Young Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen won his fourth World Cup race of the season over the weekend and now stands with 13 victories in slalom. Only Sweden’s legendary skier Ingemar Stenmark had more victories when he was the same age as Kristoffersen.
“It’s an honor to be compared to the greatest throughout time, like Stenmark,” the 22-year-old Kristoffersen told newspaper Aftenposten on Monday. “That’s incredibly cool.”
Sunday’s victory in Wengen gives him the same number of victories that he had at the same time last season. It started off much better than this season, when Kristoffersen sued the national skiing federation last fall for the right to have the name of a lucrative private sponsor on his helmet. The case still hasn’t been decided.
Now Kristoffersen stands a chance to win four more World Cup races this season, which would put him ahead of other skiing greats: Only Stenmark, Alberto Tomba and Marc Giradelli have won seven World Cup races in a single season.
“Everything’s possible, but it will difficult,” Kristoffersen said. He won six races last year, but he called that “extreme” and couldn’t expect to do it again. His rivals aren’t so sure, with Marcel Hirscher of Austria already saying last week that Norway’s Kristoffersen is now setting the standard in slalom.