February 14, 2015

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) The last race of the two-week world championships is the men's slalom on Sunday.

CHASING TOMBA

The last man to win giant slalom and slalom title at the same world championships was Alberto Tomba in 1996. American Ted Ligety could match that after winning the giant slalom on Friday.

2013 WORLDS SLALOM MEDALISTS

Gold, Marcel Hirscher, Austria. Silver, Felix Neureuther, Germany. Bronze, Mario Matt, Austria.

THE FAVORITES

Hirscher: Finished in the top three of five World Cup slalom races this season. Already won gold at these worlds in Alpine combined and in the team event. Finished runner-up in giant slalom.

Matt: The 2014 Olympic gold medalist from Sochi in the discipline. A recent training crash bruised his right ankle. He's ''getting better every day'' and plans to race.

Neureuther: Finished just off the podium in fourth during the giant slalom Friday. He leads the World Cup slalom standings this season.

DON'T FORGET

Alexander Khoroshilov, Russia: Won a World Cup slalom event in Austria on Jan. 27. Also finished third in a World Cup race at Sweden in December.

Victor Muffat-Jeandet, France: Keeps getting better and better in the slalom this season; has the speed to make a podium run.

QUOTABLE

''It's not easy. It was, of course, a tough fight training and racing at this altitude - it takes a lot of energy. It's basically part of the game.'' - Marcel Hirscher on winning three medals so far at Beaver Creek worlds.

FACTS & FIGURES

Hirscher looking to become first man to defend his slalom world title since Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark won three in a row (1978, `80, `82). ... Hirscher took third at a 2011 slalom race in Beaver Creek. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia won that day. ... At 35, Matt would be the oldest individual champion should he win. He would break the mark of fellow Austrian Hannes Reichelt, who was 34 when he earned the Super-G title earlier at these worlds. ... Khoroshilov trying to become first skier from Russia to win at worlds. ...Stefano Gross would be first Italian to win the men's slalom at worlds since Alberto Tomba in 1996.

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