“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: