Third time lucky. Atomic’s exceptional athlete Marcel Hirscher achieved the third victory of the season at the slalom in Zagrab where conditions were extreme. He re-gained the tricot of the world cup leader! How the 70kg light racer was able to keep his half-time leadership on the flat Sljeme slope while the temperature was above 0 degrees – Atomic ski-tech Edi Unterberger and Marcel Hirscher answer themselves.
“Wow! It was really difficult to race here“, Marcel Hirscher smiled in the finish. “I was at the limit, almost dropping out. There is only one way under such conditions – top speed, otherwise you fall behind.“ After his half-time leadership, Hirscher was able to almost magically and acrobatically race the 10th best time in the second run on a rain-softened Sljeme, was ahead by 29 hundreds of a second and crowned himself to the Snow King of Zagreb, following ATOMIC star Marlies Schild’s example who crowned herself to the Snow Queen two days ago.
ENTHUSIASM PAIRED WITH PERFECT MATERIAL
It was a good omen for this year when Marcel Hirscher got number 1 in the draw. There are various reasons that for the 6th time in his World Cup career, number 1 appeared on the board next to his name by the end of the race. One of them is enthusiasm. “I just enjoy being in the mountains offside racing as well. I have fun skiing and everything’s going well“, Hirscher said about the mogul slope of Zagreb. Further reasons are perfect material and constant work on innovations. ATOMIC ski-tech Edi Unterberger, “We fine-tuned the setup extremely precisely for such extreme conditions. We had shortlisted 10 pairs of skis, and we tested a lot. This can not be compared to Beaver Creek or Alta Badia.“