jan 22, 2012
FIRST SLALOM VICTORY FOR MICHAELA KIRCHGASSER
Winning feels so great! ATOMIC lady Michaela Kirchgasser won her first World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora only a few days after she returned from a break caused by a knee injury. The athlete from Salzburg knew well how to replace Marlies Schild, who dropped out in the first heat. Kathrin Zettel impressively improved from place 17 to place 5.
The series of ATOMIC model athlete Marlies Schild came to an end after 5 victories in a row, but the ATOMIC RACE 158 SL continued its series of victory – and this time it was due to Michaela Kirchgasser. The 26-year-old athlete from Salzburg celebrated her first slalom victory in a ”Schild manner“ and achieved two best times on the slippery slope of Kranjska Gora. Her ATOMIC ski-tech Wolfgang Moser was enthusiastic, “It’s a little miracle after her injury (bone bruise of the tibial plateau) in the slalom of Zagreb. Today’s slope was extremely difficult. The right setup was very important for stability. I am so happy that it has finally worked out.” This was Kirchgasser’s second World Cup victory after the giant slalom in Sierra Nevada in 2007.
Kathrin Zettel caught up brilliantly with the new setup. She ranked 17th after the first heat, but achieved the second best time in the second heat behind her ATOMIC colleague Kirchgasser and thus ranked 5th in the end.
10th place for Benni Raich in Kitzbühel
After the 3rd place in the first heat in Kitzbühel, ATOMIC star Marcel Hirscher dropped out in the second heat as he was on his way to another best time. Benjamin Raich reached place 10 on the extremely difficult Ganslernhang (masses of fresh snow first, then degrees above zero).