JAN 23, 2017
Marcel Hirscher’s triumph in Kitzbühel means much more than “just” the 42nd World Cup victory of his career.
On the second run he raced from position 9 to victory signaling to his competition: The best ski racer of the present unleashes this performance when he races for the 6th Big Crystal Globe in series. An important victory for the Redster hero: 388 points in the lead of the overall World Cup makes him a class of his own also in the Schladming night race in the red jersey of the king of the world of slalom.
On the second run, Marcel Hirscher used his ski set from Wengen in a dream race to victory. It was one of those races after which the ski world gave standing ovations to the Redster hero. On the first run he was far behind and in the end so far ahead - only Marcel can do that. This gap (1.02), this classification (9th), and as Marcel said himself "the fact that Henrik Kristoffersen wasn’t in the race", had activated the absolute racer within him. The racer who wasn’t always focused with discipline on the 6th Big Globe in series and had to race for it with calculated risk: 100 percent risk. 100 percent performance. 100 percent Marcel. "This was a signal and the timing achieves something with Marcel's competitors: such a powerful demonstration at the peak of the slalom season, just before the World Cup in St. Moritz poses a mental challenge for the rest of the world. Schladming is next, where Marcel has often shown that he is mentally the greatest. The pace he sets is quite extreme", Atomic Race Manager Christian Höflehner summarizes, happy with his super star and the entire race weekend.
A FANTASTIC SUNDAY WITH THREE PODIUMS IN TWO RACES
In the speed competitions on the Streif, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde only missed 2 hundredths for the podium in the Super G, Max Franz (5th) and Peter Fill (7th) were also close. In the Downhill race, Peter Fill missed the third place by 7 hundredths. The Atomic ladies in the Garmisch Downhill didn’t score a top 3 result but promptly compensated for that in the Super G: Stephanie Venier took her first podium with second place in the 43rd World Cup race. Tina Weirather was third. In the Super G World Cup ranking they are placed in reverse order. In Cortina d'Ampezzo, the next speed weekend is on the agenda for the ladies, the night slalom in Schladming for the men, as well as two Downhill races and a GS in Garmisch.