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It’s not the largest athlete team in the World Cup, but the Redster Unit is the most successful by far. Thanks to two absolute shining stars of the century. And to a star line up, which isn’t complete due to injury, but still proves weekend after weekend how much potential there is in this Atomic team. So would all the Redster heroes from the races on the Lauberhorn and in Cortina d’Ampezzo please come onto the winning podium for a group photo! Standing ovations for: Mikaela Shiffrin, Marco Schwarz, Marcel Hirscher, Stephanie Venier and for Manuel Feller plus the athletes of the future.
If, in the Atomic team, you had to associate the reliability of performance with one word, then it’d be excellence. The races on the Kronplatz, in Wengen and Cortina d´Ampezzo had yet again a lot to offer. The top performance of the Redster top stars in fast motion, Atomic Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner analyses the strengths of his top athletes.
FLAWLESS MIKAELA AGAIN
After her 2nd place in her favorite Slalom in Flachau there was a minimal drop in her energy levels but now with her wins in Kronplatz (GS) and Cortina d’Ampezzo (Super G) the full force of her superiority can be seen again. Mikaela Shiffrin is now leading in the Slalom, GS, Super G and Overall World Cup (by 596 points in the lead) In the Super G she’s won all the races she’s started in. This winter she has raced in 18 races, and her score card is nearly unbelievable, she’s won 12 of them. She’s come second twice, one third, two fourth, one fifth place, and once in the Downhill in Lake Louise, she came ninth. Christian Höflehner says “In her case you can see what an exceptional talent of the century she is and how perfect conditions create a great overall picture, the statistics just speak for themselves.” Mikaela says: “Such a season is only possible if you can trust your material 100%.”
MAGIC MARCO AGAIN
For a long time, after the ultimate Redster ski superstar Marcel Hirscher, the backdrop in the Skiing World Cup looked like nothing would come for a long time. But in the shadows of the super heroes the next heroes were already being developed. Like athletes such as Marco Schwarz. On New Year’s Day he won the city event in Oslo, had the lead in Zagreb and Flachau at half time in the Slalom (but unfortunately didn’t finish it). And in the GS in Adelboden he skied from an extremely high start number into 7th place. And since Friday he can now call himself a Lauberhorn winner, after winning the Combined with a solid Slalom and mega Downhill performance. His skiing potential is enormous. “And if there’s going to be a Hirscher successor at the same level, then it’s him, as his performance is becoming more and more stable,” says Höflehner.
COURAGEOUS MANU AGAIN
Manuel Feller also has the material to be a winner. In the Slalom in Wengen he was only eight hundredths off his first ever World Cup win. “We can clearly see that he’s becoming more and more confident,” says Christian Höflehner. He’s got the wild guy from Tyrol in his sights for both the home races in Kitzbühel and Schladming.
MIGHTY MARCEL AGAIN
After training on the Reiteralm Marcel Hirscher, the 29 year old Atomic icon was more enthusiastic than he’s been for a long time. After the first run in the Wengen Slalom just the opposite. “If you don’t risk anything, then you can’t win anything,” Marcel said as he tossed his complete setup aside yet again (skis and inner boots) and fought his way back from a big time deficit from the first run to within a tenth of a second of his next heroic deed. With 3rd place in Wengen he’s the superior leader in the Overall, Slalom and GS World Cup classifications. And just a little bit away from a breakthrough with his setup.
IN THE ATOMIC TEAM LOTS OF RACERS ARE READY TO WIN
“After Kitzbühel there are six Slalom racers in the Top 30,” Christian Höflehner Atomic Global Race Manager is happy. What about the speed events? “It’s only a matter of time before Mauro Caviezel (4th in the combined in Wengen, 7th in the Downhill) rakes in the big points.” In the Ladies Stephanie Venier (third in the first Cortina Downhill) is back on the podium and the speed queen Sofia Goggia is just about to make her comeback. Kitzbühel is the highlight for the men this week and the ladies speed races in Garmisch are the last possibility for tickets to the World Championships next month.