Austria / Alpine Race
date of birth
September 01, 1989
Golf, Trial, Freeriden
Max Franz celebrated his first World Cup victory in Val Gardena. His buddy Marcel Hirscher is also celebrating a first in Alta Badia. For his 41st victory he wore a model of the latest Redster ski boot generation. Two wins and so many highlights - Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Tina Weirather in 2nd place in the Super-G’s. Sofia Goggia fixed podium number 5 and 6, and is more and more becoming the new ski favorite of Italy.
The downhill classic on the Saslong slope in Val Gardena seemed to be over: Travis Ganong and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (the day before he was second in the Super-G) were well placed in the ranks 5 and 6. Max Franz was still at the starting line, while the supposed winner was congratulated at the finish line. Way too early! As this day was reserved for what Max Franz has always been predicting: that he would at some time win by taking his genius skiing talent to a race.
This bearer of hope for the speed discipline has been waiting for this moment for 91 races and again and again took setbacks on his way. And then this victory race! "I could not believe it when the green light turned on," Max said at the finish line, visibly touched. "He never gave up the dream! It was a very emotional moment for all of us - for the service man Tom Bürgler, for me and judging by the text messages, also for the entire workforce at Atomic. This constitutes team spirit - and it makes us strong", says Race Manager Christian Höflehner, commenting on the previous season and the final weekend of the race before Christmas. His team? Is still on the best case course: "Just a single podium place is missing, otherwise in all races one of our Atomic athletes stood on the podium so far."