JAN 09, 2018
Without the figureheads Simen Hegstad Krueger, Sondre Turvoll Fossli und Hanna Falk, who preferred to prepare for the Winter Games in Korea, the Redster Nordic team performed much better than expected in the Tour de Ski. The absolute highlight: three Top 10 places in the Ladies mass start competition over 10 kilometres in Oberstdorf. Emma
At the second venue of the Tour de Ski Sweden’s Maria Nordstroem (5th / +4.4. seconds), Norway’s Anna Kjersti Kalvaa (8th / +6.5 seconds) and Sweden’s Emma Wiken (10th / +7.1 seconds) no less than three Atomic Ladies were ahead of the subsequent overall winner Heidi Weng. With Linn Soemskar (SWE/13th) and Silje Oeyre Slind (NOR/16th) two other colleagues were less than 10 seconds behind the winner in this skating competition. For Nordstroem and Kalvaa 5th and 8th place respectively are the best individual World Cup results of their career to-date. In the sprint competition the U23 ex-world champion Victoria Carl held the reds high. At the end of last year the German lady achieved her best World Cup result in this discipline to-date coming in in 12th place in Lenzerheide. The best place in the overall standings went to Emma Wiken. On the last stage of the Tour de Ski (9km hill climb) in the ski resort of Alpe Cermis the 28 year old managed 13th place which helped her to move into 14th place in the overall standings of the Tour de Ski.
In the men’s competitions the Redster unit also managed convincing places just outside the Top 10. After an impressive race to catch up, Jonas Baumann (SUI) came in 11th place over the 15km classic in Lenzerheide, only 2 seconds off, Damien Tarantola (FRA) only 1.4 seconds off the Top Ten in the 15km mass start in Oberstdorf. The winner was only 6.7 seconds faster. With the subsequent 9km hill climb Andreas Katz (GER) came in in 16th place.
The traditionally challenging conditions for the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof didn’t pose any problem for Atomic ski biathlete Benjamin Weger. The Swiss man finished in 8th place in the 10km sprint after a mistake in the prone position only 49 seconds off the winning time. In the pursuit the 28 year old improved and came in 7th place despite two misses. With 252 points in the World Cup Weger is now in an impressive 6th place in the interim rankings.