MAR 14, 2016
Starting Wednesday at the World Cup Finals in St. Moritz four out of 12 Crystal Globes are still up for grabs.
In three of these scenarios Atomic-athletes are in the mix to go home with the Globe. The Women’s combined discipline has been decided last weekend with Michaela Kirchgasser carving to the podium with a runner-up finish in Lenzerheide.
In the speed disciplines there’s still a lot of excitement lingering after the World Cup stop in Kvitfjell. Five candidates in downhill and Super-G aim for Crystal Globes. After a tenth place finish in Kvitfjell, Peter Fill is leading the pack with the same score as the still injured Aksel Lund Svindal (who will come in first if the race on Wednesday needs to be cancelled). Only four points behind lurks Kvitfjell-winner Dominik Paris. In the Super-G, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (fourth in Kvitfjell) sits on a comfortable 37 and 40 point advantage over Vincent Kriechmayr and Kjetil Jansrud.
“The situation hasn’t really changed a lot. Our guys are still in the driver’s seat. It definitely will be very exciting!”
ATOMIC AND MARCEL ALREADY IN FUTURE MODE
For Marcel Hirscher the season’s finale is all about statistics. To claim an even more impres-ive personal points-record, the highest final score since Atomic-legend Hermann Maier (2000 points in the 1999/2000 season), the biggest margin over his closest competitor since 2001/02 (Atomic Hero Stephan Eberharter distanced Kjetil Andre Aamodt by 606 points that year), and his 40th World Cup victory which would draw him level with Pirmin Zurbriggen, the fifth-most succesful World Cup athlete of all time. At the same time the preparations for the World Championship season 2016/17 are ongoing. Christian Höflehner says, „We hope to have those negotiations concluded soon.“
CRASH, BOOM, PODIUM – MICHI KIRCHGASSER SECOND IN COMBINED
The Women’s race weekend in Lenzerheide gave Michaela Kirchgasser her second podium this winter. At the combined event that was effected by changing visibility, the Atomic-star defended her second place in the morning’s slalom. In the final rankings of the combined World Cup she also conquered the podium with a third place finish. „There was no real chance for capturing the Crystal Globe, so I don’t need to be angry. I left important points early in the season!“ says Kirchgasser. Tina Weirather on the other hand tries to take her small chance of winning Crystal Globe in the Super-G on Thursday. A win with Lara Gut finishing outside the Top 7 would seal the deal for Tina.