JAN 29, 2020
There’s no better way to confirm a team strategy than through race results: in the 30 km skiathlon in Oberstdorf all but one Redster athletes made it into the top 30 – on a very selective course and in a race that’s considered a world championship rehearsal. Simen Hegstad Krueger grabbed his next World Cup podium with a 2nd place, inspiring his teammates to show strong performances too. In Oberstdorf Atomic combined athlete Franz-Josef Rehrl reached the podium for the first time in this so-so winter. Redster biathlete Simon Eder continued his upward trend, finishing 8th in the mass start (his season’s best) and landing in 3rd with Lisa Hauser in the single-mixed relay race. It’s looking very promising for the biathlon team less than three weeks ahead of the world championships in Antholz.
“With our strategy of ‘few, but the right athletes for a strong team’ the trial run for the Nordic Skiing world champs 2021 in Oberstdorf could not have been better,” Nordic Race Manager Peter Landl is pleased. Redster top star Simen Hegstad Krueger showed a strong race in the 30 km skiathlon on a difficult course, skiing into 2nd position. In the wake of his success the rest of the Atomic team scored too: Evgenij Belov (9th), Andreas Katz (12th), Jonas Baumann (13th), Ermil Vokuev (22nd), Hugo Lapalus (26th). Landl: “This is the best team result we’ve had in a while and it proves we’ve taken the right measures with our team mix.” How the team is put together is one factor of success for the Atomic Nordic Unit; the other one is the Redster equipment, both in classic and skating.
“It clearly showed in Oberstdorf and our athletes confirm it too: the world championship courses are special terrain that require a perfect setup.”
This goes for Nordic combined too. Franz-Josef Rehrl landed in 3rd in the single event doubling as world championship rehearsal, finally making it onto the podium again. Fabian Rießle reached a 5th and Manuel Faisst a 9th place, both contributing significantly to Germany’s 2nd place in the team event.
Seasoned biathlete Simon “Sam” Eder also performed well just weeks before the world champs in Antholz. It looks like he will reach his goal of being in top shape for the championships. He achieved a season-best 8th place in the 15 km mass start in Pokljuka and landed in the top 3 again with Lisa Hauser in the single-mixed relay race, after having grabbed the relay podium with team Austria just a week ago in Ruhpolding.