SOELDEN, Austria | A family man now, Hirscher still favorite for overall title

SOELDEN, Austria | A family man now, Hirscher still favorite for overall title

SOELDEN, Austria— Marcel Hirscher‘s offseason preparations have been seriously hindered for a second straight year.

But few doubt it will affect the Austrian’s chances of winning his eighth overall World Cup title in a row, with the new Alpine skiing season getting underway this weekend.

Last year, Hirscher fractured an ankle bone during his first day on snow in August, forcing him to sit out the entire prep period.

Still, he ended up winning 13 World Cup races, more than in any season before, and easily earned his seventh crystal globe, while adding two Olympic gold medals in Pyeongchang.

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