Henrik Kristoffersen took the opening men’s slalom race of the 2020 season in Levi, Finland, on Sunday, setting the stage for an exciting season of men’s slalom with several top contenders for the title emerging. After a frustrating start to the season in Sölden and a 4th place in the first run, many eyes were on the 25-year-old Norwegian ski star. Kristoffersen skied a masterful second run to vault himself into the first place. "Today was a good day, it was definitely a step in the right direction. I am Super happy about the skiing down the piste in the second run, I was on the limit there are still things you can do better but I’m really happy to start off like this", Kristoffersen said.
Henrik Kristoffersen was joined on the podium by Frenchman Clement Noel (+ 0.09) in second and Switzerland’s Daniel Yule (+ 0.18) in third after a snowy second run. It’s the fifth slalom World Cup podium for Clement Noel, who continues his positive streak from last season. Daniel Yule writes history with his third place, becoming the first Swiss man to finish on the podium in the Finnish venue and improving his 6th place from last year.
Dave Ryding in the second position after the first run made a mistake in the second run and skied out, preventing his nation to score its first-ever World Cup win.
Alexis Pinturault didn't qualify for the second run. Henrik Kristoffersen is now leading the overall ranking, 13 points ahead of Pinturault.