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Marco Odermatt is happy about his 10th giant slalom victory in a row. © ANSA / CHRISTIAN BRUNA

Done with the math: Odermatt is the overall World Cup winner

What kind of World Cup race was that on Californian snow? In the home race of all places, US boy River Radamus made it onto the podium for the first time. But the big hero is (again) Marco Odermatt, who beat Henrik Kristoffersen and raced to the crystal triumph.

Ski dominator Marco Odermatt won the giant slalom in Palisades Tahoe and thus secured early triumph in the overall World Cup rankings.

With the success in the USA on Saturday evening, the Swiss increased his lead in the ranking to more than 1000 points - meaning that the big crystal ball can no longer be taken away from him mathematically before the last ten races of the winter. The Swiss had already won the overall ranking in the previous two years.

“It was very close today.” Marco Odermatt

In the ski resort in California, the 26-year-old relegated the Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen (+0,12 seconds) to second place in a high-class duel. The American River Radamus (1,37) came third to the cheers of the spectators. He celebrated his first podium finish in the Ski World Cup.

River Radamus surprised everyone at Lake Tahoe. © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / SEAN M. HAFFEY

Odermatt won the tenth World Cup giant slalom in a row. “It was very close today,” said the winner. In the overall standings he is now 1001 points ahead of the Austrian Manuel Feller, who finished eighth. Due to Odermatt's performances this season and the injury-related absences of some of his rivals, there has long been no doubt that the Swiss will once again win the big crystal ball as the best of the year. Now this is also mathematically fixed.

Vinatzer best Azzurro

Italy's national team performed best on Saturday Alex Vinatzer away. After finishing 14th in the first run, he tried to put pressure on the skis right from the start, but still lost a lot of time in the crucial sections. In the end, the man from Val Gardena took 19th place.

Filippo Della Vite, the best Italian in the first round in twelfth place, took 22nd place, Luca De Aliprandini was eliminated. The Badia Valley Hannes Zingerle missed qualifying for the decision at Lake Tahoe in 34th place.

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