(CNN)While Mikaela Shiffrin is dominating women’s ski racing, Marcel Hirscher continues to cement his legacy as the greatest male racer of his generation — if not all time.
Hirscher beat France’s Alexis Pinturault in the two-run slalom in Croatia for the 30th slalom win of his career as he chases an unprecedented eighth World Cup overall title
The 29-year-old was beaten by Britain’s Dave Ryding in the heats of the Oslo parallel slalom last week and could only manage 26th in Italy before Christmas but his Zagreb victory puts him back on track.
“The last two races not scoring any points it’s making me nervous after all these years so I’m super happy I made it to the finish line today,” he told reporters.
However, Hirscher, the double Olympic gold medalist from PyeongChang 2018, has won five of the last six World Cup slalom titles and five of the last seven giant slalom season-ending crowns.
Having got married last June, and with the birth of the couple’s first child in October, Hirscher admits ski racing is “not the most important thing” in his life anymore, and has hinted at retirement in a year or so.
“It is hard keep this pace, to improve yourself every year,” he added. “It’s not just skiing, technique is changing, material is changing, the young generation is pushing even harder, I’m getting older so every year it’s a little bit harder to keep this pace up.”