DEC 17, 2018
A legendary Giant Slalom course on the World Cup circuit is the “Gran Risa” in Alta Badia, where only the best of the best win. Nobody has ever won as masterfully as Marcel Hirscher: his 2.53 second lead over the rest of the world’s best is now a new record. For the Redster superstar himself it was his 61st World Cup win, further confirmation that everything is under control. A small secret behind Marcel’s magic Giant Slalom performance is codenamed “Bambi”…
In Giant Slalom Marcel Hirscher remains a superpower. He proved this in his 60th World Cup win a week ago on his favorite slope in Val d’Isère. With his 61st win he made all those, who wanted to beat him in the race, see, it’s more than just a lead he’s in a different world: a 2.53 second lead over the rest of the GS world. His sixth win in Alta Badia was his 30th win in Giant Slalom. Winning on the “Gran Risa” by such a record lead is only just a footnote in Hirscher’s latest string of highlights.
The skiing super star isn’t getting tired, he’s just getting faster. This isn’t just due to his fitness but also his relaxed manner whilst still remaining focused at the same time, and above all it’s thanks to his race intelligence. It’s still early on in the season; it’s going impressively well but even so Marcel and the Atomic Development department have already been preparing in advance. “Marcel started with one of the latest generation of our Redster G9 series, specially constructed for him” admitted Atomic Global Race Manager Christian Höflehner. A snippet of information but no more.
“We managed to achieve a breakthrough in the ski construction thanks to Marcel’s feedback. He tested the news skis the previous day on the “Bambi” training slope and they worked superbly”
CODENAME “BAMBI“: MANUEL FELLER IS ALSO MORE CONSISTENT
“The day before the Giant Slalom was perhaps the most important this winter“ Höflehner said, after the latest Atomic innovations from continuous development were tested on the “Bambi training slope“ under real conditions (sounds cuter than it is) and proved to be highly effective not just for Manuel Feller but also for others. “Sure, our new binding helps to control the pull and punch of the skis more effectively. But the complete set up with ski construction, shaping, preparation and boot fitting still needs to be optimized for the whole package again. And a lot of progress was made on this training day”, Höflehner is really happy. Manuel Feller wasn’t really error free on his runs to 4th place but with a new choice of shaping, his performance was more consistent than in his previous races. Marco Schwarz’s performance also looked promising, as he skied his way to 17th place in the first run after a late starting number, but unfortunately failed to finish in the second run.
ATOMIC SPEED TEAM WITH HOMOGENOUS FITNESS MIT HOMOGENEM FORMAUFBAU
The speed unit in the Atomic team is getting up to speed, where it’s desirable for all of them to be constantly fit throughout the whole World Championship season. In the Super G in Val Gardena Adrian Smiseth Sejersted, Andreas Sander and Mauro Caviezel came in 8th, 10th and 11th places. In the downhill on the Saslong piste only two Atomic racers were in the Top 30 on the start list, and on the results list it was finally eight. Travis Ganong, making a comeback, missed the podium by only 13 hundredths of a second. “We only need to be a bit more patient for podium results. I’m convinced it’s just a matter of time”, according to Höflehner.
A FULLY PACKED RACE PROGRAMME BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Before Marcel Hirscher can celebrate Christmas as a dad, there are four races still to be fought for: the parallel Giant Slalom in Alta Badia, Giant Slalom, and Slalom in Saalbach-Hinterglemm and the Night Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio. This week the Ladies have their speed races in Val Gardena, as well as the Giant Slalom and Slalom in Courchevel.