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Austria’s Hirscher Wins Ski Slalom Where Official Dies

Marcel Hirscher won the night slalom at Madonna di Campiglio in Italy, where a course official died of an apparent heart attack.

The Austrian skier moved into second place in the overall World Cup ski standings, in which he is the defending champion.

An official assigned to make sure racers go around each gate correctly died of apparent cardiac arrest during the first run, the Associated Press reported, citing race organizers.

Hirscher completed the two runs on the Canalone Miramonti course in a combined 1 minute, 42.5 seconds, beating runner-up Felix Neureuther of Germany by 1.67 seconds. Japan’s Naoki Yuasa was third at 1:44.78, followed by Sweden’s Andre Myhrer at 1:44.84.

American Ted Ligety, who has four giant slalom wins this year, was ninth at 1:45.54. He’s now 10th in the slalom standings and third overall with 537 points, trailing Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal (614 points) and Hirscher (560).

The 23-year-old Hirscher moved to the top of the slalom standings with 240 points, 40 points ahead of Myhrer.

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