Swiss skier Meillard concludes a successful weekend in Aspen by clinching the World Cup slalom victory.

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Loic Meillard from Switzerland celebrated a triumphant weekend in Aspen by securing victory in a World Cup slalom race. Following his consecutive second-place finishes in giant slalom competitions in the luxurious resort town, Meillard overcame a first-run deficit to claim the top spot on Sunday with a remarkable combined time of one minute and 42.73 seconds. He managed to hold off Linus Strasser from Germany by a margin of 0.89 seconds, while Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen settled for third place. Unfortunately, France’s Clement Noel, who was the leader after the initial run, encountered difficulties on the course during his final attempt and did not complete the race.
In a post-race interview, Meillard expressed his feelings about the weekend, stating, “A long weekend, but very happy with how it went.”
Among the American participants, three athletes secured positions in the top 30, allowing them to proceed to the second run. Jett Seymour led the American contingent by finishing in 25th place, albeit trailing Meillard by four seconds.
Justin Alkier, hailing from Toronto, was unable to advance to the second run after clocking a time of 56.78.
This victory marked Meillard’s third triumph in World Cup events, with it being his first in the slalom discipline. Reflecting on his achievement, Meillard shared, “It took some time in slalom. I was always there but never quite in front. It’s amazing to do it and definitely in a tough race.”
The Swiss team had a remarkable showing over the weekend, with Marco Odermatt dominating the giant slalom races and fending off competition from Meillard. Odermatt had already secured both the season-long GS crown and his third consecutive overall World Cup title.
By winning the slalom in Aspen, Meillard now joins a prestigious group of accomplished skiers who have tasted victory in men’s World Cup events in the town. Notable names on this list include Billy Kidd (1968), Ingemar Stenmark (1976), Rudolf Nierlich (1991), Thomas Stangassinger (1998), Ivica Kostelic (2001), Mario Matt (2001), and Andre Myhrer (2017).
The snowy conditions on Sunday presented a challenging first run, resulting in 25 competitors failing to finish the demanding course, with one racer being disqualified. Meillard stood out as the only participant to complete the run within one second of Noel’s impressive opening performance.
Looking ahead, the men’s World Cup circuit is set to move to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for upcoming giant slalom and slalom events next weekend.

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