JAN 25, 2016
Mister Fill Good. The Redster Unit was close to its best at the highlight of the season. Atomic veteran Peter Fill raced towards immortality on the brutal Hahnenkamm track. Tina Weirather played the tragic lead role in Cortina’s version of „Gone With the Wind“. And Marcel Hirscher, racking up his 82nd career podium, has to deal with a new competitor in the fight for the „big globe“.
“To have the duel with Aksel Lund Svindal decided under these circumstances, is the last thing we desired. We wish him and all other injured athletes like Atomic stalwart Max Franz only the best and hope they will come back quickly. The ski circuit needs those high profile athletes”, said Atomic Race Director Christian Höflehner after the Kitzbühel-event. Yet for the Redster-team the weekend has taken some positive turns.
PETER FILL: „HAPPY TO STAND HERE IN ONE PIECE“
The emotional highlight was Peter Fill’s second World Cup victory. His first came in November 2008 in Lake Louise – in his first ever race on Atomic skis. 2611 long days later the 33-year-old saved his best for the Hahnenkamm. In his 301st World Cup race, on the 2nd birthday of his son Leon Fill’s precision paved the way for immortality. In any of the 8 intermediates the head to toe Atomic athlete (skis, bindings and shoes) was in the Top-6. Christian Höflehner: “I’ve been telling this before every speed race of the season: Watch out for Fill! To have him win in the most important race of the winter, I really have to pay respect to him. Particularly when everyone could see how tough it was to win this downhill race. We are very proud to have Peter as part of our Atomic-family.” The subtle hero from Kastelruth who is now a serious contender for the downhill globe, was overwhelmed with emotions:
“3 years ago I crashed here on the Streif. Still I was going full risk and now a dream came true. I have to admit though I’m really happy to stand here in one piece.”
NEW DUEL IN THE MAKING: MARCEL VS. HENRIK
Only a few centimeters were missing for two more moments of glory for the Redster-unit. On Friday in the combined event Marcel Hirscher threaded on the way to victory. In the Slalom on Sunday spearheading a super strong red armada (defending champion Mattias Hargin on 4th place, Marco Schwarz ninth) Marcel was trailing Henrik Kristoffersen only by 3 hundreds of a second. After the injury of compatriot Aksel Lund Svindal the Norwegian is now also Marcel’s main competitor in the overall World Cup. Christian Höflehner: „The chances are better for Marcel, in particular showing top slalom form again in Kitzbühel after two crashes in a row.“ After his tenth podium at half point of the season the Redster-icon leads by 118 points with the next big showdown coming up on Tuesday in Schladming.
FOLLOW THE HERO: LAST CHANCE
Even more exciting is the race for the Hirscher fans in the quest for winning a day with their hero. Only on Monday and Tuesday at the summit station of the Planai the fans can take pictures and selfies with the look-alike dummy. Upload on Facebook, include the right hashtag (#followthehero #weareskiing) and share on your Facebook-profile.
„GONE WITH THE WIND“: TINA IS FIGHTING BACK
Finally Atomic Power Girl Tina Weirather was present on a victory picture after her second place finish in the Super-G of Cortina. On the day before in the downhill she got blown away by the wind in the top section where she lost 0,80 seconds to Lindsey Vonn. The 26-year-old was winning a lot of hearts and sympathies after her 4th place finish only to fight back on the next day. „I was still full of anger but I’ve been able to convert it into my today’s performance“, smiled Tina after her first podium of the season.