Hirscher faces injured rivals for WCup title



KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher of Austria is healthy heading into the final regular-season weekend of the World Cup, while his two remaining competitors for the overall title struggle with injury.

Leader Beat Feuz of Switzerland has been battling a sore left knee for weeks and is doubtful for Saturday’s giant slalom. Defending champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia is expected to return after missing almost four weeks because of knee surgery.

Hirscher, who trails Feuz by 115 points and leads Kostelic by 92, says it doesn’t make much of a difference to him whether his rivals start or not. He says he will “race to my maximum, independent of who else is competing.”

The GS is followed by a slalom on the same Podkoren course on Sunday, before the World Cup finals next week in Schladming, Austria.