dec 18, 2011


Young blood. The new generation of the Atomic D2 race let the young wild racers take off on the Saslong in Gröden. Max Franz (22) and Andreas Romar(22) achieved their best world cup results in their career ranking fifth and seventh. Jachim Puchner (24) and comeback racer Mario Scheiber (28) completed the solid atomic performance ranking eighth and ninth. Downhill has been cancelled due to strong wind.

“These young wild racers will please us a lot in future”, ATOMIC Racing Director Rudi Huber was excited about the ATOMIC Young Guns. Finn Andreas Roma fell hard during the second downhill training on the legendary Saslong. “My dad already wanted to book my flight back home, but I told him that I’d stay”, the grinning 1,92m-tall Romar admitted. Falling does not impress ATOMIC colleague Max Franz either. “A femur fracture in 2007, 2009 in Beaver Creek a cruciate ligament fracture – but I am done with this and now make my way to the top step by step.” And this is a true statement that can be confirmed when checking the results. In all five races of this season, Max Franz gained World Cup points and ranked better each time.


Despite place 8, Joachim Puchner was not entirely satisfied. "The material was ingenious. Tom Bürgler also takes care of Max' skis. I didn’t get to ski some passages the way you should. I’ll do a better job in the downhill tomorrow!” He could not because of strong wind – after 21 Starters downhill has been stopped and cancelled. ATOMIC comeback racer Mario Scheiber did a good job at Gröden. Place 9 in his 100th race was his 36th top-10 result. Welcome back, Mario!