feb 07, 2012
OLYMPIC CHAMPION BILL DEMONG FASTEST IN THE SKI RUN
Extremely cold, extremely good! News of success for ATOMIC after the ice-cold weekend of the nordic athletes! Olympic Champion Bill Demong (USA) achieved the best time in the ski run at the world championships dress rehearsal of the nordic combined athletics in Val di Fiemme and finished on the podium after he ranked 17th after the jumping. ATOMIC Athlete Marthe Kristoffersen (NOR) also achieved 3rd place in the 10 km mass start race at the world cup in Rybinsk, Russia.
In Val die Fiemme, the 2009 combined world champion of Liberec proved his medal ambitions one year before the World Championships. After winning here last year too, Bill Demong achieved his first World Cup podium of this season in the Italian venue of the World Championships. The Olympic champion of 2010 was happy about his ATOMIC WORLD CUP SKATE HARDTRACK, “The ski run was super tight. I think I’ve never skied on such an extreme trail. My skis were perfect for these conditions.“
The 10 km race of Marthe Kristoffersen in ice-cold Russia was hard as bone as well. The Norwegian started with an enormous speed, when temperature was minus 19,3 degrees Celsius – it had almost reached the limits according to FIS regulations. She kept attacking and was rewarded with her first World Cup podium place of the season at the end of the race. In the overall World Cup ranking, Kristoffersen now ranks 7th.
Jörgen Aukland missed Ludwiglauf victory by 1,3 seconds
Jörgen Aukland continues his streak of success in the Worldloppet series after his victory at Marcialonga. The 36-year-old Norwegian using his ATOMIC WORLD CUP CLASSIC finished on place 3 at the 50 km König-Ludwig-Lauf – and only missed the winner by 1,3 seconds, “Minus 17 degrees Celsius were extremely cold – I was wearing two pairs of gloves and two layers of underwear. I also had some problems with my goggles. Considering all this, my performance was top.“ Aukland now ranks 2nd in the FIS Marathon Cup with 220 points after 4 out of 10 races.
In the ladies’ 23 km Classic race, ATOMIC racer Denise Herrmann won in 1:08:17,8. At the Swiss Championships in Campra, ATOMIC athlete Jonas Baumann won a gold medal.