Merry christmas! The season is now 24 races in and we’re proud to say it has been a great start for the Atomic team.
ON TOP IN THE TECHNICAL EVENTS
Marcel has been leading the Atomic charge: Even his 7th place in yesterday’s Slalom doesn’t change the fact he’s been on dominant form, with four wins, one second and one third place so far. But, even more encouraging has been the performance of the whole technical team. Immediately after the night Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, Christan Höflehner, Atomic Alpine Racing Manager, gave his opinion on the first 24 World Cup races of the season:
“We can be very, very satisfied when it comes to the technical events. Marcel’s perfor-mance can hardly be topped; his dominance in the Giant Slalom is impressive. Kathrin Zettel was on the podium in four out of six races. Just like last year, Mikaela Shiffrin won the Giant Slalom in Sölden. Her flow phase will come in January. It’s quite likely she might be on the podium in Kühtai before the turn of the year.”
Also Benni Raich’s strong performance in the Giant Slalom, as well as Michaela Kirchgasser’s constant top performances were highlights. Christian Höflehner also told us that the new Atomic team member Mattias Hargin has shown “that he has been handling the Red-ster set-up very well within little time.”
Höflehner commented he was very happy with the 7th place that our Croatian flyer, Filip Zubicic, managed in Alta Badia: “To be able to show such a performance at the age of 20, in perhaps the most difficult Giant Slalom of the year, is something that gives you a great push.”
NEW REDSTER SKIS FOR THE SPEED UNIT
The Atomic speed unit has had a strong start to the season, too. They’re now looking for that last tiny bit of extra speed to get them onto the top of the podium – and an enhanced Redster series for 2015 should provide that boost.
Christian Höflehner said, “A new Redster series with a technological innovation in the in-ternal structure is ready. And we are sure we’ve taken the skis to a new level, just as we did with the Giant Slalom skis.”
The challenge now, he says, is practice. “Our athletes need the opportunity to test the new material.” But this should be possible as early as the men’s downhill in Santa Caterina, when there are two training runs scheduled. And Höflehner is hopeful:
“Max Franz, Peter Fill, Travis Ganong, Marco Sullivan, Werner Heel: they are very close to victories and podiums. The last momentum has been missing so far, but we should strongly contribute with the enhanced speed model series.”
Finally, one of the most positive developments for the Atomic Alpine Racing Manager has been Tina Weirather’s return to form after the injury that forced her out of the Olympics: “Tina Weirather returned to the podium in Lake Louise. For her – and for us – this is a clear message: She is back on the right track.”