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Marco Odermatt sets World Cup points record with GS win


SOLDEU, Andorra — Swiss skier Marco Odermatt broke the 23-year-old men’s record for most World Cup points in a single season Saturday after dominating the giant slalom at the World Cup Finals.

Odermatt won the race by a massive 2.11 seconds over second-place Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway.

The victory lifted Odermatt’s tally to 2,042 points and past the previous mark of 2,000 set by Austrian great Hermann Maier in the 1999-2000 season.

The overall record, between men and women, is held by Slovenian standout Tina Maze, who accrued 2,414 points when she won the women’s overall title in 2013.

“Today it wasn’t easy. I was nervous again because of those damn 2,000 points,” Odermatt said. “Now with another victory, more than two seconds ahead, I don’t know what to say.”

Odermatt, who is the Olympic champion, matched another best mark with his 13th win of the season. No male skier has ever won more races in one campaign, and only Maier, Ingemar Stenmark and Marcel Hirscher achieved the feat in the past.

The overall record for wins in a season is held by Mikaela Shiffrin, who won 17 times on her way to the 2018-19 women’s overall title.

Odermatt had already successfully defended his overall title and secured the super-G and giant slalom discipline globes.

On Saturday, the Swiss standout posted the second-fastest time in his final run as he built on his clear lead from the first run, when he was 1.09 seconds faster than Alexis Pinturault. The French skier dropped to eighth.

Kristoffersen ranked only eighth after the opening leg before climbing to second position. Marco Schwarz of Austria finished 2.29 behind in third.

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