Tuesday's race in Schladming -- edged out Austrian Marcel Hirscher by 18 hundredths of a second while German Felix Neureuther was third another hundredth of a second slower.

Kristoffersen's achievement was all the greater as Hirscher and Neureuther took world gold and silver respectively on the same course a year ago.

Kristoffersen rose to joint second in the slalom standings which sees him and Neureuther trail Hirscher by 50 points.

"This is unbelievable, I am so happy," said Kristoffersen.

"I had bib number one, and I raced a really good first leg.

"In the second leg I was really good on the lower gates."

Hirscher gave his chances of winning the overall World Cup title a boost by closing the gap on veteran Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal to just 22 points after 24 races.

Hirscher, 24, said everything had been going well in the second leg until the final gates.

"I skied a really good leg, but shortly before the finishing line I lost some strength and started making mistakes."

The Winter Olympics get underway in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 7.

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