Mar 17, 2014
TRIPLE FOR MARCEL, DOUBLE FOR MIKAELA: 45 ATOMIC PODIUMS
BEST OF ATOMIC 13/14! What a final, what a winter! The two superstars of the Atomic team secured the perfect ending of a successful season in today’s World Cup Final in Lenzerheide: for the third time in a row, Marcel Hirscher won the overall world cup and remains the best racer (and slalom racer) in the world. Mikaela Shiffrin won the slalom crystal globe in addition to her gold medal in Sochi. In 2013/14, Atomic athletes secured 45 podiums.
Gustav Thöni – Ingemar Stenmark – Phil Mahre – and now: Marcel Hirscher! His third win in a row of the Overall World Cup at the age of only 25 allows him to be part of the Hall of Fame of ski history. Physical fitness, mental strength and intelligent racing – even in the very last run of this exciting winter Marcel Hirscher was able to combine his skills to an impressive performance. Thus, in addition to his third big crystal globe, he also won his third small crystal globe (Slalom World Cup victory 2013/14). It was not his success alone, as he emphasized after his triple: “I thank my team! We have pulled together; such results are not possible otherwise.”
MIKAELA SHIFFRIN: OLYMPIC AND WORLD CUP WINNER IN SLALOM
There is also a female equivalent to the impressive Marcel Hirscher story. Aged only 19 and at the beginning of her career, Mikaela Shiffrin has already realized the “Triple of Dreams”: World Champion, Olympic Champion, Slalom World Cup winner. In addition to the gold medal in Sochi, Mikaela also won five out of eight World Cup races and thus crystal globe # 2 in a row. The secret of her success sounds refreshingly simple: “Getting better a little bit every day.” A pleasing fact: The two superstars also use ATOMIC helmets in addition to their Redster setup (ski, boots, binding); Marcel Hirscher also uses Revel goggles by Atomic.
GREAT ATOMIC performance throughout the season
Marcel’s triple, Mikaela’s double, 5 victories each: the crowning highlights in a winter with many great moments. Atomic athletes took 45 World Cup podiums – 16 victories, 13 times 2nd place, 16 times 3rd place.
Best of, next to the triple victory of the Redster ladies (silver for Marlies Schild, bronze for Kathrin Zettel in the Olympic slalom) and Marcel Hirscher’s silver medal in Sochi: Prior to her bitter injury at the Olympics, Tina Weirather had managed to take 10 podium places in four disciplines, she had won twice. Marlies Schild and Eric Guay won two World Cup races each. Benni Raich’s return to the podium with his 2nd place in Kranjska Gora was one of the many moments of jubilation for the Atomic team in this winter.
NAMES OF ATOMIC ATHLETES WE HAVE TO REMEMBER
There are also many success stories of the next generation of the Atomic team – names to remember for the future: Adrian Smiseth-Sejersted won gold in the downhill and silver in the super combined at the Junior World Championships, Daniel Danklmaier silver (Super G). Nora Grieg Christensen won her fourth medal, silver in the women’s downhill.
Thomas Tumler (Switzerland) ahead of Victor Muffat (France) – double success in the Europa Cup for Atomic racers. Tumler’s EC victory allows him to participate in Super G in the World Cup next season.