FEB 18, 2019
The World Cup tour stopped in Cogne, Italy: the last test before the Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld. And it looks promising from the Atomic Nordic Unit point of view. Since the Swede Johann Hagström fell on the way to Gold and became the tragic hero at the U23 World Championships in Lahti, the young athlete in the World Cup has had a rocket start to the World Cup. A week ago a well-deserved 9th place, this time in her second World Cup race ever, she came third! Only a selected few manage to get on the podium so quickly, and on top of that, just before the World Championships. And talking about that: this is the last update from the Redster stars before they start soon in Seefeld.
JOHANNA IS AWESOME
Experts predict a great future for her. The Swedish sprinter Johanna Hagström, well-casted raw diamond in the Atomic Nordic Team scouting program, drew all the attention a few weeks ago at the U23 World Championships. With an unlucky fall in the Classic sprint on her way to the Gold medal. Others would have had to gnaw mentally on that for a while, but not Johanna. Since her performance at the U23 World Championships she got her ticket to the World Cup and she’s using it: ninth in her opening race and third in the second race. Such a great start in the top league can hardly be topped by anyone.
HOW ARE THE REDSTERS DOING?
Atomic star Sondre Fossli ended the World Championship rehearsal in Cogne coming in fifth in the Sprint. Also very pleasing was 6th place for Viktoria Carl in the 10km race. Redster athlete Evgeniy Belov also came in sixth over 15 kilometers. It’s looking very good that this was the qualifying for the Russian for the “15km” race in the World Championships. Belov will definitely be at the start of the Skiathlon. The young Frenchman Valentin Chauvin also got off to a good start. After 7.2 kilometers he was in 4th place, then, ninth after 10 kilometers and finally came over the finishing line in 13th place.
There’s also good news from the Atomic biathlete Benjamin Weger, who came in eighth in the Sprint and sixth in the Pursuit in the World Cup at Soldier Hollow. It didn’t go so well for Redster star Simon Eder initially: after problems with the shooting, he started his catch up, from 37th to 13th place, that’s only really possible with the perfect material set up. In the Mixed Relay, he came in 2nd place and made it a successful Sam weekend from his trip to Soldier Hollow.
HOPING FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS
“We’ve been to Seefeld before: it’s a super competition location with stable weather report, this will be a skiing festival,” Peter Landl, Nordic Team Manager at Atomic, is convinced, before this season’s highlight kicks off. Except for Evgeniy Belov all Atomic medal candidates are focusing on their World Championship start. Especially for the double Olympic winner and third in the Tour de Ski Simen Krueger, sprinter Hanna Falk, Lotta and Tiril Weng from Norway and naturally the Nordic Combined trio with Franz-Josef Rehrl, Manuel Faisst and Fabian Riessle.