Atomic athlet Kilian Jornet won on January 13, 2012 for the second consecutive time the Mountain Attack in Saalbach/Austria. Jornet shines in top form before the beginning of the world cup season.
Participants of the 14th Mountain Attack competition in Saalbach Hinterglemm were battling an icy storm and heavy snowfall. The marathon course extending over 3,000 meters of difference in altitude was even shortened, with the 600 participating athletes struggling with strong wind, limited visibility and temperatures well below zero.
Spanish ATOMIC athlete Kilian Jornet entered the race as the defending champion. Despite his role as the favorite, he maneuvered a careful start. Orientation proved difficult during the first ascent and the first downhill stretch due to limited visibility and the prevailing storm brought extremely cold temperatures. Together with the Italian Michele Boscacci, Kilian was the first to cross the finish line on Schattberg despite such difficult conditions. The two stayed close together in this extremely difficult stretch of the race. Only after successfully mastering the shortened Zwölferkogel course - the final 400 meters of difference in altitude were replaced by an exhausting skating - Kilian gave everything and pulled ahead of Boscacci on the second lag of the course. After 2:17:14 hours he crossed the finish line in Saalbach, three minutes ahead of the Italian contestant.
Jornet had the following to say about his victory: "I am overjoyed about winning the Mountain Attack again. The competition was much stronger this year than last year and the long and steep ascents were easier to climb this year. The wind and the poor visibility during the downhill runs were the biggest challenge. With the powdery, soft snow the new Ultimates with Rocker profile proved a perfect partner affording effortless downhill stretches.
As early as Sunday, Jornet will participate in the Spanish individual championships and on the following weekend he will be competing in the World Cup opening event in Andorra.