World Cup leader Hirscher returns to race super-G

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CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) -- The Austrian ski federation says Alpine World Cup overall leader Marcel Hirscher will start his first super-G race in more than two years on Friday.

Hirscher had said it was "not interesting" to race speed events this season while consistently posting good results in slalom and giant slalom.

Now he has changed tactics ahead of a 10-day run featuring four super-G races at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, and Kvitfjell, Norway.

With 100 points awarded for victory, Hirscher has a 52-point advantage in the standings over Swiss speed specialist Beat Feuz, who won a super-G in December at Val Gardena, Italy.

Defending champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia trails Hirscher by 12 points but is sidelined after knee surgery.