WATCH: Olympian Overcomes a Major Fault to Win First Alpine Ski World Cup Race Post Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Published 02/26/2022, 11:51 AM EST

The FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, the ultimate international ski circuit competition, has resumed. After the world’s athletes left the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022, they are now back in their Alpine Ski World Cup race events.

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Despite being an Olympic medalist, Norwegian alpine skier, Henrik Kristoffersen hadn’t won a World Cup slalom in over a year. However, that changed today, as he managed to win his first race after the Olympics.

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Moreover, the win was even more emphatic, as he nearly failed right in the very beginning but managed to come back and win.

Kristoffersen wins first Alpine Ski World Cup race in a year

Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen failed to medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. However, he has hit the ground (or ice) running at the FIS World Cup.

Today, he won his first Alpine Ski World Cup race in over a year’s time. Suffice to say, Kristoffersen must be elated to finally catch a break and come out with a win. However, it could have gone all wrong for the 27-year-old, as he almost faltered right at the beginning of his run.

Nevertheless, he put on a display of his fighting spirit by making up for his early mistake in his run. Kristoffersen went down the hill as fast as he could in his second run of the Alpine Ski World Cup race. Even though he was behind the leader of the first run during the middle two sectors of his downhill run, he made it to the finish line 0.14 seconds ahead of the fastest score.

Henrik’s elation was quite apparent as he roared victoriously at the bottom of the hill. Moreover, his grin ran across from ear-to-ear as he stood highest atop the podium and raised his hands in triumph.

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“They did a really good job with the conditions,” Kristofferson said. “The pitch was really nice to ski, so great job to the organizer to fix such a good hill,” the skier appreciated the pitch conditions.

Fans are happy to see Henrik back

It had been a while since Henrik Kristoffersen finished a race with a podium position. Now when he has, some of his fans took to Twitter to share their happiness.

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“So happy to see Henrik back on the podium!” a fan wrote. Then, they expressed their hope and desire to see the Norwegian skier “finish the season strong”. Additionally, they followed up their Tweet with a gold medal emoji along with an emoji of the Norwegian flag.

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Another fan reacted to the clip of Kristoffersen’s winning run-through comments, writing “mega!”, followed by several ‘celebration’ emojis. Similarly, yet another fan wrote “bravo!” for Henrik’s performance.

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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