FEB 22, 2016
Glimmering perspective. One day after the worst downhill result of her entire World Cup career Redster queen Tina Weirather took revenge in the Super-G racking up her fifth World Cup victory and the first one this season. In Chamonix Peter Fill improved his chances of winning the first crystal globe in his long-lasting career.
5 x 5 = 25, makes sense! The fifth podium this season and her fifth World Cup victory in the Super-G of La Thuile earned Tina Weirather her 25th career top result in the World Cup circuit. Even more impressive than the math was the fact coming back strong after the 26-year-old had to deal with her worst ever result in a downhill event the day before. The difference between position 35 and 1? A blind flight on Saturday, good ground visibility on Sunday. The reverse result can be derived from her injury history. “On Sunday also the perfect equipment helped me a lot - a big thank you to my serviceman Klaus Huttegger”, smiled the Atomic-athlete who kept her cool in temperatures over 10 degrees with soft snow conditions. In the end Tina distanced herself from her peers by more than half of a second.
PETER FILL CAN CLAIM FIRST GLOBE BY HIS OWN EFFORTS
Atomic speed specialist Peter Fill who has been racing with equipment from Altenmarkt since 2007 has improved his chances of winning the downhill globe at the races in Chamonix. After his fifth place finish on the Kandahar he is trailing the injured Aksel Lund Svindal by only 26 points in the downhill standings with two races to go. The healthy chasers all have a deficit to make up: Adrian Theaux (69 points), Kjetil Jansrud (73 points) and Dominik Paris (78 points). At the remaining events in Kvitfjell and at the season finale in St. Moritz a second and third place finish would seal the deal for Peter as well as a victory and 8th place. “The track in Kvitfjell hasn’t been too good to me in the past, but that’s alright because I’ve been having my best results this winter on tracks that don’t really suit my style”, said Fill. Atomic Race Director Christian Höflehner: “At the beginning of the season a globe in the downhill discipline wasn’t part of our realistic season goals. Now Peter is in control of his own destiny if he is performing well.”
“Anyway we are happy to fight for crystal till the very last race.”
MARCEL HIRSCHER: THE LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE TRIP TO ASIA
On Tuesday at the city event in Stockholm Peter Fill will not take part as well as Tina Weirather and Mikaela Shiffrin who is training in Hinterreit getting ready for the Super Com-bined event and Super-G in Soldeu / AND. Marcel Hirscher on the contrary is hitting the home stretch in Stockholm. With ten races to go the main focus in practice has been on the Hinterstoder-triple (one Super-G and two GS) which will take place from 26th to 28th of Feb-ruary, Christian Höflehner: „It was crucial to practice on-site getting used to the undulating terrain, although the fog didn’t allow to take it on from the top. We have also performed ex-tensive tests in the off-time and anticipate to taking another step forward in the GS.“ The unfortunate trip to Asia is already history. „During a long racing season, not everything can work out like it was planned. Marcel meticulously is coming to terms with failure. He’s learning his lessons, and Atomic is trying to support him with the right answers.“