Altenmarkt. What a winter, what a perfect show by the Atomic team. With only 24 years Marcel Hirscher remains the world’s best skier: overall World Cup winner, double World Champion and silver medalist at the World Ski Championships, 23 races, 21 podium results, slalom crystal globe. Mikaela Shiffrin, only 18 years old, is World Champion and World Cup Winner, she is the new #1 in slalom. Here’s a summery of the magic moments of the Atomic team of the 12-13 season and the names of the new generation in the Redster era.
Young, fast, smart: Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher turned this World Ski Championships winter into a ski spectacle of superlatives. Seven-time winner, second in eleven races, third in three races (including his two gold medals and the silver medal win at the World Ski Championships in Schladming), top-3 results in each and every single of the eleven slalom races of the season: Marcel Hirscher was able to top himself even in the first winter after his big breakthrough. Winner of the overall World Cup with 1,535 point, gained only in the technical disciplines, he was able to improve by 180 points compared to last season. Thanks to an all-time record of 960 slalom points the crystal globe can now be found at his home. What is more: Marcel was the first athlete ever to experience such a series of success on skis developed by himself, the Redster Icon Series. “It will take some time until I have fully realized what I managed to achieve. I wouldn’t have thought that this was possible. I was the one who raced down. But there are many, so many people that contributed to my success.“
THANK YOU, TEAM: THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ATOMIC WINTER
“I am part of a successful team,“ this is also how Mikaela Shiffrin, feels. When the season started, many hopes were pinned on her. Now she returned to the USA as the new slalom superstar; she was a guest at the David Letterman Show and from then on known by millions of people. Mika was able to perform a series similar to Marcel’s using Redster boots and skiers: five victories, World Champion, slalom crystal globe. It was also a top season for Kathrin Zettel with one victory and seven podium results. Gold in the team event, silver in slalom: Michi Kirchgasser was the most successful female Atomic athlete at the World Ski Championships. Tina Weirather won the Super-G in Garmisch, which was her first World Cup victory; Niki Schmidhofer and Bernadette Schild finished on the podium for the first time. Prior to her injury Marlies Schild contributed to the list of Redster successes with a 2nd place. Werner Heel, Eric Guay, Max Franz and Joachim Puchner achieved six top-3 results in the speed events.
AAMODT AND THE REST OF THE NEXT GENERATION
At this point, where double overall World Cup winner and double World Champion Marcel Hirscher only still misses an Olympic medal in his collection at the early age of 24, the next generation of the Atomic team has already formed. Gold in Giant Slalom at the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships and overall winner of the Europa Cup: The Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde managed to do what Marcel Hirscher did in 2008. Further medal winners at the Junior World Ski Championships: Endre Bjertess and Adrian Sejersted-Smitseth (NOR) as well as Gino Gaviezel (SUI).