Second after the first run, best time in the second run, forth World Cup victory, the first on US snow for the athlete from Salzburg. “The hard work has paid off. After the injury it was my goal to get back to where I had stopped“, ATOMIC star Marcel Hirscher said confidently after the race.
The conditions in Beaver Creek were extreme: -16 degrees C at the start, -10 in the finish, the course constantly changed between narrow and wide radii, some points were super-flat. These were not the best conditions for flyweight Marcel Hirscher. But if you have a serviceman like Edi Unterberger, who had already made ATOMIC legends like Hermann Maier and Stephan Eberharter fast, and the multitasking abilities of the ATOMIC setup! Unterberger, “We tried a lot. Marcel was really focused and motivated during testing. Our material meets all requirements to support the athlete optimally under different conditions. This is an important point for best times.“
The whole ATOMIC D2 Race unit showed an inspiring performance: Benjamin Raich, ranking 4th after the first run, was on his way to best time when he dropped out five gates before the finish – he had reached a top result with rank 8 in the super-G. Philipp Schörghofer, third in Sölden, was seventh despite mistakes, Carlo Janka facing back problems ranked 8th.
ATOMIC YOUNG GIRLS HAVE FUN
Tina Weirather, the 22-year-old Liechtensteiner, celebrated her first World Cup podium. After the victory in highly competitive giant slalom in Vail, she ranked 2nd and 10th in the downhills in Lake Louise and 12th in the super-G. US American Alice McKennis also had a lot of fun after overcoming her injury. She ranked 8th in the first downhill in Lake Louise – her best World Cup result so far!