FEB 27, 2017
The World Championships in the rearview mirror, firn under the Redster G9 Servotec, temperatures well above zero - three unmistakable signs that the World Cup team is nearing the finish line.
Only six men's and eight women's races are still outstanding. And the Redster crew still has big plans: After the six competitions of Crans Montana and Kvitfjell (two victories, five podiums) seven Crystal Globes are within reach, four of them are literally reserved for the Atomic top performers.
Mikaela Shiffrin and Peter Fill in Crans Montana and Kvitfjell were the crowning finishes of the weekend, both of them cheered in their premiere victories. The 21-year-old three-time Slalom World Champion carved from rank 7 in the Super-G to her first triumph in the Combination - her already 29th World Cup victory! The Redster poster child refrained voluntarily in the first Combination on Friday - for security reasons. Atomic Race Director Christian Höflehner: "I'm glad that Mikaela didn’t race. To risk an injury at the current standings in the Overall World Cup would be nearly negligent." The decision proved to be correct. After her success in the second Combination, the American is facing her first Overall World Cup victory – with four technical competitions to go she still leads by 298 points.
Peter Fill was responsible for the second premiere - World Cup victory number 3, the first in the Super-G. The 2016 Downhill World Cup Champion will tackle mission ‘title defense’ at the Aspen final in the role of the hunter. Eight hundredths were the deciding factor for rank 2. Now he needs to catch up by 33 points. "I like the starting position. I’ll do my part, the rest is out of my hands." Michaela Kirchgasser (third in the first Combination) and Stephanie Venier (third in the Super-G) were responsible for the other podium finishes.
MIKAELA AND MARCEL: AN ABSOLUTE BLAST
In addition to Fill also Tina Weirather (Super-G / outsider chances for Stephanie Venier) and Marcel Hirscher (Slalom) are facing a hot dance around the Small Crystal Globe. Both are, however, the leaders in the last two competitions. The Atomic Heroes already have their hands already on the Globe In four further categories. In addition to Mikaela Shiffrin (Overall, Slalom) also Marcel Hirscher, who comfortably leads the Giant Slalom by 94, and the Overall World Cup by now only mathematically achievable 404 points. Christian Höflehner: "We will fight for each Crystal like lions. But to know the two Big Globes are within reach, of course, is an absolute blast."
The World Cup team is now moving to Jeongson (Korea / Women) for a Downhill race and a Super-G for the final Olympic rehearsal, the men will compete in Kranjska Gora in Giant Slalom and Slalom.