DEC 22, 2020
This past race weekend was a rollercoaster of emotions for the Atomic Nordic unit. Franz-Josef Rehrl was meant to finish on the podium in the Nordic Combined World Cup on home turf in Ramsau am Dachstein. Instead, he ended up in the OR after a mega jump in the trials – cruciate ligament rupture, season over. Cold comfort: from his hospital bed in Linz he watched his Atomic buddies perform strongly – 3rd place for Lukas Greiderer in the first and Fabian Riessle in the second Ramsau race. And there is also sensational news from biathlon evergreen Simon Eder’s performance at his home World Cup in Hochfilzen: 50 shots, 50 hits, nobody shoots as well as he does!
This is really painful: Franz-Josef Rehrl's form curve had been on the rise lately, anything seemed possible at the home World Cup in Ramsau am Dachstein. Then comes the long jump in the trials, which unfortunately he could not stand, abruptly cutting his season short: cruciate ligament rupture, surgery. His teammates from the Atomic Combined unit stepped into the breach: Lukas Greiderer made it onto the podium in 3rd place in the first competition. Fabian Riessle finished 5th in this race and grabbed 3rd place in the second competition, in which Greiderer was 4th and Manuel Faisst 7th.
“It's such a shame that the season is over for Franz-Josef. The team wishes him all the best for his recovery and therapy. It’s positive that the other guys have again performed so consistently in Ramsau.”
GOOD NEWS FROM SAM: UNBEATABLE ON THE SHOOTING RANGE
Peter Landl is psyched about Simon Eder’s performance at the Biathlon World Cup in Hochfilzen. The Atomic evergreen is currently unbeatable on the shooting range: he hits, and hits, and hits. In Hochfilzen, 50 out of 50 shots hit the target – overall, Master Eder has had no more than five misses out of 160 shots this season. Peter Landl: “It's just unbelievable, none of the top athletes are currently shooting as well as Sam. I am convinced that he can still step up his skiing performance and I am happy that his 9th place in the pursuit and his 11th place in the mass start indicate an upward trajectory.” The same goes for Atomic biathlete Benjamin Weger, who has consistently placed top-15 this season.
TOUR DE SKI: ALL HOPES ON EVGENIJ BELOV
On New Year’s Day, the Tour de Ski will start without the leading cross-country nations from Scandinavia – this opens up great chances for Russian Atomic athlete Evgenij Belov. Peter Landl: "He's in good shape and I'm confident that Evgenij will play a major role at the Tour de Ski."