Jan 25, 2012
NERVES OF STEEL: HIRSCHER'S FIRST HOME VICTORY
Top slalom performance and nerves of steel: ATOMIC star Marcel Hirscher achieved his 6th victory of the season in the night race of Schladming, which was his first victory in front of local audience. All of this happened after two drop outs in a row and the fuss about how he allegedly straddled a gate. ATOMIC supported Hirscher with the extra-light 'vultures beak' on the nose of the ski to prevent from straddling gates.
377 days before the World Ski Championships in Schladming, Marcel Hirscher performed a slalom masterpiece on his ATOMIC RACE 165 SL – with newly added ‘vultures’ beaks’ – in front of 45.000 enthusiastic spectators. He gained a head start of 75 hundredths of a second when he raced a time of 50,13 seconds in the first heat. ”For me, this heat was already a victory, no matter how the race would have ended. I was able to prove that I know how to ski. After the talk with Kostelic and Neureuther I feel relieved. We all can focus on the important things now.” In the second heat, he finished 22 hundredths ahead of the second best racer and thus celebrated his 9th World Cup victory.
ATOMIC Racing Director Rudi Huber paid his respects to the young ATOMIC athlete’s strong nerves, “It is incredible how much of a fair athlete Marcel is and how he can keep his cool after straddling a gate twice in a row in Wengen and Kitzbühel and the allegations some competitors confronted him with. The screwed on ‘vultures’ beaks’ made of a light, but especially hard plastic were also good for Marcel’s psyche.”
Marlies Schild leaves men astonished
ATOMIC slalom queen Marlies Schild did not only excite the audience on the Planai, but also her male colleagues. Marcel Hirscher watched her race on the monitor at the start. Her unofficially measured time (53,09 seconds) would have been good enough to qualify for the second heat as 25th. Benni Raich, who reached 9th place, praised his girlfriend, of whom he was ahead by 1,37 seconds in the first heat, “She is incredibly fast and what she radioed after her race was important information about the conditions of the slope.“