JAN 14, 2016
START OF THE IMPORTANT COMPETITIONS FOR ATOMIC SKI MOUNTAINEERS. THE ATHLETES ARE TOP MOTIVATED AND THE MATERIAL IS PREPARED FOR THE FIRST EVENT OF THE NEW WORLD CUP SEASON NEXT WEEKEND.
With a team of seven top-athletes from seven different countries, the Austrian ski manufacturer starts into the new season, the first event of which will take place in form of the ISMF World Cup in Andorra next weekend. Five World Cup stations, including the European Championship in Italy and four La Grand Course events are scheduled and will be taken part by the different athletes individually.
DAMIANO LENZI (ITA)
Having arrived at the ATOMIC team only in 2015, 28 year-old Damiano Lenzi has definitely brought with him the greatest benefit. Being the winner of the overall World Cup, the allround-talent started into the summer break. However, a Mountainbike accident made full training for 2016 impossible: „After my break, I do not have as many hours of training as usually, but still, my physical shape is good. At last weekend's Italian Championships I did not manage to see the finishing line; nevertheless, I feel well and plan to compete in all categories. For the first World Cup race, my personal goal is to finish in the Top10 ranking, and I am sure that my full potential will be coming back within the season.“
MIREIA MIRO (ESP)
Having spent the summer working in an alpine hut and practicing her hobby Basejumping, 27 year-old Mireia Miro has only started full winter-specific training in October: „In form of hiking and rollerskiing I have launched out into training; then, at the end of November, I have switched to the skis. While I am planning to participate in all Vertical and Individual races as well as the whole Grand Course, this will surely be hard for me. Therefore, I will decide race after race how to proceed. My goals are one Top5 rank in the Individual World Cup, and one Top10 rank in the Vertical World Cup.“
“ATOMIC needs no presentation. It’s a ski top brand, people working there are very passionate and professional.”
IWAN ARNOLD (SUI)
A new entrant at the team is the 24 year-old Swiss Iwan Arnold. Highly motivated by 2 medals at the last years Swiss located World Championship Arnold brims with Power: „All summer I have been on the road cycle and started as early as August to train on skis. From present view, I want to take part in any World Cup race, also at the complete Grand Course. At the vertical races I expect to jump into Top 20, at the Sprint races my goal is to climb into the finals.“
TONI LAUTENBACHER (GER)
The 24 year-old German Toni Lautenbacher has not been able to compete in the last weeks due to a skiing accident in the beginning of November. After the cure went well, he is planning to come back in the course of the season: „In two weeks maximum I can fully use my leg again, and I am already in strength and endurance training right now. I have also tried the skis, but there is still room for improvement. My goal is to be back for the European Championship Vertical and maybe also for the Sprint in February.“
DANIEL ZUGG (AUT)
The 23 year-old A-squad athlete has had a successful and intense preparation, but after being ill at the beginning of the season, he could only start competing last week. Finishing third in the Austrian Championship Vertical, however, he could show that he is back for good: „I lack of the last interval-trainings and hard training sessions. But apparently, the break in training has had beneficial effects, and now, at the beginning of the season, I am top fit, looking forward to Andorra at the weekend.“
ATOMIC ABOUT THE NEW LINE-UP
The company, situated in Austrian "Altenmarkt", has been preparing meticulously for the start of the racing season, says Patrick Tritscher: „Atomic is starting into the World Cup-season with a very strong athlete- and material-setup. Damiano Lenzi (ITA) and Mireia Miro (ESP) are experienced athletes, who fight for the podium in every competition. I am sure that Daniel Zugg (AUT) can tie in with his performances from last year, and that he will have a say in the Espoir-category. Samuel Equy (FRA) is definitely able to achieve good results in the Juniors category and seems to be promising for the future. Concerning Toni Lautenbacher's (GER) injury, we will see in how far he will be able to develop after the preparation time for the season. He can let the season approach without pressure and only again surprise us positively. We are happy with the new cooperation with Iwan Arnold (CH). He is strong in Sprint competitions and has potential in all other categories. Above all, Atomic has now also got an athlete in the important ski mountaineering market Switzerland to be in the focus of interested consumers."
In order to provide the best material for their athletes, the development department has been working diligently. The result: the new Blackland UL 65. Tritscher adds: „The new Blackland UL 65 is following the very successful Ultimate-series. A new shovel configuration improves the handling on difficult snow conditions, Fiber-Grid strengthens the construction, and the weight could be held on absolute top-level. Particular attention is drawn to the adherence of performance parameters in the production process to ensure maximum support in downhill. Furthermore, the Rocker Skins have been optimised. Already in the second half of last season, some renewals were tested and are now in full use. In this area, we certainly have an ace in our sleeve. What is important is the constant contact to the athletes. When it comes to the development of skis, we have everything in our hands, so our ideas can be implemented and tested quickly. Often, these improvements also incorporated into the related models Blackland UL 78 and Blackland UL 85. By the way, these are often used by athletes in training."