Marcel Hirscher, the charismatic 23 year old Austrian, has claimed the 2012 Skieur d'Or Award
(also known as the Serge Lang Trophy) at the annual presentation before the opening race of
the World Cup season at Solden.
Hirscher, from Annaberg-Lungotz in Salzburg, had a fantastic 2011-12 season, claiming the
coveted Overall title, holding off the challenge of another rising star, the Swiss racer Beat Feuz,
by a margin of just 25 points. Hirscher also claimed the Giant Slalom title and was third in the
Many thought fellow Austrian Klaus Kroell was in with a shout of the award following his heroics
last season in claiming the downhill title, but his nearest rivals for the award were actually
Didier Cuche (it was the Swiss star's final season), Cuche's young compatriot Beat Feuz,
and 2009 winner (and perennial Skieur d'Or nominee!) Lindsey Vonn.
Nearly 50 years after 24 year old Austrian Egon Zimmermann was named the first ever recipient
of the Skieur d'Or award, Hirscher joins the ranks of great Austrian skiers who have won the
title in the last decade - Benjamin Raich, Hermann Maier, Stephan Eberharter, whilst also
joining legendary skiers Karl Schranz and Franz Klammer who also received the award.