MAR 02, 2020
Atomic’s team strategy of just a few but the right athletes for optimum race support is as straight as it is successful – the opening of the Junior and U23 Cross Country World Championships in Oberwiesenthal proved it again: Atomic athlete Johanna Hagström took silver in the U23 Sprint event, and Norway’s Redster millennial Ansgar Evensen is Junior Sprint world champion 2020. “We’ve supported him since he was a little kid,“ says Nordic Team Manager Peter Landl. Ansgar’s goal? To be part of team Norway at next year’s Nordic World Championships in Oberstdorf – alongside Redster superstar Simen Hegstad Krueger, who achieved his career-best 15 km interval start Classic result in Lahti this past weekend. He’s still in the race for 3rd position in the overall World Cup, and in the Long Distance ranking he fights for 2nd place. Tiril Udnes Weng demonstrated her good form in Lahti too: Relay triumph with team Norway and place 12 in the 10 km race.
Ansgar Evensen? So far only a few Nordic insiders had heard of him. The millennial from Norway (born in 2000) is not only a junior serial winner, he’s also Norwegian champion in the adult ranking. Right at his world stage debut in the opening race of the Junior and U23 Cross Country World Championships in Oberwiesenthal he took the Sprint gold. And he was pretty clear about his ambitions too: “I want to be part of team Norway at the Nordic World Championships in Oberstdorf next winter!” A powerful statement from a powerful young athlete, who has been skiing on Atomic since his childhood days. Team Manager Peter Landl praises the Redster rookie’s determination: “He knows exactly what he wants. A professional mindset as Ansgar’s is pretty rare at this age. We’re happy he’s part of our team.” The same goes for Ansgar’s female counterpart and Atomic teammate Johanna Hagström, who took silver in the U23 World Championships Sprint. And young German Redster athlete Anian Sossau also delivered a real show of talent with place 5 in the men’s Sprint.
While Atomic’s next generation gained world attention at the Junior World Champs, top star Simen Hegstad Krueger achieved his career-best interval start result in a 15 km Classic race with place 6 in Lahti. He still has a chance to secure a spot on the podium in both the overall World Cup (fighting for 3rd position) and the Long Distance ranking (2nd place within reach). Tiril Udnes Weng is back to old strength winning the Relay race with team Norway and finishing the women’s 10 km race as 12th, Viktoria Carl came in 16th.
There’s good news from the Redster Combined athletes too: Having grabbed a 5th place in Trondheim a week ago, Manuel Faisst secured place 2 in the Lahti Team Sprint. Fabian Riessle finished 5th in the Individual competition.