MAR 13, 2018
Even on the penultimate World Cup weekend this winter most of the globes turned red. With 3rd place in the giant slalom and her win in the slalom the exceptional Redster talent Mikaela Shiffrin supremely clinched the overall and slalom leader board. This means that Atomic has already secured half of all the crystal globes and Sofia Goggia could provide the “absolute majority” in the final in Are. There’s
There’s no denying it: Mikaela Shiffrin has definitely looked more energetic than in her 11th win this season on Saturday in Ofterschwang, her 28th race this winter. “Sometimes I feel like I’m 80. This year it’s really difficult to muster up all my energy at the end of the season again”, the American admitted after World Cup win n° 42, a special one once again. Three days before her 23rd birthday, she surpassed the U23-record by Annemarie Moser-Pröll, and at the same time equalised with Anja Pärsson in 5th place in the all-time-greatest list. But this gave the giant slalom Olympic winner the slalom crystal globe for the fifth time in the last six years.
Even for Atomic Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner a reason for complete happiness is to successfully defend the title in the overall rankings, and only the double-double can top this. “To win both large crystal globes in two successive seasons that probably hasn’t happened very often in ski brand history. Mikaela and Marcel have performed flawlessly once again. As if it was a given, but it definitely isn’t. Some people gladly overlook this when they try to categorise their performance correctly. We can already look back on a dream season: five Olympic Golds, six crystal globes, perhaps even a seventh one.”
16 REDSTER EXPERTS IN THE FINAL; SOFIA GOGGIA IS FIGHTING FOR THE DOWNHILL CRYSTAL GLOBE
This seventh globe, which would give an absolute Redster majority in the competition for the crystal globes, could go to Sofia Goggia. The Olympic Gold downhill champion is entering the final showdown 23 points in the lead at the World Championship location for 2019. In total 17 Atomic athletes have qualified for the final in Are, 16 of them will be at the start: Mikaela Shiffrin (competing in GS and SL), Sofia Goggia, Stephanie Venier (AC, SG), Breezy Johnson (AC), Katharina Gallhuber (SL), Marcel Hirscher (SG, GS, SL), Manuel Feller (GS, SL), Max Franz, Mauro Caviezel, Andreas Sander (AC, SG), Thomas Tumler, Adrian Sejersted (SG), Filip Zubcic (GS), Marco Schwarz and Mattias Hargin (SL). Ester Ledecka will probably also compete in Sweden. As she has already won the overall and giant slalom snowboard World Cup, the super G Olympic champion will miss the final of the snowboard season in Winterberg to test the Alpine World Championship runs. Peter Fill, the winner in the Alpine combined, however will miss the final due to a suspected tear in his thigh muscle.
MICHAELA KIRCHGASSER WEAVED HER WAY INTO SKIING RETIREMENT IN HER DIRNDL
That the Redster Alpine Unit is also capable of big things at the end of the season was clearly proven at the weekend by Adrian Sejersted & co. In the men’s super G in Kvitfjell there were four Atomic athletes in the Top 10. In fourth place the 23 year old Norwegian missed his first podium place by only one hundredth of a second; Mauro Caviezel came in sixth, just like in the downhill. In the slalom in Ofterschwang, Katharina Gallhuber, who came third in the Olympics, achieved her best World Cup result in 5th place, after 2nd place at the interim. Michaela Kirchgasser also proved her stamina, both before and after her farewell race in a real Dirndl. After 17 World Cup seasons or 284 races Atomic manufactured and presented her with a special pair of “Kirchi” skis as a special thank you on her retirement.